Acupuncture for Depression

by John McManamy

Karen had been taking Zoloft for three years, but was having trouble with its side effects. Serzone didn’t help, and Paxil (40 mg) only seemed to get her right back where she started – grateful to feel human again, but not at all happy with her excess sleep, weight gain, and loss of sexuality. Karen had originally turned to acupuncture for her flu and bronchitis, and found it worked wonders. Now she wondered if acupuncture could help her depression.

Acupuncture for DepressionA western interpretation would be that the acupuncture points stimulate the central nervous system, releasing chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain, promoting the body’s natural healing abilities. In the words of the National Institutes of Health:

“Studies have shown that acupuncture may alter brain chemistry by changing the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones in a good way.”

An NIH consensus panel of scientists, researchers, and practitioners in 1997 determined that acupuncture has been clinically proven to be effective against nausea from surgery and chemotherapy, addiction, headaches, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, lower back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma, and to assist in stroke rehabilitation. Since then, other studies have looked at pain, ADHD, pregnancy complications, and other diseases and conditions.

Depression Lifted with Acupuncture Treatments in Minneapolis

At Complete Oriental Medical Care licensed acupuncturist Steven Sonmore practices a more effective and longer lasting type of acupuncture called the Balance Method. He has found Balance Method acupuncture to have faster and more reliable results than Traditional Chinese acupuncture. This is done by inserting needles in only the arms from the elbows to the fingers, on the legs from the knees to the toes and on the scalp and ears, so there is no need to undress. There are fewer bad days and most people begin feeling better immediately. The treatments are very relaxing and calming and after treatments most people find themselves less stressed and more able to deal with depressive thoughts and feelings.

Prior to my acupuncture treatments I was depressed with no energy or zest for life. Within 5 weeks of treatments I now have the energy to run around Lake Harriet (3 miles) without the need to stop and catch my breath. I’ve noticed physical changes in my body such as no more swelling in my ankles. Most importantly I’m noticing the beauty around me and again appreciate life as the depression has left.”

Jenny Halloran – Minneapolis, MN

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Reprinted by permission of author, courtesy of, McMan’s Depression and Bipolar web.

For more than 20 years, Steven Sonmore, L. AC, Dipl. AC., has been helping people transform their lives and maintain better health through Chinese medicine. Steven is a licensed acupuncturist, Oriental bodywork therapist, and herbalist. He offers complete health care through acupuncture, Chinese herbs and nutritional counseling. Steven’s patients come from all different ages and walks of life and he has extensive experience treating a spectrum of dis-ease ranging from physical pain and discomfort to emotional stress and anxiety. His extensive experience is evident by the high success rate he consistently has with patients and is licensed by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice. Steven is also certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.