Acupuncture for Depression
Understanding the Impact of Depression
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), depression is characterised by persistent sadness and a lack of interest or pleasure in previously rewarding or enjoyable activities (WHO, 2023). It can be associated with disturbed sleep and appetite, as well as tiredness and poor concentration. The effects of depression can dramatically affect a person’s ability to function and live a rewarding life and can be persistent and recurrent (WHO, 2023).
Mental health is a key component of overall health and wellbeing, therefore it is an important consideration when finding balance within our mind, body and spirit. The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimated in 2014-2015, 2.1 million Australians, or 9.3 per cent of the population, suffered from some form of depression. On average approximately 1 in 6 people will experienced major depressive disorder at some point in their lives (ABS, 2015).
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare measured mental and substance use disorders (including depression) as the second largest contributor (24%) of non-fatal disease in Australia, behind Musculoskeletal conditions (25%) (AIHW, 2021). These figures form a large portion of disease in Australia, increasing the need for support for those suffering from mental health disorders such as depression.
Depression through the Lens of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine is seen as an adjunct therapy with a holistic perspective. There is a big connection between the mind and the physical body in TCM theory (Maciocia, 2013). The basis of balance within the body depends on the smooth flow of 'Qi' or energy within the body (Maciocia, 2013). When the free flow is impeded, this is thought to lead to symptom presentations both physically and mentally (Maciocia, 2013).
With this considered, acupuncturists and Chinese medicine practitioners consider the whole picture when looking at your health journey, even when depression is concerned. From your gut health, overwork, emotional stressors, dietary habits, to your constitutional state. All these aspects are considered and important when looking at the depression through the Chinese Medicine viewpoint (Maciocia, 2013).
Acupuncture for Depression at our Brisbane Acupuncture Clinic
Our Brisbane Acupuncture clinic is located close to the Brisbane CBD. We are a holistic Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture clinic and believe in the importance of working well together with all health professionals to support you in achieving your own health goals.
As part of your appointments, the acupuncturist will consider your full medical history, and assess your body from a Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) perspective. Individualised acupuncture treatments will then be used to support your body from a TCM framework. In some cases dietary and lifestyle factors as well as Chinese herbs may be considered.
If you have any enquiries as to whether acupuncture would be suitable for you please enquire with us here.