With the onset of darker and colder nights, our mood can be affected, impacting our sleep patterns, our diet and energy levels. For some people it can be worse. Sufferers from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), may experience symptoms of depression.
At least one person in every six becomes depressed in the course of their lives and with one in 20 people diagnosed as clinically depressed*, complementary therapies are playing a bigger part in the way patients tackle mental health issues. Acupuncture particularly, has been recognised for its benefits in treating depression and low mood.
Neil Quinton, acupuncturist and British Acupuncture Council member explains: "Depression is actually one of the most common health issues we are approached about. An acupuncture session completely focuses on the patient and hears what they experience. It involves one-to-one time in order to understand them as an individual with their treatment plan specifically tailor made. This, in combination with the needling to lift mood and give much needed relief, can be very powerful."
With a long history of use in the treatment of psychiatric disorders in China, acupuncture is now increasingly being used both on its own and in conjunction with other therapies, such as psychotherapy and antidepressants, in the UK. -ENDS- To find out more about how acupuncture can help depression, including the latest research, read our factsheet. To find a practitioner in your area call the British Acupuncture Council on 020 8735 0400 or visit www.acupuncture.org.uk
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