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.
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