Acupuncture is treatment that is becoming an increasingly popular as an accompanying treatment alongside western medicine. Those who are aware of its many advantages tend to associate its uses with controlling a variety of aches and pains, but what few people know it that it is also an effective treatment for depression.

With mental health issues being a more widely acknowledged issue in society it is only natural that individuals would search for alternative treatments to western medications. However, new research from the British Acupuncture Council (BAC) has revealed that only 10% of people suffering with depression use acupuncture as a treatment. Over 90% of the participants of this study went on to say that they would be open to trying complimentary therapies alongside medication but almost two thirds were not aware that acupuncture could help their condition.

It is widely believed that due to a lack of understanding of depression, the cost of treatments and knowledge of how to access such therapy people are less likely to use acupuncture. Despite acupuncture originating in China over 2000 years ago it is a treatment that recent studies are proving to work for a variety of conditions. New research has shown that acupuncture is able to help ease anxiety and depression by acting on areas of the brain which promote relaxation and ease pain. It also works by deactivating the ‘analytical’ brain which is responsible for anxiety and stress.

As part of the study, acupuncture practitioners were questioned as to what the most common form of anxiety they treat is and depression came in at number one followed by panic attacks and seasonal affective disorder. In addition, nearly two thirds of these practitioners have said that their patients use Acupuncture instead of previous coping methods and nearly 90% of these patients have previously tried medication. This study done in 2009 concludes that acupuncture is a cost-effective treatment worth considering.

Shockingly the study has also suggested that over two thirds of the estimated 3 million people in the UK suffering with anxiety and depression choose not to seek out treatment and will alternatively attempt to carry on with their lives despite it severely affecting their work and personal lives. Here at Shulan College we have our very own experienced acupuncture practitioners and our own acupuncture course to get you fully qualified as an acupuncturist.