22 May

Mental Health: Anxiety

Here’s a feeling most of us have experienced to a greater or lesser degree at some point in our lives. Many of us feel it as a tightening or gripping sensation in our chest, while others may feel sudden shortness of breath or just a strange disoriented feeling. Personally, I’ve experienced many different degrees of […]

8 May

Mental Health: Depression

Our bodies are amazing at telling us when something is out of balance and needs to be restored. We come down with a cold when we’ve been working too hard, we get heartburn when we eat types and amounts of foods that don’t agree with our digestion, we feel a pit in our stomach when we go along […]

17 September

Discover How Meditation Can Affect Your Brain

Meditation is something I’ve been intrigued by for a while. I’ve heard about how it could reduce stress, lower anxiety, and overall just increase my quality of life. I’ve tried getting into a rhythm of being regular with it, but I never lasted longer than a couple of days. Fortunately, all of that changed when […]

1 November

Acupuncture for depression

Depression refers to severe and long-lasting ‘down’ times that impair regular activities. Depression can be caused by a variety of factors, but a family history of depression and severe stress can increase the likelihood of the disease. According to Harvard University, changing estrogen levels during menstruation, after giving birth, and throughout menopause can provoke mood […]

5 February

Acupuncture for mental health

Winter can be a time filled with sadness, self-reflection, loneliness and anxiety. And everyone deals with major upheavals or emotional distress at some point during the course of life, which may cause depression, panic attacks, or disruptions in sleep and eating. Acupuncture can help alleviate symptoms associated with depression and anxiety by treating the root […]

2 October

New Research on Acupuncture for Depression

In a new research study by MacPherson et al showed acupuncture to be effective in treating depression when compared to standard of care. In this study three groups were examined, an acupuncture plus standard care group, a counseling plus standard of care group and a just standard of care group. Researchers found that persons in […]

13 February

Acupuncture, Depression and Exercise

If you’ve ever been depressed, you probably know how it is hard to get physically moving. Even though exercise helps relieve depression, exercising while depressed can be a (literal and figurative) drag. Recent research has indicated that depression may interfere with the body’s ability to recover from exercise.  Specifically, it takes longer for a depressed […]

13 April

Allergies and Depression

Some research studies have found a link between seasonal allergies and depression.  Allergic reactions cause chemical reactions in the brain that result in a decrease in serotonin.   Allergies can also impede sleep, cause headaches, and result in general fatigue, which can contribute to depressive feelings. If you suffer from allergies, depression, or a combination of […]