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How Acupuncture in Las Vegas May Help with Depression

Acupuncture is an ancient, all-natural treatment that allows us to target a variety of painful and debilitating conditions. Though physical pain relief is its most popular benefit, recent studies and years of experience have proven that acupuncture is also effective at treating depression. At Peter Lok Acupuncture, we understand that depression jeopardizes your ability to work, learn, sleep, eat and enjoy life. Learn how acupuncture could help you restore your quality of life by attacking the symptoms of this devastating condition.

Relieving the Physical Symptoms of Depression in Las Vegas

Depression is a mental health condition that affects the body too. In addition to extreme sadness, guilt, loneliness, and other negative emotions, depression may also cause the following physical symptoms:

  • Chronic pain
  • Nausea
  • Digestive problems
  • Body fatigue
  • Nutritional imbalances (due to decreased appetite)
  • Disturbed sleep patterns (insomnia is most common)
  • Self-harm and suicide attempts

Unfortunately, many of these actually exacerbate the mental effects of depression, creating a vicious cycle of physical and mental pain. During acupuncture treatments, we use needles to activate your brain's natural “neurotransmitters” and correct energy imbalances. One study revealed it even increases production of a neuro-protective protein that depression depletes.

Treating the Side Effects of Antidepressants

women staring sadlyMany of our patients embrace acupuncture as an all-natural alternative to medications. Western medicine often focuses on the symptoms rather than their root cause, but acupuncture allows us to tap into your body's natural pain receptors and energy sources to provide a safer form of relief. However, if you suffer from depression, we understand that the benefits of antidepressants may outweigh the risks. Acupuncture is an effective way to treat some of the physical side effects of antidepressants, such as:

  • Loss of sexual desire or function
  • Dry mouth
  • Weight gain
  • Constipation
  • Vision problems
  • Nausea
  • Drowsiness

Acupuncture has long been linked to pain relief, but recent studies have also linked it to improved sexual functioning in women and men. It also corrects the energy imbalances and anxiety that worsens these side effects. Acupuncture may allow you to continue your psychiatric treatment methods instead of risking the symptoms of untreated depression. It allows you to focus on improvement and forward progress instead of worrying about new problems during your treatment. 

Do you need relief from the psychological and physical symptoms of depression? We invite you to enjoy a mood-lifting treatment at Peter Lok Acupuncture in Las Vegas. Schedule your acupuncture appointment online now, or call us today at 702-732-0178. We look forward to providing the relief you need.