Depression, Anxiety, Stress

Anxiety, Depression, stress treated with Acupuncture.

by Dr. Daniel Lee

There are about 8 million Americans that are afflicted with depression.  It is the main cause of suicide which claims over 30,000 lives each year in the US.  Some estimates state that about 20% of people will suffer a major episode of depression during their life.  The western antidepressant drugs such as Effexor, Paxil, Elavil, Zoloft, Prozac, Celexa, Lexapro, Wellbutrin, Trazodone can be beneficial by focusing on maintaining the serotonin levels in the brain.  But, in addition to the side effects, the patients need to take them all the time.  Acupuncture, combined with Chinese herbs, can be a very effective alternative to treat depression, anxiety, stress-induced fatigue and emotions swings resulting in long-term benefits.

The difference with acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatment is that these treatments treat the root cause of the disease–the internal imbalance caused by the exposure to external stress.  Such stress, if not treated, can cause energy “blockage” or changes of the neurotransmitters such as a decrease of brain concentration of the serotonin levels-resulting in symptoms such as anxiety, poor sleep, fatigue, and eventually, depression.

When the proper diagnosis is made, the result can be astonishing.  For example, a lady in her early 30’s with severe depression was brought in by her friend who was concerned that her friend had been having thoughts about jumping off a bridge.  She had been having other suicidal thoughts and could not be left alone.  She was treated with acupuncture only once.  Tears came out of her eyes during the treatment.  She has been fine ever since.

Not all patients have such a dramatic experience.  Most patients with chronic depression and fatigue may not have suicidal thoughts.  Most of them do have anxiety, poor sleep and stress.  Dr. Lee has refined a unique selection of acupuncture points and Chinese herbal combinations to treat the root cause of these symptoms.  Patients can experience relief in 3 to 6 visits. When patients with depression receive acupuncture, they generally experience improvement in the reduction of anxiety, insomnia, as well as more energy, and over all well-being.  Best of all there is no side effect from acupuncture treatments.  On top of these benefits, once patients get well, they will remain well even when they stop taking the herbs and acupuncture treatments.

One question patients often ask is that how can acupuncture for anxiety, depression, stress be effective in the long run when stress is, and always will be, part of our daily life?  The answer is the Acupuncture for Anxiety, Depression, Stress Protocol, passed down by Dr. Lee’s family in the past 2 generations, focuses on treating the root cause of the imbalance so that our body will be able to handle the stress better or maintain the physiological balance better in times of stress.  In short, this Acupuncture Protocol will bring our body above the stress from the state of under the stress.

Acupuncture vs. Antidepressant Drug

Acupuncture vs Antidepressant Drug

Benefits of Acupuncture vs. Drugs

—Fast result: 3 to 6 visits or 1 to 2 weeks of time with Acupuncture for Depression Protocol instead of 1 to 3 months with antidepressant drugs.

—No side-effects, no drug dependence, no addiction.

—Lasting relief after completing the Acupuncture for Depression Protocol.

—Cost saving in the long run.

—Better mood and a sense of well-being.