• Kate Macalister

Mental Health Awareness week

It's Mental Health Awareness week, started with the aim of removing the stigma which has too often been associated with mental health difficulties, and to remind us that 1 in 4 of us will have problems with our mental health at some point in our lives.

There's good advice in the graphic above, but many people have also found that acupuncture can be really useful in helping them re-gain their mental balance.

To quote one patient that I treat for anxiety: "it helps me to cope with my lifelong symptoms of generalised anxiety and catastrophising. After a few treatments I am already noticing an improvement, with both. Kate's insight has given me a real understanding of how and why I get anxious and react to things the way I do. Kate is extremely knowledgeable, professional, patient and reassuring, I can't recommend her highly enough. I wish I'd discovered her years ago!"

Another patient, who has been treated for depression, noticed that at the end of one treatment: "it's so weird - logically I know nothing has changed in my circumstances in the last hour, but now I feel like I can cope and it's manageable. Thank you!"

It's completely safe if you want to have acupuncture alongside taking medication, and treatments are an hour, giving you an opportunity to be heard and understood, as well as to be treated.

A study found that acupuncture added to existing treatment of depression and anxiety with Paroxetine, not only produced better results as measured by the patients' Quality of Life scores, but it also reduced the side effects of the medication:

Another study in 2014 also found that acupuncture helped with depression and associated insomnia. Acupuncture was compared with treatment with the antidepressant, Mirtazapine. The outcomes were measured with the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D). The patients using acupuncture had a 9.7% HAM-D score improvement within one month of treatment, and a 36.2% improvement within three months of treatment, crucially without side effects. The Mirtazapine group of patients demonstrated a HAM-D score improvement of 15.9% within one month and 32.5% within three months, however side effects were noted.

To read more about the wider research behind acupuncture and mental health issues, the Evidence Based Acupuncture site is a good place to start:

We offer a free 15 minute no obligation consultation to all prospective patients - you can ask any questions you may have and settle any anxieties you may have about acupuncture treatment. This can be on the phone or face to face if you prefer. To get in touch, see the options at the bottom of the page.

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