Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Can acupuncture help in treating anxiety and depression and how long would it take for improvement?
A: Acupuncture can help with both anxiety and depression. In fact, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been treating depression and anxiety successfully for more than 2,000 years with various combinations of acupuncture, herbs, diet, and exercise. Chinese medical treatment does not just alleviate the symptoms of depression but seeks to find the root cause of this disease.
Every individual’s health balance is unique.
When a patient visits a TCM practitioner with complaints of anxiety and depression, the practitioner first determines the cause of the disharmony in the individual and then creates a personalized treatment plan. The initial course of treatment will likely consist of 12 treatments over the span of 3 months. Depending on how long one has been suffering from depression and anxiety, one may see improvement after just a few treatments.