Acupuncture for Anxiety and Depression

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About 40 million of adults in the U.S. show symptoms of anxiety and depression. Because of this, the quality of life of people with these conditions decreases everyday. Usually, the symptoms are treated with conventional medication and psychotherapy. However, alternative anxiety treatments are also considered to be effective. These treatments include use of natural resources and physical activities. Natural remedies for anxiety include acupuncture, yoga, and herbal medicine. While yoga and herbal medicine are more commonly used before, many are now trying acupuncture for depression.

Acupuncture is a practice that dates back to the old days. It uses needles to put pressure on specific points or “meridians” in the body for relief. According to traditional Chinese medicine, the meridians are the tunnels of the body’s energy or “qi”. Acupuncture helps to remove the blockages for the energy to freely flow in the body. When energies to certain body organs are blocked, negative emotions are generated. For example, anger is prominent when the qi to the liver is blocked.

Can acupuncture help with anxiety and depression?

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), the research evidence for acupuncture as a natural anxiety relief for anxiety and depression is now stronger. Moreover, a study conducted in the University of New York shows that acupuncture partnered with counseling, has showed promising benefits for those with anxiety and depression. The acupuncture benefits for anxiety with those who joined the study lasted for about 3 months of relief.

Can acupuncture treat depression?

Depression is a condition where a person is sad or has a low mood most of the time for 3 months or more. Acupuncture may help lessen the symptoms and may act as a stress and anxiety relief. Researches are now being conducted to confirm if acupuncture can be used to treat depression.

In a study conducted in 2013, electro acupuncture was used and was found out that it has the same effects with that of fluoxetine, one of the most common conventional drug for depression.

What will happen during the treatment?

During the session, long, thin needles will be inserted into your pressure points. Needle insertion can be around 10 to 30 minutes depending on your requirement. Then, the needles will be left for around 20 minutes before they will be removed carefully. Just take note that the amount of time will still depend on your need as assessed by your acupuncturist.

Does acupuncture have risks?

Acupuncture has very minimal risks if used for treatment for anxiety and depression. Make sure to get your treatment from licensed acupuncturists.


Acupuncture may be one of the best options available as an alternative treatment for anxiety and depression. It may be used alone or as an adjunct to conventional medicine or other alternative ways like herbal medicine and meditation.

For the best and safest treatment, call us now to book an appointment or to learn more about acupuncture for anxiety and depression. Our master acupuncturist, Dr. Xie Yin, will be glad to be of help to you. For more information, feel free to visit our website at or you may drop by at Yin’s Acupuncture & Herbs Clinic in 9555 Lebanon Road, Building #10, Suite #1003, Frisco, TX.