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Acupuncture for Depression and Anxiety


Causes of Depression and Anxiety


Emotional disorders like stress, depression and anxiety aren’t purely mental issues and are linked to internal organ systems in traditional Chinese medicine.

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine have always been considered that connection between mind and body is inseparable. Along with the ancient descriptions of external environmental disease factors, such as Wind, Heat, Dryness, Dampness and Cold. Internal causes of disease are due to emotions, such as anger, hate, jealousy, constant complaining, and stress can be related to each of the five pairs of internal organ systems of the body. Imbalances within these organ systems could be the origin of the emotion, or the emotion could be injuring the corresponding internal organ system.

How to Treat Depression and Anxiety


While modern life has helped make many aspects of daily living easier, many people still suffer from emotional distress. Subsequently, anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental-emotional conditions affecting individuals today. The good news is that acupuncture can provide a natural form of relief from these feelings, helping you return to a happier life.

Regardless of whether you are experiencing anxiety, depression, or some other emotional difficulty, making changes in your lifestyle can help balance your mind. For example:

  • get up earlier and go to sleep earlier (before 11:00 pm)
  • eat three meals regularly
  • get more sunlight without sunglasses

More importantly, consider beginning a program of exercise to help circulate your own energy and studying a form of meditation to learn how to control and relax your mind. Activities such as Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Yoga are excellent forms of mind-body exercise that can improve your ability to control both depression and anxiety. Practicing these arts in conjunction with regular acupuncture treatments will provide the foundation for a positive change in your life.

Depression and Sunlight Therapy

Sunlight meditation is the most powerful modality to treat depression in Dr. Huo’s unique healing energy medicine system.  Modern medical studies show that we can treat depression with sunlight therapy ( JAMA).

While bright light therapy is an evidence-based treatment for seasonal depression, there is limited evidence for its efficacy in nonseasonal major depressive disorder (MDD). Bright light treatment, both as monotherapy and in combination with fluoxetine, was efficacious and well tolerated in the treatment of adults with nonseasonal MDD. However, the combination treatment had the most consistent effects.

Depression and Sunlight Meditation

If sunlight therapy fails to help you to get rid of depression, and you want to learn the most powerful and effective sunlight meditation technique, please contact Dr. Huo’s office for more information.