Acupuncture and Seasonal Depression
As summer fades into the fall and winter approaches, numerous people dread the cooler temperatures and longer nights. This change in seasons can have a profound psychological effect on many and often brings about seasonal depression. This seasonal depression can show up as lower energy and motivation and physical symptoms such as lower immunity, arthritis pain, and frequent colds and flus. It is more prevalent in young adults and women.
In addition, the holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is often jam packed with social and work obligations. This can often stress and overwhelm people during the longest and darkest days of the year, even more so if you are suffering from seasonal depression.
There are ways to manage this stress and actually enjoy the long, dark days of the winter season. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be useful to manage these seasonal symptoms. These modalities can help to balance the physical and emotional symptoms in an effective manner with little to no side effects.
A personal consultation with a licensed and experienced acupuncturist can pinpoint the areas of imbalance that are triggering seasonal depression and associated issues Often, these issues can be addressed and treated with acupuncture, herbs, as well as lifestyle changes such as diet, exercise, and meditation to name but a few.
If you have suffered from seasonal depression in the past, or are currently exhibiting symptoms, now is the time to act to keep the “winter blues” away, and enjoy the holiday season.