A multitude of studies have been done which demonstrate the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating stress and depression but a recent study by University of New York researchers shows that acupuncture is a clinically viable adjunct to treating patients who do not respond to regular treatment.
The study demonstrated that acupuncture affected gene expression in patients who did not respond to regular depression medication and thus demonstrated significant, positive results for the patients. The study found that acupuncture can positively affect brain biochemistry to regulate the gene expression related to depression.
With depression affecting approximately 20 million people in the United States alone, advancements in our understanding of acupuncture as an adjunctive treatment to regular medication is a huge step forward in fighting the epidemic of depression. If you or someone you know suffers from depression and regular medication simply doesn’t cut it then consult a doctor about acupuncture as well as it may just change your life.