WHAT IS ARTHRITIS?
Arthritis is a disorder affecting one or more joints of the body. It is characterized as inflammation, pain, and stiffness of the joints. Arthritis can also present as redness, warmth, swelling and decreased range of motion in the affected joint or joints. Onset can be gradual or sudden.
Facts About Arthritis
There are actually over 100 different classifications of arthritis. The two most common forms of arthritis seen clinically are Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that usually occurs with age and affects the fingers, knees and hips. Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that often affects the hands and feet.
WHAT IS DEPRESSION?
Depression is a mental disorder characterized by low mood, self-esteem, and loss of interest or pleasure in normally enjoyable activities. People with depression should seek therapy early to reduce health effects and improve quality of life.
Facts About Depression
Depression is a major cause of illness and is associated with reduced social functioning, decreased quality of life, and lack of ambition. Depression can also contribute to acute and chronic diseases. Nearly 16 percent of people suffer from depression at some point in their lifetime.
Depression Can Lead To:
Acupuncture For Depression
Acupuncture is an effective treatment for depression. Combined with Chinese herbs, acupuncture can stabilize mood swings, combat stress-induced fatigue and reduce the anxiety that often co-occurs with depression.
By treating the root cause of the disease, the internal imbalance caused by external stress, acupuncture can dissolve blockages in the body flow of vital energy. The blockage of the body’s flow of vital energy when left untreated, could result in difficulty to concentrate, poor sleep, and end of the depression.
Patients would begin to experience relief in as few as six treatments. They typically have improvements in sleeping patterns and anxiety, start feeling more energetic, and an enhancement in their well-being. Acupuncture strengthens the body’s physiological balance, which improves the body’s ability to manage stress.
Acupuncture Vs Western Medicine
The most common treatment for depression in Western Medicine is mood-stabilizing with pharmaceutical medications. Intake of these medications over a long period of time, causes damage to the internal organs, especially to the liver and kidney. The side effects are harmful, one of which could be suicide. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs helps stabilize the body's endocrine system to naturally stimulate the production of endorphins.
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