Treated Conditions / Miscellaneous / Depression – Insomnia

Acupuncture for depression and anxiety is a good alternative treatment option. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded a pilot study on the effects of acupuncture and depression in women. The results of the study showed that acupuncture was at least as effective as either drugs or psychotherapy without the negative side effects. The reason you might want to consider an alternative treatment option for this condition is that prescription medication can have various undesireable side effects.

Anxiety involves intense feelings of fear, worry or apprehension often associated with specific situations, events or objects. The physical symptoms that accompany these feelings include heart palpitations, trembling, sweating, pale skin, dry mouth, dizziness, nausea, stomach aches, diarrehea, fatigue, chest pain, shortness of breath, or headaches. Someone suffering from anxiety might also experience panic attacks.

Natural treatment for depression and anxiety can help you regain your emotional balance without any long-term negative side effects. Proper nutrition and acupuncture for depression and anxiety help support healthy brain functioning and promote normal mood stability.

Acupuncture for depression and anxiety stimulates the meridians in the body with fine needles. Meridians are energy pathways in the body. A change or a blockage in these energy pathways can produce a chemical reaction in the body that can bring about depression and anxiety. Opening up these pathways by acupuncture can help repopulate the specific feel-good chemicals in the body that are needed for upbeat mental-health as well as physical well-being.

Insomnia is a common condition in which you have trouble falling or staying asleep. This condition can range from mild to severe, depending on how often it occurs and for how long.

Insomnia can be chronic or acute.

Chronic insomnia means having symptoms at least three nights a week for more than a month. Acute insomnia is of shorter duration.

Causes of Insomnia

Insomnia can be brought on in a number of ways, including:

  • Stress
  • Life changes
  • Irregular work schedules
  • Medications
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Mental illness such as depression or generalized anxiety disorder
  • Medical conditions such as arthritis, asthma, Parkinson’s disease, hyperthyroidism, chronic pain
  • Over-the-counter drugs that contain stimulants

Some reports suggest that acupuncture may have a nearly 90% success rate for the treatment of insomnia. Through a complex series of signals to the brain, acupuncture increases the amount of certain substances in the brain, such as serotonin, which promote relaxation and sleep. Acupuncture has been used for 3,000 years to calm the mind and spirit to allow a person to fall asleep and stay asleep during the night. Acupuncture and insomnia almost seem to have a natural link. Acupuncture works by calming the body’s central nervous system, allowing you to relax and sleep better. Without enough sleep, your body cannot regenerate itself to allow its natural energy (Qi) to fight illnesses. Traditional acupuncture is often combined with homeopathy, herbs, scalp acupuncture, and auricular acupuncture to enhance the quality of treatment. These treatments are designed on an individual basis.


Vita-Health Acupuncture and Wellness Center
12301 Taft St #200, Pembroke Pines, FL 33026
Phone: (954) 880-0090