Monday 1 December 2014

Acupuncture for Canadian Winter Depression

Symptoms related to depression, anxiety, and other mood related disorders, can often surface in the winter months. Acknowledgment of signs and seeking early treatment can help one cope through these tougher months. 

Does this sounds familiar too you? 

Consider acupuncture as a coping strategy to combat this battle.

Acupuncture works by stimulating the body’s flow of energy (or “Qi”). Imbalances of “Qi” often surface as signs and symptoms of illness and pain. By stimulating various points along meridians in the body, acupuncture can help to restore normal balance. It does so by redistributing energy so that you communicate as a whole. As a result, you can feel your best!

Since each and every case of depression is unique, acupuncture targets individual symptoms rather than have a cookie cutter approach to treatment.  For example, there are treatments for poor sleeping habits, crying, anxiety, worry, upset stomach, poor memory, inability to concentrate and body aches. First, your acupuncture provider will do a full history to determine your expectations, wants, and needs before beginning treatment.

A 2013 study by MacPherson, showed that acupuncture might be as effective as counseling for depression related symptoms. This study included 755 randomly selected individuals with depression. Participants who received acupuncture or counseling saw larger improvements over three months than those who had neither treatment. These people also continued too see benefits for 3 months after the treatment was stopped.

If you suffer from depression, anxiety, or feel down as our Canadian winter arrives, consider acupuncture as an alternative to medication.

Compared to the side effects associated with pharmaceutical products often prescribed in western medicine, acupuncture is safe, sterile, and can provide effective lasting and preventative results

About the author

Dr. Kelly DC, Ottawa Chiropractor, believes that chiropractic care can support both acute and chronic pain, as well as help to maintain lifelong wellness. She understands that life's stresses can cause wear and tear on the body and can result in many aches and pains along the way. 


  1. It is very cold in Canada in winters so the people like me get depression due to be prisoners in our own houses. I have heard from a lot of people that the old Chinese technique of acupuncture helps a lot.

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