According to acupuncturist Jamie Starkey, from the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative Medicine, studies have shown that the process of acupuncture can help to release a flow of feel good chemicals into the brain.
Antidepressants are now one of the most heavily prescribed medications in America today, but with depression figures on the increase more and more people are looking for alternatives.
According to Starkey there are various functional MRI studies which are showing that acupuncture has an effect on chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin in the brain. These are actually our feel good chemicals which help us to feel positive and happy.
“And so, what we’re finding is that for these patients that are suffering from mild to moderate depression, acupuncture is just as effective as these antidepressants,” Starkey added.
For an even more effective result Starkey has said that combining acupuncture with antidepressants can help people to achieve a “better therapeutic effect.”
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