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Acupuncture provides hope for depression and anxiety sufferers

New research has found that despite a growing body of research which supports the use of acupuncture for depression and anxiety, a huge percentage of sufferers were unaware this ancient practice could be used to help their condition. 

Earlier this month we blogged about a recent UK-based study which suggested acupuncture could be just as effective as counselling for sufferers of depression. Only a few weeks later, additional research was carried out in a bid to find out how many sufferers would consider this complementary therapy as a treatment option, and how many sufferers even knew it was an option.

The study in question was carried out by the British Acupuncture Council and Anxiety UK, to mark World Mental Health Day which took place on Thursday 10th October.

According to the research a proportionate number of participants (93.8 per cent), said they would be open to trying acupuncture to relieve depression and anxiety problems, though over half of those surveyed (62.7 per cent) were at first, completely unaware it could be of benefit to them.

The charity Anxiety UK believes that this could in part, be down to a lack of understanding about the condition and an issue with accessing different forms of therapy, especially complementary therapies.

Nick Pahl from the British Acupuncture Council said: “As traditional acupuncture can be enormously beneficial for anxiety, we felt it was important to better inform those suffering with the condition about how acupuncture can help so they can make an educated decision regarding their treatment.”

The acupuncture practitioners questioned as part of the study revealed that the most common mental health issue they treat is depression, closely followed by panic attacks and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Interestingly, practitioners also revealed that 87.3 per cent of patients had previously tried conventional medication to treat their problem and were now either using acupuncture either as the sole treatment or in addition to conventional treatment.

If you suffer from depression or anxiety and would like to find out more about how acupuncture may be able to help you, please visit our acupuncture fact-sheet to find out more. 

View and comment on the original Express article. 

Please note, we always advise individuals to consult their GP before starting any additional therapies or treatments. 

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Emma Hilton

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