We get this question all the time, can I do acupuncture if I am taking medication for my depression, anxiety, sadness?
More and more people are searching for holistic health treatment options for supporting their mental health as traditional medication may not always provide the relief they need.
We are seeing people coming into our clinic that have been on medication for years and are ready to add something or try something new. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine work to balance our whole body - even our emotional health. There are meridians that govern over each of the different emotions and other body functions that play a key role in our mental health. We use the tools of Traditional Chinese Medicine to support proper functioning of those meridians. Those tools may include Acupuncture, Herbal Therapy, Food Therapy, Cupping, or a combination of any of these.
Many patients have been on the same, or a variety of medications for years, and they notice they are not feeling the effects anymore, or maybe there are certain undesirable side effects that they just don't want to deal with.
When it starts to feel like the medication is not helping like it did when you first started, it might be because your body chemistry is accustomed to the meds. It is possible that your digestion is not functioning at its best, so you do not absorb the medication effectively. If you have digestive discomfort like bloating, constipation or loose stools, these are signs that your digestion needs support. Sometimes a lack of quality, restful sleep can also interfere with proper absorption and use of medications. There are many possible reasons why your body isn't responding to the medications as expected.
Here at EastWest Acupuncture, we meet the patient where they are at. We never want our patients to feel ashamed for taking medication to help with their mental health. We will support our patients and collaborate with their western health care professional. We also will never tell a patient to stop taking meds, decrease their dosage, or otherwise change their meds unless they are working with the prescribing doctor of their medication.
At EastWest Acupuncture we want to give you the tools to heal- the body has an innate ability to HEAL ITSELF and we are here to help!