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Acupuncture for Depression

Did you know acupuncture can be a complementary treatment for depression? Depression is a serious medical illness that can affect every aspect of a person’s life. Typically, ~7-8% of Americans experience depressive symptoms. During COVID, however, that number has dramatically increased. COVID-19 has tripled the rate of depression in US adults in all demographic groups.

Increasing scientific evidence supports acupuncture as a complementary treatment for depression and anxiety. Alongside prescribed medications, acupuncture has been shown to improve symptoms and reduce patient suffering.

Research on Acupuncture for Depression

A researcher at the University of York ran a study with 755 people with moderate or severe depression. Researchers split participants into three groups: one group received 12 weekly acupuncture sessions, another group received weekly counseling sessions and the last group was the control. (The control group did receive standard levels of medical care.)

Researchers used the Patient Health Questionnaire 9 (PHQ-9) to assess the severity of depression. At the start of the study, participants had an average score of 16 on a scale from 0 to 27 (higher scores mean more severe depression).

After three months, people in the acupuncture group had an average score of about 9. People in the counseling group had an average score of 11 and those in the control group had an average of 13.

The patients who received acupuncture received larger improvements over three months than the control group. Those benefits remained for three months after the treatments stopped.

Acupuncture for Depression During Pregnancy

Research suggests that ~10% of pregnant women experience depression during pregnancy. A recent study found that a mother experiencing depression and anxiety before and after birth was moderately linked with her child’s deficits in language and cognitive and motor development in infancy.

If left untreated, depression can pose risks to both mother and baby. However, many women avoid taking medication because of safety concerns. In the research study described below, 94 percent of the depressed women involved were reluctant to take antidepressants.

Stanford researchers recruited 150 women whose pregnancies were between 12 and 30 weeks gestation and who had major depressive disorder. The women received one of three treatments: acupuncture specific for depression; general acupuncture not specific for depression; or massage. All women received eight weeks of therapy.

The researchers found that women who received depression-specific acupuncture experienced a bigger reduction in depression symptoms than the women in the other groups. The response rate — having a 50 percent or greater reduction in symptoms — was 63 percent for the women receiving depression-specific acupuncture, compared with 44 percent for the women in the other two treatment groups combined.

Acupuncture for depression in pregnant women can be an especially useful tool.

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Tempe Microneedling

Are you looking for Tempe microneedling and nanoneedling services? Devotees of our facial rejuvenation and facial acupuncture often ask about microneedling.

What is microneedling?

Microneedling is the insertion of super fine, short needles into the skin for rejuvenation. The fine needles create a small wound in the skin. Skin cells respond by increasing product of collagen and new skin cells. Depending on the depth of needle penetration, your skin will experience enhanced absorption of facial serums as well as treatment of scars and wrinkles.

Microneedling and nanoneedling reflect advances in technology and our understanding of what promotes skin regeneration. Instead of scraping away and severely damaging the surface of your skin (the epidermis), these treatments keep the epidermis intact so it can keep your skin healthy. The tiny needles reach below the epidermis and create thousands of microscopic channels. These channels stimulate the skin cells to produce more collagen, elastin and keratinocytes. And they also magnify the skin’s ability to absorb any serums we apply- some studies show up to 3,000%!

Is microneedling the same as nanoneedling?

No. Both microneedling and nanoneedling involve the same concept of inserting fine needles into the skin. However, there are slight differences in procedure and treatment purpose.

MicroneedlingNanoneedling
Number of needle tips12 tips81 tips
Penetration depthUp to 2mm but most often ~0.5mm0.15-0.25mm
Ideal treatment purposes* Deep wrinkles
* Deep acne scars
* Hyperpigmentation
* Pore reduction
* Stretch marks
* More pigmented skin
* Hair growth

* Fine lines & wrinkles
* Blackheads
* Smoothing, toning and glow
* Sensitive areas like around the eyes and on lips
Suggested frequencyOnce every 4 weeksMultiple times a week

How are microneedling and nanoneedling different from facial acupuncture?

Our Tempe facial acupuncture service is a more comprehensive treatment that also includes laser therapy. Facial acupuncture inserts a few needles at specific acupoints to address the issues that the patient is experiencing. These needles may be in the face or in other areas of the body. We recommend facial acupuncture for total body and face wellness.

By contrast, microneedling and nanoneedling inserts multiple fine needles that are rotating very rapidly (in some cases up to 18,000 rotations per minute). These needles only go in the face and just to the areas on the skin where there are issues.

What are other terms for microneedling?

Microneedling is also known as Collagen Induction Therapy.

How many treatments will you need?

Most patients opt for a series of 4 treatments, with optimal results at 6 treatments. Patients will see gradual changes after the first treatment that continue to build through the sessions.

What should you ask your Tempe microneedling practitioner?

Tell us what you are trying to achieve. We can help you understand the considerations with acupuncture, microneedling and nanoneedling and what may be best for you. We’ll also help you understand the time frames for improvement.

Also ask us how our professional treatments cannot be compared to at home treatments.

Juvenate Healing also has proprietary after care protocol to maximize the power of your treatments.

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What Makes the Best Tempe Acupuncture?

Looking for the best acupuncture in Tempe? At Juvenate Healing, we’re proud to have the best licensed acupuncturists and massage therapists. Research studies have shown acupuncture is able to treat a range of physical and mental health conditions. The below table summarizes some of those conditions.

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Acupuncture For Your Cancer Journey

The National Institutes of Health began looking into acupuncture as a complementary therapy for cancer-related symptoms and side effects of cancer treatments in 1997. Since then, researchers have conducted thousands of studies that demonstrate acupuncture can help relieve cancer symptoms. Acupuncture can be a very useful tool and support for your cancer journey.

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COVID Brain? Acupuncture Relaxes and Calms

These days, there’s a lot to keep track of just to get through one day. Even with how hectic schedules were before the pandemic, COVID-19 introduced a whole new set of issues to manage. Issues that are new to many of us, like learning about viruses and how they are transmitted. Acupuncture relaxes and calms the mind and body, helping you deal with the chaos all around you.

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Laser Therapy for Sciatica Pain

The sciatic nerve is the longest single nerve in the body. The nerve starts in your lower back and splits to run through your hips, buttocks, legs, and feet. There is one on the left side and one on the right side.

Could you be experiencing sciatica?

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