Depression is pretty common

The estimates are that one in five people will experience clinical depression in their lives. It’s one of the most common mental health issue we face today. In Chinese medicine, we say one cause of depression is stagnant Qi.

A British study from 2013 found that acupuncture was as good as therapy for depression. In the study, patients who used anti-depressants along with acupuncture improved more after three months than those who took just the anti-depressants.

For Anxiety

In one study, published in the Journal of Endocrinology in March 2013, scientists found that stress hormones in rats were lowered after receiving electroacupuncture. Increased stress is one of the major symptoms in people suffering from anxiety.

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People who want to want to reduce the symptoms of their mood disorders without the side-effects frequently associated with antidepressants or other drugs should consider acupuncture as an alternative.

Acupuncture for depression

Both acupuncture for depression and acupuncture for anxiety is something we’ve seen work over and over again in the years we’ve been in practice here in Portland, Maine. At Rocky Coast we care deeply about those suffering from depression and anxiety. We have worked for years to help support our clients who struggle with these disorders. Acupuncture therapy can be extremely beneficial in the treatment of both anxiety and depression.

Acupuncture can be used in conjunction with Western pharmaceuticals

…to combat some of those side effects and is a nice complement to mainstream medication. You should consider trying acupuncture for depression or acupuncture for anxiety. You will feel well supported and embraced by our practitioners. That we can promise you.


Acupuncture is a holistic, energy-driven approach to health care based upon thousands of years of clinical knowledge.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

We frequently use Chinese Herbal Medicine along with acupuncture for powerful results.


Food can be an incredible vehicle to enhance health and well-being

Sound Therapy

We use the vibrations of tuning forks to complement our acupuncture treaments.


A therapy designed to stimulate the flow of blood and Qi by applying suction through a small glass or plastic cup.



Moxibustion, or moxa, is a traditional Chinese medicine therapy to warm acupuncture points.


Building on traditional acupuncture, this relatively new method intensifies care by introducing electric stimulation.

Gua Sha Treatment

Gua Sha treatment is a Traditional Chinese Medicine pain treatment.


Massage is a terrific complement to Traditional Chinese medicine.