One in four people in the UK experience a mental health issue each year. In all likelihood, we all know somebody affected by either depression or anxiety - two of the most common mental health conditions.
The role of naturopathy in the support of mental health
Naturopathy has been shown to have positive effects on the treatment and management of anxiety and depression disorders.
Changes to diet can have a significant impact on mood. For example, consumption of polyunsaturated fats has been shown to have beneficial effects on the treatment of depression. Studies focusing on the relationship between the gut and the brain have also demonstrated the influence of the gut microbiome on brain function and, with it, mood and behavior.
Herbal teas such as chamomile, lemon balm, valerian and lavender are proven to have relaxing and sleep promoting properties. Studies delivering green tea, curcumin, saffron, and soy have also reported anti-anxiety effects.
Meanwhile acupuncture stimulates the autonomic nervous system and regulates neurotransmitters and hormones. Acupuncture acts on receptors in the brain by reducing sensitivity to stress (fight and flight mode/ sympathetic nervous system), as well as promoting relaxation (rest and digest mode/ parasympathetic nervous system). These changes influence the body's homeostasis, promoting physical and emotional well-being.
Treatments and frequency
The number and frequency of treatments required will depend on the specifics of each individual. I will work with you to understand needs and formulate a specifc treatment plan during your first appointment. We will then continue to review and update this over subsequent sessions based on your responses and progress.
MDPI - Diet, stress and mental health
eMediHealth - Reasons why herbal teas are good for health
NCBI - The gut-brain axis: Interactions between enteric microbiota, central and enteric nervous systems
NCBI - Effectiveness of acupuncture on anxiety disorder
NCBI - Acupuncture for treating anxiety and depression in women
Sage Journals - Trial on the use of acupuncture in adults with chronic, non-responding anxiety symptoms
Journals Sagepub - Acupuncture for depression
Psychology Today - Acupuncture for stress and depression? Yes, please!