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Time for Hope: Additional Interventions for Depression

by Dr. Ryan Lombardo, ABAAHP, BCIM, L.Ac.

The World Health Organization has declared April 7th, 2017 this year’s World Health Day to bring attention to a condition we all face at some point in life: Depression. For some people, depression is a passing symptom that may last a few days or weeks and then be quickly overcome. However, for millions of others, depression can become a chronic condition that lingers throughout life.

Depression is characterized as a persistent feeling of sadness or loss that may lead to a variety of cognitive, behavioral, and physical symptoms including changes in mood, sleep, appetite, energy, concentration, libido, confidence, self-esteem, motivation and more. With such a broad range of symptoms, its no wonder researchers are searching for answers as to how we can prevent and treat depression.

While many people battling depression are best treated with medication, there are additional interventions, such as exercise, nutritional supplementation, acupuncture, and meditation, that all have clinically significant effects. Resistance training, endurance exercise, yoga and T’ai Chi have all been shown to reduce depression symptoms. Acupuncture is verified to increase neurogenesis of brain cells in the hippocampus similarly to SSRI’s (commonly prescribed medication) but without potential side effects. SpectraCell Laboratories cites almost forty studies showing the following functional nutrient deficiencies for those battling depression: Magnesium, Selenium, Chromium, Folate, B12, B6, B2, Vitamin D, Carnitine, Inositol, Biotin, Serine, Zinc, and a mix of Antioxidants. Mindfulness and Transcendental Meditation practices have both shown documented reductions in depressive symptoms.

As April 7th quickly approaches, let’s take a moment to gain perspective and consider our own tendencies toward depression and happiness. Pay attention to your thoughts and feelings. Consider the negative but focus on the positive. Express gratitude daily. Are we staying active, eating well, communicating with family and friends, and participating in healthy self-reflection? Awareness presents opportunities to prevent and treat depression before it becomes chronic. In honor of World Health Day, we are promoting WHO’s campaign to raise awareness about the affects of depression and to encourage those suffering to seek help.


There are ways to feel better, and you don’t have to figure it out yourself. We are here to help. If you are interested in acupuncture, micronutrient testing, or guidance in strengthening your health profile, contact our office to schedule an appointment today.

In a recent article, University of York Professor MacPherson states: “Our new data provides a significant step forward in treating chronic pain and managing depression, because patients and health professionals can now make decisions on acupuncture with more confidence. Not only is it more cost effective, but it reduces pain levels and improves mood levels, which could reduce over reliance on drugs that can sometimes result in unwanted side effects.”

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