Throughout the winter season, many of us suffer from depression, SAD, or, simply, feeling the blues.
SAD, Seasonal affective Disorder is the general term for the depression like symptoms people get in specific seasons, usually winter.
There are two theories as to why people get SAD:
Firstly, many scientists believe that is caused by lack of serotonin, the neurotransmitter produced throughout the day which is thought to contribute to the feeling of well being and happiness. Serotonin production is stimulated by sun light and other bright lights.
However, research has shown that it can also be caused by an over production of melatonin, the neurotransmitter that is produced at night, and stimulates fatigue. The production of melatonin is stimulated by darkness and low light.
The symptoms of SAD are somewhat similar to depression, including lack of energy, over sleeping, low enthusiasm to be active and socialize, as well as many more.
Commonly, SAD is treated by light therapy: a method in which a person exposes his/herself to bright light for a period of time every day. This therapy has shown to have good results.
Other people use prescription drugs, antidepressants to rid themselves of SAD.
What we don’t hear enough about is exercise; exercise is probably the best therapy for SAD, and in some cases for depression as well.
Exercise moves circulation, and produces endorphins, other neurotransmitters that contributes to happiness and well being.
Similar to exercise, being outside, being one with the elements, and feeling the elements, is an amazing way to treat SAD and depression in the winter.
Furthermore, exercise also moves Qi, which is the treatment of SAD and depression from Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture direction.
In TCM and Acupuncture, the symptoms of depression and other related symptoms like in SAD, are mostly related to the syndrome we call “Qi stagnation”, and can be related to other syndromes of weaknesses, or deficiencies.
Acupuncture gets circulation moving and releases endorphins as well as moving the Qi, d by doing so, reduces or eliminates depression and other symptoms of SAD.
Acupuncture is a great approach to treatment of these conditions, as well as TCM herbal remedies.
So don’t stay home suffering – come and receive some Acupuncture treatment, and you will feel much better.