Usually within 2 to 4 weeks that patients say they feel more calm, more grounded, and have the ability to function much better throughout the day. They also see improvement in sleep patterns along with a general sense of well-being.
A common question is whether acupuncture can be a replacement for psychotherapy or prescription medication. When there is psychotherapy or prescription medications involved, we advise not making any changes unless we are working with your prescribing doctor. Often, acupuncture is an excellent adjunct therapy and does not interfere with any other courses of treatment that you may have. There also many key Western and Chinese herbal medicines for the treatment of anxiety and depression. These should only be prescribed by a licensed health provider in herbal medicine. Often, when herbal medicine is prescribed, there is a dramatic improvement in energy, mood, and sleep patterns.