Depression is a serious condition that affects the physical and mental health of those suffering from it and is something that should not go untreated. ‘Antidepressant’ has become a household word and I’m sure we all know of someone who is taking some kind of prescribed antidepressant medication.
However, what about people looking for alternatives to these traditional western treatments or those wanting to supplement their medication with some form of natural therapy. In this article we will discuss the following alternative treatments for depression:
- Music Therapy
- Quantum Neuro Recoding (QNR)
- Massage Therapy
In music therapy, music is used to address the physical, emotional and social needs of the person. Creating and listening to music allows the person to express themselves in nonverbal ways. It can provide a sense of passion and pleasure and gets people moving, all of which help with depression.
Music therapy can be active or passive. In active therapy the patient and therapist create music together and the patient then shares any thoughts or feelings that arise from the compositions. In passive therapy the patient does some kind of reflective activity such as drawing or meditating and then discusses with the therapist any feelings or memories that came up during the process. Both processes help the patient develop insight to their problems which is a step towards overcoming depression.
Quantum Neuro Recoding (QNR)
QNR is one of the most advanced methods currently available in the world for treating depression. Developed in Australia by Terri Bowman, this revolutionary therapy that currently has a 98% success rate* providing long-term relief from depression. It is 100% natural, safe and drug free, and works by interacting with the inter-connective memory between an individual’s DNA, genes, chromosomes and neurons.
‘Programs’ are input by a Neurotherapist reading out specific recoding. Preventing the individual’s unconscious brain from accessing ineffective genetic memory and therefore old behavioural patterns, that previously caused them to become depressed. As a result the old negative neural pathway will eventually atrophy because that pathways is no longer used, therefore creating permanent positive change in the way you think, feel and behave. Learn more.
Aromatherapy is using the aromatic, essential oils from plants, flowers and herbs to improve a person’s physical and psychological well being. The oils can be inhaled, sprayed into the air or applied directly to the skin. It works by stimulating the smell receptors in your nose which then sends messages through the nervous system to the part of the brain that controls your emotions and memory.
Each individual oil has a different effect on the body and emotions, and certain essential oils can help to relieve stress and promote relaxation. The oils most commonly used to help relieve the symptoms of depression are Bergamot, Lavender, Chamomile and Ylang Ylang. Essential oils are generally safe for most people to use, however, if you are pregnant or suffer from allergies it is best to see a health professional for advice first.
Acupuncture is where fine needles are inserted into the skin onto acupuncture points. Acupuncture points are found on the meridians, which are pathways of energy that run throughout the body. Each meridian corresponds to certain organs in the body and each organ is associated with different emotions. The energy flowing through the body via these meridians can get blocked and create imbalances in the body resulting in physical, mental and emotional problems.
According to traditional Chinese beliefs, Depression is a result of the imbalance of the energy flowing through the body. Studies have shown that acupuncture releases endorphins, activates the body’s natural painkillers and helps to regulate emotions and moods.
Massage therapy has been used as a form of healing for thousands of years and recent studies have shown that it can reduce the symptoms of depression by affecting the body’s biochemistry. The stress hormone cortisol can be lowered by up to 50% after a massage session, while serotonin and dopamine which are neurotransmitters that help to boost your mood and make you feel good, increase on average by 28%.
Massage therapy also provides a safe nurturing place to totally relax and rest both physically and emotionally and fulfil our need for comforting human touch.
When you are in a meditative state you are completely in the present moment. Therefore, you are not attached to your thoughts of the past or future which can fuel a person’s depression. In this meditative state your alpha and theta brainwaves are dramatically increased which puts you into a deeply relaxed state where you can re-balance and reconnect your body, mind and spirit.
Studies have also show that the sections of the brain responsible for happiness and emotional well being were larger and more active in people who meditate regularly while the sections of the brain related to fear and stress were smaller.
These treatments are a great options for people looking for alternatives to the traditional treatments for depression. However, it is important to always work with a professional therapist and to consult a medical practitioner before stopping any ongoing medication.