The Management of General Anxiety and Depression (GAD) with Acupuncture conference

Saturday, 17 June 2017 - 9:15am to Saturday, 17 June 2017 - 4:45pm

St Andrew's Northampton

Acupuncture in the treatment of stress and anxiety.

Course Tutor: Jennie Longbottom MSc MMEd BSc FCSP BMAS


A one day course exploring the use of acupuncture for the management of general anxiety and depression (GAD). In this practical and theoretical workshop participants will be introduced to an effective strategy for GAD, using recent research with informed acupuncture practice inmanagement conjunction with biopsychosocial models of CBT and mindfulness. The workshop will draw from Western physiological models and traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to manage symptoms and re-balance the central nervous system. This is a unique, purpose written course, underpinned by recent primary care research (MacPherson et al 2013).


Learning objectives:

  • Careful selection of traditional points, criteria and rules for acupuncture within GAD
  • Safety guidelines for acupuncture application during the different stages of depression
  • Theoretical underpinning of physiological process during depression with relevance to the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems
  • Theoretical underpinning of physiological process involved in Acupuncture neurotransmitter, hormonal and endocrine excitation and / or inhibitory mechanisms
  • Integration of Acupuncture within a clinically reasoned treatment plan
  • Recent research (MacPherson et al 2013) to support known protocols

Theoretical content:

  • A medical model of anxiety and depression
    • The Sympathetic nervous system
    • The Parasympathetic nervous system
    • Neurotransmitter dysfunction
    • Biopsycho-social model
    • Compulsive obsessive disorders
    • Phobia
    • Neurosis
    • Situation anxiety
  • A TCM model of anxiety and depression
    • Definition of Shen
    • Classical Model of Anxiety
    • Endogenous Depression

Practical content:

  1. Auricular Acupuncture
  2. Safe effective needling with the anxious patient
  3. Contra-indicated patients
  4. The anxious pregnant patient
  5. The depressed pregnant patient
  6. Cautionary points
  7. Safety guidelines
  8. Consent



  1. Schnyer R, Allen J (2001) Acupuncture in the Treatment of Depression. A Manual for Practice and Research. Elsevier Churchill Livingstone.
  2. Hammer L (2005) Dragon Rises, Red Bird Flies. Psychology and Chinese Medicine. Eastland Press.

Research papers:

  1. MacPherson et al (2013) Acupuncture and Counselling for Depression in Primary Care: A Randomised Controlled Trial. PLOS Medicine, September 2013,10(9):1-13
  2. Pilkington et al (2007) Acupuncture for anxiety and anxiety disorders-a systematic literature review. Acupuncture in Medicine 25(1-2): 1-10.
  3. Da Silva (2007) Acupuncture for mild to moderate emotional complaints in pregnancy -- a prospective, quasi-randomized, controlled study. Acupuncture in Medicine, 25 (3): 65-71.


Delegate fee £95.00 per person.


June 17th Delegate fee


If you would like to book a place onto this course please contact Sara Froggatt or telephone 01604 616557

Payment for your delegate space can either be made via credit or debit card via the PayPal button above or by sending a cheque made payable to St Andrew's Healthcare to Sara Froggatt, St Andrew's Healthcare, Physiotherapy Dept, Billing Road, Northampton, NN1 5DG.