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5 Ways to Fight Winter Depression with Chinese Medicine

5 Ways to Fight Winter Depression with Chinese Medicine

With so much to celebrate in the New Year, why do Missoulians find themselves struggling against seasonal depression each January? Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as seasonal depression, is a common problem with many people enduring the hazy winters of Missoula. But! You CAN do something about it using complementary medicine to boost your natural ability to stay chipper even in the dreariest of winter days.

Seasonal Affective Disorder is most commonly associated with winter but can happen at any time of the year. A large part of the problem is the change in daylight hours and how we spend our time in them.

Sunlight affects our natural circadian rhythms as well as our melatonin production which control our sleep patterns. The oh-so-vital sleep system determines how long, how often, and how well we sleep.

Likewise, this change in sunlight affects our body’s ability to produce serotonin – the happy chemical.

What you get is a terrible combination of poor sleep and lack of stimulating serotonin to keep us motivated and happy.

These two factors play off of each other. The less you get out and experience the world around you and soak up that vital sunlight, the more depressed you become. It’s a real lose-lose.

How do I prevent Winter Depression?

Good news! You can do something about winter depression. Here are out top 5 ways to fight the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder and start enjoying winter again.

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With so much to celebrate in the New Year, why do Missoulians find themselves struggling against seasonal depression each January? Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as seasonal depression, is a common problem with many people enduring the hazy winters of Missoula. But! You CAN do something about it using complementary medicine to boost your natural ability to stay chipper even in the dreariest of winter days.

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Dry Needling vs. Acupuncture

Dry Needling vs. Acupuncture

We often get questions at our clinic about whether we offer dry needling and/or if dry needling is the same as acupuncture.

Dry Needling, also known as intramuscular stimulation (IMS) seems very similar to acupuncture on the surface; however, there are key differences between this technique and the ancient practice of acupuncture.

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What is Community Acupuncture?

What is Community Acupuncture?

At Good Medicine, we offer community-based acupuncture. We often get questions about what this means and how it makes us different from other acupuncture clinics. Here are some of the key differences between private acupuncture and community acupuncture services.

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Case Study – Acupuncture & Massage for Motorcycle Accident

Case Study – Acupuncture & Massage for Motorcycle Accident

Car accidents are some of the most traumatic experiences we can encounter both physically and mentally. Motorcycle accidents, in particular, leave most of the body exposed to the impact. Without the safety of a seat belt or the protective cover of the vehicle itself, you’re left to the mercy of the pavement. Can acupuncture and massage help you after a motorcycle or car accident? The short answer: absolutely.

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Chinese Acupuncture for Allergies

Chinese Acupuncture for Allergies

The beauty and warmth of Spring time can so often be overshadowed by sniffling, sneezing, runny nose, and red eyes. Rather than meandering around in a delirious haze from too much anti-histamine medication, consider trying Chinese acupuncture as a treatment for your allergies.

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Case Study – Acupuncture for Sciatic Pain

Case Study – Acupuncture for Sciatic Pain




A male patient came in to the clinic complaining of severe lower back pain. He was in his early 60’s and worked a desk job for many years. Recently, the pain had become so significant that he was struggling to work.

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