• Liyan Lu

Probiotics may Improve mood, fight depression

Updated: Jun 23, 2019

Probiotics have become pretty well-known as crucial bacteria and yeasts that benefit your digestive system. Probiotics are the good bacteria that are necessary to maintaining good health. Unlike the bad bacteria that can cause diseases.

Plenty of research shows probiotics help treat irritable bowel syndrome, infectious diarrhea, some skin conditions and oral health. They’re often found in Greek yogurts and can also be ingested in supplement form to maintain healthy gut. Now scientists are beginning to research their overall health benefits.

A new study out of the Leiden Institute of Brain and Cognition at Leiden University in the Netherlands suggests that probiotics may actually aid in improving mood. They might be a good way to fight anxiety or depression, or simply make you feel better after a bad day.

The people who took probiotic supplements began to see improvements in their moods; they reported less reactivity to sad moods than those who took placebos. In other words, the people who took probiotic supplements were better able to overcome sad moods than the others, and thus had fewer depressive thoughts following bouts of sadness.

The probiotic supplements contain three types of probiotics such as Bifidobacterium, Lactobacillus, and Lactococcus, they have been shown to mitigate anxiety and depression.

Above abstract source: Lecia Bushak from

Studies show that probiotics are anti-inflammatory microbes in the gut and have some overall beneficial effects to improve mental issues. Probiotics may be related to decrease stress signaling in the body and increase the transformation of the amino acid tryptophan to serotonin in the brain.

To improve mental health, besides taking probiotics supplements you can have acupuncture treatment as well.

Ping’s Acupuncture Treatment for mental health

To achieve the best results for our patients, before we give a standard acupuncture treatment with needles, we also give Ping’s meridian massage (Dr. Lu’s own unique techniques). Acupuncture focuses on deep, specific acupuncture points to relieve stress, anxiety, depression and rebalance hormones. The meridian massage helps reach a much wider surface area, allowing blood and energy to flow more effectively so as to relax muscles and relieve the tension, tenderness and soreness of the body. When both techniques are used together, the results are more effective. After the treatment, patients feel very relax, calm, happy and energetic.

For more information call Dr. Lu at (661) 513-9265, Ping’s Acupuncture / Bamboo Acupuncture.

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