Acupuncture for Anxiety

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Many of us have felt anxious at one point in our lives and for some, anxiety may be a recurring condition. Anxiety, which refers to excessive worrying that can lead to difficulties in daily life, can be hard to control alone. Especially now with the ongoing pandemic, mental health issues and anxiety in particular, may be a common problem that many of us are struggling to overcome. Acupuncture is an effective method of treatment for those suffering from anxiety. Acupuncture’s low-risk treatment option can help relieve symptoms of anxiety in a relatively short time frame and with no side effects.

Symptoms of anxiety include restlessness, nervousness, fatigue, rapid breathing, trembling, insomnia, excessive worrying, and more. As you can see, anxiety can cause significant discomfort in one’s life.


Method of treatment


When a person is anxious, the qi becomes scattered or knotted due to the individual’s habit of worrying or overthinking. Acupuncture helps restore the natural flow and calm the mind through specific acupoints. Acupuncture treats anxiety mainly through its effect on the nervous system which has two components. The first is the sympathetic nervous system and the second is the parasympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system, also known as the “fight or flight system,” directs the body to react to dangerous or stressful situations. The parasympathetic nervous system, also known as the “rest and digest system,” controls the bodily functions when at rest.


How acupuncture can help

Acupuncture can provide instant relief depending on the patient, but it also helps your body to support itself for the long-term. Generally, after receiving acupuncture treatments, patients feel a sense of calmness and increased stillness of the mind. Symptoms of any form of panicking and worrying are reduced and no intrusive thoughts interfere with the patient’s mind. Some say acupuncture helps them feel more grounded and aware of their mental and physical wellness. Overall, regular acupuncture treatments support individuals to better adapt themselves to stressful conditions.

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