When people think about acupuncture, many are not thinking about acupuncture for anxiety! It is becoming common for people to try acupuncture when they have physical pain, but are you aware that acupuncture is helpful for psychological and emotional pain as well. Here are some reasons you should consider acupuncture for natural anxiety treatment.
The body is a complex system, but the beauty of acupuncture is in using simplicity to treat the complex. We often see patients come in with both physical and emotional pain. People who suffer from chronic pain often develop anxiety and depression from their pain, and likewise, people with psychological pain often somaticize their emotions into physical ailments. Therefore, psychological pain is something we often see in our clinic.
According to Chinese Medicine theory, Anxiety and Depression are expressions of improper Qi circulation in the body. The imbalance can manifest in different meridians that manifest as slightly different symptoms. An acupuncturist will assess the specific pattern and treat accordingly.
The most notable mechanism for acupuncture to treat anxiety (and depression) is through its ability to calm the nervous system. Studies show that applying acupuncture needles to the body influences the brain’s mood affecting areas to induce a relaxed state.
Finally, when you visit an acupuncturist for anxiety not only will you receive all the natural benefits of the acupuncture treatment but also much needed downtime. This respite from the daily grind allows time to hold a space for yourself. You will also have a knowledgeable, skilled, and compassionate practitioner to talk to that will take your special needs and patterns into account.
Acupuncture for anxiety can be a safe and natural treatment option to try before turning to strong pharmaceuticals that may have serious side effects. Alternatively, acupuncture can be utilized in conjunction with medications to optimize current treatment programs. Acupuncture is not a substitute for counseling or therapy from a qualified mental health professional! We encourage people to seek out all possible options because a combination of treatment modalities will yield the best results.
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