Acupuncture for Anxiety
Acupuncture for Anxiety, Stress & Depression
If you’re one of the 8 million adults in the UK who suffer from anxiety disorders, you know how tough it can be to get through the day. Between work, family, and social obligations, it’s hard to find time to relax. But what if there was a way to ease your anxiety without taking medication or seeing a therapist? Acupuncture may be the answer you’re looking for.
It is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that involves the insertion of needles into specific points of the body. It is said to stimulate the flow of energy and has been used for centuries to treat various conditions.
There is growing evidence to suggest that acupuncture can be effective in treating anxiety, stress and depression. Several studies have shown that acupuncture can significantly reduce symptoms of these conditions, with some even reporting long-term benefits.
What Are The Perks of Acupuncture for Anxiety?
If you’re thinking to treat anxiety disorders through acupuncture, the benefits include:
1. Relief From Panic Disorder
Acupuncture can be used to treat panic disorder, a condition that is characterized by recurrent episodes of fear or anxiety. A study published found that acupuncture improved symptoms significantly more than the control group.
2. Reduced Anxiety Symptoms
Several studies have shown that acupuncture can reduce symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder, including one study that found it to be as effective as medication. Acupuncture may work by stimulating the release of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine, which have calming effects.
3. Decreased Stress Levels
Stress can take a toll on your health, both mentally and physically. Acupuncture has been shown to reduce stress levels, leading to improved overall health and the nervous system.
4. Improved Sleep Quality
If you’re struggling with anxiety or stress, it’s likely that your sleep quality has suffered as well. Acupuncture can help improve sleep quality by reducing the elevated cortisol levels in people with anxiety disorders.
5. Enhanced Mood
Acupuncture treatment can also help improve your mood and mental disorders by increasing the levels of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine. These chemicals play an essential role in regulating mood and emotions. Also, it can help with chronic pain management and physical symptoms of the disorder.
What To Expect from your acupuncture?
When you visit an acupuncturist for anxiety, stress or depression, they will first ask you about your symptoms and medical history. Then, they’ll likely perform a physical exam.
After that, the practitioner will insert thin needles into strategic points on your body. The number of needles used depends on the condition being treated. Acupuncture is generally considered safe when performed by a trained professional.
Some research shows that during acupuncture treatment areas of patient’s brain that is in charge of reducing sensitivity to pain and stress are responding and feeling of relaxation is the outcome.
Acupuncture helps with regulating hormones, which are responsible for mood, like endorphins, serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline. Acupuncture can be the only treatment that patient might be going through but can also be used safely alongside medications; in this case acupuncture can also help minimise unwanted side effects. Conventional treatment involves CBT, Cognitive behavioural therapy, or medications like antidepressants.
In a recent study at the University of York researchers found that acupuncture significantly reduced the severity of depression, and that these benefits were largely sustained for up to 12 months after treatment.
I Offer A Natural Approach With Acupuncture To Help Patients With Anxiety
In an era of busy lifestyles and constant pressure from social media to look and live a certain lifestyle, more and more people around us are suffering from some kind of mental illness, suffering from panic attacks and anxiety.
Anxiety UK states that around three million people suffer from anxiety and two-thirds of those people do not seek treatment for their condition.
You will ask what are the symptoms? It could be mixture of physical or emotional responses. People can suffer from anything like: heart palpitations, shortness of breath, feeling like they will die, diarrhoea, sweating, dizziness, also issues with sleep, irritability, excessive fear, even fear of leaving the house or travelling on public transport.
As a licensed acupuncturist, I have years of experience in treating patients with anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. I offer a natural approach that can help to alleviate the symptoms. Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment used for centuries to treat these conditions.
If you are struggling with social anxiety disorder, I encourage you to seek out acupuncture to live a more productive and fulfilling life. Schedule an appointment with me today, and let me help you find relief from your anxiety or depression.
If you are struggling with anxiety disorder, I encourage you to seek out acupuncture to live a more productive and fulfilling life.