Acupuncture for Anxiety

acupuncture for anxiety

Acupuncture for Anxiety. Explore your treatment options.

 

What is the most common mental illness in the US? If you answered anxiety, you got it.  18% of the country’s adult population suffers from an anxiety disorder.

 

Conventional Anxiety Treatment

The major treatment for anxiety and depression in the US today is SSRIs or SNRIs, which are two classes of drugs that affect how much of two neurotransmitters, serotonin and norepinephrine, are absorbed vs available. These neurotransmitters affect mood. So the theory is to block how much of them get absorbed so more is available and more mood regulation will result

What’s the catch to using these drugs? Well, these drugs can have side effects. And they are often prescribed long-term to indefinitely.

 

How Is anxiety viewed in Chinese Medicine?

 

We classify anxiety in terms of Chinese Medicine as a type of hyperactivity affecting the Heart.  I capitalize this word to indicate that it is a representation of functions in the Chinese Medical theory that is different from the actual organ in your chest.  The Heart in CM overlaps much with our idea of the mind.  It governs sleep and mood and our outlook.  Anxiety therefore is an imbalance that affects the Heart, yet we seek to find the underlying cause for why this imbalance exists by taking into account your tongue analysis, pulse analysis, abdominal palpatory analysis, and other signs and symptoms.

 

Natural Drug-Free Treatment

What if you could reduce or end your anxiety without drugs? Did you know that Chinese Medicine heals the body and the mind? To an acupuncturist, the two are not separate but just like you are one whole person, our system of medicine takes all symptoms and signs into account in order to arrive at an effective treatment plan.

Anxiety is actually a sign of imbalance in the body, so when seeking natural treatment an acupuncturist applies holistic techniques to ease your mind and body out of disorder.

In addition to addressing your unique imbalances with acupuncture, we also sometimes incorporate natural herbal and nutritional remedies to support the body’s own ability to heal.  Herbal remedies include things like roots, leaves, seeds that are cooked or processed to make their essences available to the body for absorption, and nutritional supplements include things like vitamins or minerals or amino acids that we may be deficient in or that in certain doses exert a therapeutic effect.

 

If you are interested in reading more about accupuncture here my two favorite resources: Medical News Today and Acupuncture Today.

I’ve personally had great success in treating anxiety in my clinic, and I enjoy seeing people get back to how they felt before anxiety took over. Here are my Services I provide in my clinic. Contact me today to schedule your visit.

 

 

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