Anxiety and Acupuncture: Benefits, Process, and How to Begin

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Our bodies are incredible. Our brains process information at a minimum speed of 260 MPH and can hold as much as 2,500,000 gigabytes of data. But sometimes, our bodies don’t work quite the way they optimally would.

One such example is anxiety, which is a magnification or misapplication of the brain’s natural way of helping us discern danger. When anxiety takes hold, it can make daily tasks difficult, if not impossible. Acupuncture provides relief by reducing symptoms of anxiety and rebalancing the nervous system.

How Do You Know If You Have Anxiety?

Worry is a natural part of life. Inevitably, we all become anxious or stressed at different points, and for different reasons. Maybe you missed the bus, and you’re worried about how your boss will react. Perhaps you’ve received news that you have a new health concern to keep an eye on. It’s normal to worry a bit about these things. However, anxiety as a disorder has a huge effect on your body and how you’re able to think and cope.

There are several different types of anxiety disorders. Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, and separation anxiety are only a few. Regardless of which one may be affecting you, there are a few common signs that can show it’s serious enough to consider treatment:

  • Difficulty controlling your fears or worries
  • A sense of panic or approaching danger
  • Rapid breathing
  • Feelings of nervousness or restlessness
  • Increased heart rate
  • Difficulty thinking about anything other than your current worry
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Shaky hands
  • Dry mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Panic or anxiety attacks

When these symptoms combine, they make it a challenge to go through the tasks required by daily life. Medical and therapeutic treatments are available for anxiety, but acupuncture is quickly becoming a popular choice for holistic treatment.

How Can Acupuncture Help Anxiety?

Acupuncture doesn’t include any medications, which makes it a good low-risk option. It’s well-documented that acupuncture can make a notable difference in the life of someone who suffers from anxiety. Acupuncture can help reduce the severity of anxiety and panic attacks. Over time, it can help contribute to a prolonged sense of calmness and relaxation.

Acupuncture is performed by inserting extremely thin, sterilized needles into specific pressure points on the body. This helps regulate the sympathetic nervous system and clamp down on the “fight or flight” signals that the brain sends out with a rise in anxiety. Regulating the body in this way helps ease it back into a sense of relaxation and a balanced nervous system.

How to Begin Acupuncture Treatment for Anxiety

If you’re suffering from anxiety, acupuncture is an effective, safe, and painless way to provide yourself with relief. The process is suitable for all ages, and your first visit will typically last between a half-hour and 90 minutes.

Your acupuncturist will ask questions to figure out what your current state of health is and what you’re suffering from. They will then present you with a detailed treatment plan. This plan will explain your timeline of care, the kind of treatment you’ll be receiving, and what the treatment will affect in your body.

Each day with anxiety can be a challenge. Acupuncture can help.

For more information on how acupuncture benefits anxiety, or for questions about the process, give us a call at (201) 843-3633. You can also contact us by email.

February 21, 2020