Interested in Trying Acupuncture for Anxiety? Here’s How it Helps
If you experience feelings of anxiety it can really take a toll on your day-to-day life. Whether this starts the moment you wake up, once you get to work, or throughout your personal life, it can be very debilitating and hard to cope with. In some severe cases it can stop you from living a healthy and happy life as well.
If your mind is constantly buzzing with worrying thoughts or you have feelings of tension and an elevated heart rate, it may be time to start looking at areas of potential stress that could be contributing to these symptoms. Meditation, exercise and aromatherapy are known to help decrease feelings of anxiety and stress, but acupuncture is also a highly effective solution that you might want to investigate; a natural treatment with so many benefits.
So how can acupuncture aid in reducing anxiety exactly? Studies show that it can get your body’s hormones working properly again which also reduces your overall level of anxiety. By working to calm the physical response to your nerves, acupuncture will inspire your mind to pause and recollect itself again.
Acupuncture Can Aid in Reducing Anxiety by:
Regulating the Body’s Chemical Balance
Anxiety causes higher stress levels in the body and this can in turn contribute to the state of your physical health. Acupuncture works to reverse this by restoring the chemical balance in the brain and body. Such treatment also impacts the brain by limiting its sensitivity to stress and pain. If you experience stress at work on a regular basis, this would mean that while the difficulties you’re facing may not change, your reactions will; meaning you won’t be as easily affected by the situation.
Meditation is for clearing the mind of all thoughts. If you have ever experienced Generalized Anxiety Disorder, you are quite aware how overwhelming these thoughts can be for your brain to process. Did you know however, that by meditating or receiving acupuncture, you can in fact eliminate these thoughts from the brain and even turn off your “analytical” brain; the part that is constantly overthinking?
Releasing Positive Chemicals
Acupuncture triggers the central nervous system to release those “feel-good” chemicals or endorphins. We all feel better and more relaxed when these endorphins are released as stress in the body is minimized substantially.
Positively Shifting the Brain
In circumstances deemed stressful, the neurotransmitters and hormones in the body require regulation. Acupuncture can restore these levels to combat negative emotions and assist the brain to reach a calm and relaxed state. In fact, acupuncture can do more than just reduce anxiety; it also helps to enhance brain functions such as attention span, and helps with achieving quality sleep, both of which have a positive impact on your mental and physical health.
Triggering the Parasympathetic Nervous System
When you feel worried or stressed, this will stimulate the sympathetic nervous system. Acupuncture on the other hand, triggers the opposite (the parasympathetic nervous system). This is carried out by stimulating the body to create endogenous opioids that will affect the autonomic nervous system. The result is the start of the body’s relaxation response.
Reversing Behavior Changes Derived from Stress
When you are anxious or stressed, you will notice that your responses and behaviors change as well; this is because such symptoms will alter your brain’s normal function. Acupuncture can reverse these behavioral changes.
Acupuncture can achieve the same results as anti-anxiety medication, and without potential side effects that can come with skipping or stopping these medications. It is an effective and natural method that should be considered if or when you are experiencing anxiety. Remember that anxiety affects both the mind and body; we will help to restore and balance your hormones so your whole system is relaxed and free from stress.
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August 15, 2019