Acupuncture for Anxiety

Acupuncture for Anxiety

Acupuncture is best known as a treatment for controlling our aches and pains but few of us know that acupuncture can also be used to treat anxiety and depression.

Most of us are familiar with the feeling of being anxious.  It can range from mild anxiety to full blown panic attacks.

Anxiety symptoms include:

  • Shallow breathing
  • Racing heart
  • Broken sleep
  • Restlessness
  • Feeling wired and can’t switch off
  • Easily startled
  • Fearfulness

Frequently, I hear patients tell me they feel ‘overwhelmed‘, ‘panicky‘ and ‘can’t cope‘ with the day-to-day stresses and strains of life.  We are busy juggling so many things that we are in a chronic state of stress and running on adrenaline.

How does Acupuncture reduce Anxiety?

Acupuncture is an incredibly powerful treatment that is scientifically proven to reduce anxiety levels from the first treatment.

How Acupuncture works

Here’s the science bit:

The body secretes an assortment of hormones into the bloodstream as a reaction to stress. Researchers measured hormone levels secreted by the hypothalamus, the pituitary and the adrenal gland (HPA) involved in the “fight or flight” response.

They found that “Acupuncture blocks the chronic, stress-induced elevations of the HPA axis hormones and the sympathetic NPY pathway.

Essentially by inserting painless needles at specific points in the body, acupuncturists can effect actual chemical changes in parts of the brain to reduce anxiety and make long-term changes.

How will I feel afterwards?

Even during your treatment you will start to feel a sense of calm.  You will feel more aware of your body and your breathing will deepen.  The thoughts that were whirring around in your head will become quiet.

I hear these sorts of comments from patients:

After the treatment I felt calmer than I have in months.

The stress in my life hasn’t actually changed, but I have an inner strength and can cope, things aren’t bothering me as much.”

I’m not waking up at 4am anymore worrying about my to do list.”

Try Acupuncture

If you or someone you know is struggling with anxiety and is finding life a bit too overwhelming then consider Acupuncture. If you would like any more information or have any questions regarding acupuncture you can contact me at: sarah@theiv.ca