Acupuncture for Anxiety

October 2020

Occasionally feeling anxious, particularly about events or situations that are challenging or threatening is a normal and extremely common response. However there are times when the feelings of anxiety can become constant and overwhelming and this can start to impact on your daily life

During COVID-19 pandemic our lives have changed in so many ways that we could not possibly have imagined. The enforced but necessary changes that now restrict our day to day lives may have resulted in feelings of increased levels of anxiety in many people. Whatever the cause is for anxiety acupuncture may help more than you think.

Symptoms of anxiety include changes in thoughts and behavior such as:

          . Restlessness
          . A feeling of dread
          . A feeling of being “on-edge”
          . Difficulty concentrating
          . Difficulty Sleeping



It can include physical symptoms such as:


          . Dizziness
          . Nausea
          . Heart palpitations
          . Sweating
          . Shortness of breath
          . Headache
          . Dry mouth

People suffering from this symptoms often use avoidance tactics in order to cope. Such as, avoiding the things or situations that trigger these feelings. 

 
How can Acupuncture Help?

Acupuncture works in a number of ways to relieve the effects of anxiety. Acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system causing a release of neurochemical messenger molecules with the resulting biochemical changes influencing the body’s homeostatic mechanisms promoting physical and emotional wellbeing.
 
Research has shown that acupuncture may specifically benefit symptoms of anxiety by acting on areas of the brain known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, stimulating the production of endogenous opioids that affect the autonomic nervous system.

Acupuncture can be safely combined with other treatments possibly enhancing the effects or reducing the side effects.