Acupuncture is an effective treatment for anxiety as it increases dopamine levels without the use of drugs. Mental illness, stress, anxiety, somatoform disorders are common now. 1 in 5 people will suffer from anxiety at least once in their life. With so many things to worry about anxiety, depression, tensionare more prevalent than ever. People are stressed about every aspect of life whether it is emotional, social or economic. Acupuncture is already used as an effective treatment for pain management but it may also be used as an effective treatment for anxiety and depression.
Anxiety usually presents itself in the form of group of symptoms and you can use these symptoms as an indicator of anxiety. Anxiety is not just worrying about something, it is a set of behavioral, emotional and cognitive dysfunction. Anxiety includes having Panic attacks, or having a long history of panic disorder. Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Social Phobia, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) are all categorized under anxiety.
How acupuncture for Anxiety works:
Acupuncture for anxiety works on the principle of inserting small needles into the various channels of the body to help the release of energy known as Qi. It helps in the release of dopamine and cortisol that helps the person relax and feel good. Since anxiety is caused by increase in stress hormone, acupuncture counterbalances the stress hormone by releasing dopamine thus, decreasing anxiety.
Acupuncture for anxiety is done by making the patient comfortable and relaxed, then needles are inserted into various acupuncture points to release the blocked flow of energy to restore balance in the body. In the Chinese tradition it is widely believed that anxiety, depression and other such disorders take roots into a person when there is an imbalance between body and the world around us.
Acupuncture for anxiety aims to restore the balance between a person’s mind and the environment he lives in. When there is an imbalance, and person feels unable to cope with the situation at hand, he feels anxious and depressed.
A person suffering from anxiety and panic disorder is usually referred to psychologist or a medical doctor who treat anxiety with psychotherapy or meds that try to help body into releasing dopamine. Acupuncture for anxiety does the same thing by restoring energy flow into the body. It relaxes the patient and the connection between body and mind is refreshed. Acupuncture soothes the body and wills it to harmonize with mind and the environment.
If you suffer from chronic depression or extreme anxiety, Acupuncture for anxiety may prove to be effective and is a very holistic approach to the problem faced by many. Initially, treatment is done regularly for 6-10 weeks and after that treatment is done on weekly basis.
Acupuncture helps even if you are already undergoing any other treatment for anxiety.