The Ultimate Guide To Acupuncture For Anxiety

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Acupuncture for anxiety treatment:

Acupuncture for anxiety problem has become really popular among people.Recently mental health issues like depression, anxiety, panic attacks etc have become almost pretty familiar with the people around the world.

As these diseases start spreading more, more people are trying to find their peace of mind in medical science. Many people try to find their answers in allopathic medicine, while some people try out more traditional treatment like acupuncture.

Natural alternative treatments are really getting popularity these days. Not only they are less costly or natural but also they don’t support “cutting” organs.

There are many types of alternative treatments. Acupuncture is one of them. It’s the most popular alternative treatment nowadays.

It can heal almost every health problem. That’s why people often tend to go for this treatment for their health conditions.

What anxiety is and its symptoms:

Before knowing how to get better we must know what actually anxiety is first. Anxiety is a state of mind where you feel nervous, an unknown fear, and worry. When you regularly feel these emotions in any situation it becomes a disorder. Symptoms may include,

  1. Restlessness
  2. Nervousness
  3. Troubles in sleeping
  4. Troubles in eating

When they don’t get treated this disorder might become more serious giving you panic attacks. Where you feel palpitation, fast heart beat rate and almost feel like dying.

What acupuncture does for anxiety:

So how does acupuncture help to recover from these anxieties??  Well before going to that we should get to know how acupuncture generally works in human body.

There is an ancient belief which says that human body only works well in both physical and mental way if the energy flow of our body stays in correct order. Every organ of our body has an energy channel. When the energy flow gets blocked or hampered somehow our body starts reacting in abnormal way. Thus we face difficulties.

Acupuncture is basically used to trigger the pressure points where the energy flow is blocked. It unblocks the pathway. To let the energy flow, get back to its previous state and human body healthy again. Same thing goes for anxiety as well.

Acupuncture includes inserting thin needles to the pressure points and unblock the energy flow. It goes the same with anxiety too. When you tell your acupuncturist about the symptoms you are having he/she at once gets the problem which is called “yin deficiency” in Chinese. He/she places the needles to exact places which will trigger your nervous system. Then your nervous system will allow your brain to relax.

Acupuncture generally does these for anxiety:

  1. It takes your body to fight to flight mode. For those who don’t know this term, it’s a state of mind where your brain and nervous system stays alert in dangerous situations. But nowadays our life has been so hectic lately that our brain has to always stay alert always 24/7. Which makes us nervous and feel anxious always. Acupuncture triggers our nervous system to get into a relaxed poised mode. Which is called as fight to flight mode.
  2. Acupuncture also recovers you eating and sleeping habits. You will feel hungrier and relaxed. Your insomnia will slowly start to recover. You will feel peace around you.

Things you have to keep in mind:

Acupuncture is a slow long term process. Don’t expect to heal right after one session. It has a slow but effective result, so don’t lose hope and keep continuing your therapy. You will most likely need one or two sessions each week for 10-12 weeks.

Acupuncturist takes 10-20 minutes to insert the needles into the pressure points. One session is of 30min duration after inserting the needles. You may not feel anything right after the moment the session is done, but you will slowly start to notice the effects in time. So be patient if you are taking this therapy.

If you are thinking about doing this therapy you might need to check the costs as well. One session of it costs $120-130. Also some insurance companies don’t even cover its expenses as it is not an actual medical therapy. So do keep those things mind.

Before taking acupuncture therapy for anxiety, consult with your regular doctor first. He/she will suggest you a licensed acupuncturist. A trained licensed acupuncturist is a must for this therapy. Also before starting the sessions discuss your health conditions with the acupuncturist. It is better to clear out all the doubts before starting the sessions.

What science say about this:

Science has yet to figure out how acupuncture really works or does it even work. Some doctors still don’t support it. However, acupuncture still getting a lot of positive response though. In 1997 acupuncture needles were approved as medical tools.

Following this event acupuncture was declared as a medical treatment in 1999. In 2015 some tests were done to see if this therapy actually works or not and results were positive.

It doesn’t have risks:

Acupuncture comes with least amount of risks. You will barely feel anything too major while doing the sessions. You can feel a stingy feeling while inserting needles. Other than that you won’t feel anything. Little bit of bleeding or bruises on pressure points is common and normal. The bruises even disappear after few hours. you should not do this treatment if-

  1. You have pacemaker in your body
  2. You have blood deficiency

Few last words:

In conclusion, with some negative and a lot of positive reviews, acupuncture for anxiety is really gaining more popularity in time.

It is one of the best natural alternative treatments alongside yoga or herbal treatments. So surely give acupuncture a try for anxiety or any other health conditions.

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