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How Acupuncture Can Help with Anxiety
By: Mercedes Aspland

People who suffer from anxiety conditions can often find it very difficult to deal with and there is little that conventional medicine can do to help. Often the answer is to turn to alternative therapies for help. This article will consider the ways in which acupuncture can help with anxiety conditions.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is something that everyone experiences at some time during their lives, for example before an exam or public speaking. However for some it is a far more serious condition. Those people who suffer from common anxiety can often feel on edge all of the time which can have a significant impact on their lives. For example they may struggle to do a number of everyday activities and this can cause them to suffer panic attacks. In addition it can affect a person’s sleep and their overall health and so it is important to do whatever you can in order to reduce the levels of anxiety felt on a day to day basis.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine that works on the principle of energy. The belief behind the treatment is that energy of Chi flows around the body and along certain meridians through the body. When a person is unwell either physically or emotionally it is thought that there is either an imbalance or a blockage in the flow of this energy. Acupuncture uses the insertion of needles in certain points in the body called acu-points. It is thought that the insertion of needles in specific points can help to balance the energy in the body and in turn bring the person back to health. Before treatment begins a therapist will get a full history of your life and of your illness to determine the correct points to trigger in your specific case. A good acupuncturist will develop a treatment plan that is individual for each patient.

Acupuncture and Anxiety

A number of studies have shown that acupuncture is a very effective treatment for anxiety, particularly for those that prescription medications have not worked. In fact it is so effective that a large number of doctors in the United States are incorporating acupuncture into their treatment of anxiety with great effect. It is believed that acupuncture will stimulate the energy in the body to bring about a greater peace of mind and help reduce anxiety levels. There is also a belief that acupuncture can help treat the causes of acupuncture particularly if it is caused by a lack of serotonin. It is believed that the process of acupuncture can help increase the serotonin levels in the body and as a result reduce the amount of anxiety felt.

Other Options

Some people may find that they do not want to undergo acupuncture for a number of different reasons. For example if you have a fear of needles then going to an acupuncture session could actually increase your anxiety levels which would be counterproductive. If this is the case then you may want to consider acupressure which uses touch rather than needles. In addition cupping may be a valuable alternative which uses the same process as acupuncture without the needles.

In addition there are also a number of other treatments you could consider such as Tai chi, yoga, massage, progressive relaxation, meditation and many others. If you are suffering from anxiety then the best treatments are those that you have initiated as it shows a desire to improve. If you are considering alternative therapies then we would recommend you do full research and discuss your options with therapists before you begin. This will allow you to find the best treatment for you and ensure you have the best possible change of recovery.

This article has been supplied by alternative therapies directory. You can also find more information on our anxiety page.

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