A common question that is asked is “Does acupuncture work for anxiety?” The simple answer is yes, acupuncture is good for almost every health condition. Acupuncture for anxiety is a common and effective treatment that helps to calm nerves and promote a sense of peace, balance, and restoration. A symbol that is often associated with acupuncture is the yin and yang figure and this can often be represented as Qi (pronounced “Chi”). According to Traditional Chinese medicine, anxiety is not caused by an imbalance of chemical neurotransmitters but caused by the disturbance of Qi. This disturbance is caused by a dysfunction of Qi, and/or a dysfunction in yin and yang within the internal body organs. This is key to the underlying theory of Chinese medicine as it explains the pathological, physiological and aids clinical diagnosis and treatment of disease.
Acupuncture for anxiety focuses on calming the organs by reinforcing and reducing Qi at the meridian point associated with the internal organ. For example, if working on the heart meridian, acupuncture can help anxiety by quieting the spirit and clearing heat. If the problems are within the liver meridian, then treatment would focus on relieving stagnation and draining the liver fire.
You maybe wondering, can acupuncture help anxiety? Anxiety itself can manifest other symptoms such as sadness, worry, fear, palpitations, insomnia and irritability. Understanding the kind of anxiety can be useful by allowing the practitioner to choose different acupuncture points from other meridians to make a more appropriate and balanced protocol. An average number of points used in acupuncture for anxiety can be anywhere from 10 to 20 points and usually performed on both sides of the body. A good treatment duration would be anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes and would achieve optimal benefits if frequency of treatment was anywhere between 4 to 6 times per month.
In addition to understanding the symptoms, other useful tools for diagnosis include tongue and pulse diagnosis. An acupuncturist can identify conditions just by looking at your tongue and feeling your pulse. In the case of heart deficiency, a typical tongue would look red at the tip, red body and teeth marks on the outer edges. The person’s pulse may feel weak and wiry. Depending on the organ system causing anxiety, tongue and pulse diagnosis would differ.
Acupuncture for anxiety is a great adjunct to any medical therapy. Not only does it help balance the inner Qi, it also promotes a sense of well-being and relaxation.
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