Acupuncture therapy has been practiced since 1600 BCE and is excellent for helping an individual cope with many conditions, including therapy for enhancement of emotional wellbeing.
Successful treatment for symptoms of anxiety depends on correct diagnosis of the cause, which may be of a mental/emotional or physical origin.
Mental/emotional conditions need be treated through counselling,
Physical conditions may be treated through acupuncture.
When treating an individual for anxiety an acupuncturist conducts an assessment of the excesses and deficiencies of Chi located in various meridians, and then proceeds with an individualised application of acupuncture. The number of treatments necessary depends on the individuals circumstances.
That treatment may be supplemented with herbal remedies, suggestions of lifestyle/dietary changes, and the practice of breathing techniques.
Though symptoms of anxiety (which include: an inability to think clearly, panic attacks, sleeplessness) may be treated by using drugs, the popularity of using natural means of coping with anxiety is growing.
Sources of Anxiety
Short-term anxiety is a healthy part of normal everyday life – that adrenalin rush is needed from time to time. However, chronic anxiety plays havoc with the body’s immune system, digestion and sleep pattern; which in turn plays havoc with bodily endorphin and serotonin levels – both of which are ‘feel good’ hormones.
Dealing with chronic anxiety effectively involves addressing issues that give rise to constant worry (through seeking appropriate counseling for the external situations that are worrisome) and gaining a sense of equilibrium over emotional states experienced.
While acupuncture cannot help when one needs counseling on worrisome issues, it may certainly be used when the emotions need to come into a state of balance. As many health conditions give rise to heightened emotional highs and lows it is necessary for an individual who is experiencing a heightened emotional state to have their state of health checked out, so that the balance and flow of Chi (energy) in the body can then be re-established. The re-establishment of unimpeded flow of Chi will cause the emotional highs and lows to take care of themselves.
Other factors to consider
Additional things to consider when wishing to control anxiety include:
Limiting stimulant intake, such as coffee,
Drink enough water daily,
Eat many small nutritious meals throughout the day,
Include fish in the diet,
Use herbal supplements,
Get enough sleep/rest,
Get cardio exercise regularly (to raise your heart beat),
Regular practice meditation, yoga, Tai Chi, self-hypnosis,
Receive massage, shiatsu, counseling.