Acupuncture has proven to be an effective treatment to reduce anxiety…
…and its related symptoms, including restlessness, feelings of uneasiness, overwhelming fear, heart palpitations, trembling, shortness of breath, de-realization, fatigue, concentration difficulties, irritability, muscle tension, repeated flashbacks of trauma, insomnia, hypervigilance, avoidance of activities, places, or people, phobias, feeling a general sense of doom, obsessive thoughts, panic attacks, nightmares, and more.
A study reported in the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health showed that patients who received acupuncture experienced a significant reduction in anxiety and depression, even one month after treatment.
“Anxiety is characterized by an overactive sympathoadrenal system that may be relieved by endorphins; acupuncture has been shown to decrease activity of the sympathoadrenal system and increase the level of endorphins…Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for psychological problems.”
Another study was done at the Yale University School of Medicine. The research found that body and auricular acupuncture can have a calming effect on people with chronic anxiety disorders. The effects kicked in within 30 minutes of needle application. They found that it can be a treatment for acute anxiety as well, such as preoperative anxiety.
“In this study we have demonstrated that auricular acupuncture is an effective intervention for the reduction of anxiety in healthy volunteers.”
“Body acupuncture was previously suggested to alter brain neurochemistry by affecting the release of neurotransmitters such as serotonin (11). This is of importance as multiple studies have indicated that serotonin may play a key role in determining emotional state in humans.”
What you should know about acupuncture and anxiety.
If you suffer from anxiety, there is an alternative to medication.
Were you aware that:
- Anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental illness in the United States and affect over 40 million adults.
- Many people with anxiety disorders suffer from other disorders as well, such as depression, bipolar disorder, or eating disorders, making recovery even more difficult.
- Only one-third of individuals with anxiety seek treatment.
- According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 34.3% of individuals receiving treatment for anxiety are receiving minimally adequate treatment.
- Acupuncture has nearly 2,000 years of clinical history.
- Acupuncture is one of the most holistic systems of medicine available today.
- Acupuncture has no inherently dangerous or troublesome side effects.
- Americans make nearly 15 million visits to acupuncture practitioners per year.
How to choose an acupuncturist
Not all acupuncturists are created equal!
Acupuncture is one of the fastest growing modalities in the United States and more and more health and medical practitioners are jumping on the bandwagon.
A qualified acupuncturist has accrued over 3,000 hours of acupuncture and Chinese medicine education, which is between three and four years of schooling.
Unfortunately, more than 50% of acupuncturists in the US have a mere 300 hours of acupuncture training or less.
Only licensed and fully qualified acupuncturists are included on our site. To find a practitioner and get started on the path to optimal health and wellness, search our directory of acupuncturists.