Acupuncture For The Treatment Of Anxiety
Anxiety is one of the most common symptoms experienced by many of my patients. According with National Institute of Mental Health, 40 million adults in the US (roughly 18% of the population) suffer from anxiety, and $42 billion dollars are expended every year to “treat” this condition.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) views anxiety as a consequence of energetic imbalances that affect the flow of vital energy (QI) and Blood. This impaired flow distresses the normal function of the internal organs, giving rise to diverse physical symptoms that further aggravate emotional and mental processes.
Anxiety is often caused by a complex pattern of energetic imbalances often involving several organs. For example, if a patient tends to worry too much, as it is the case in Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and she/he is also overweight or obese, has low energy, and either excessive or low appetite; the Spleen is at the root of the anxiety. If for instance, the patient also experiences migraines, feels bloated after eating, and tends to have excessive burping, there is more likely a Liver and Spleen imbalance. There are several other patterns of symptoms that indicate imbalances in different organ’s systems. Our job as TCM practitioners is to identify what’s causing the anxiety and to formulate a treatment plan to correct it.
Acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, and meditation techniques are all tools that a licensed acupuncturist employees in the treatment of anxiety. All of these therapies are natural, safe, and effective; and target the cause of the anxiety as opposed as trying to patch it.
- Avoid consuming stimulants such as caffeine, tobacco, alcohol, rich foods, and drugs.
- Try not to eat late at night, but if your schedule forces you to eat at night then consume light foods.
- Avoid activities that over stimulate your mind before bedtime.
- Practice deep abdominal breathing throughout the day, but especially at bedtime.
- Drink a warm relaxing herbal tea before bedtime. Chamomile is an excellent choice.
- Exercise at least 3 times a week, but avoid working out in the evening if you notice that it affects your ability to fall sleep. Physical jobs don’t count as exercise. Tai Chi and yoga are excellent forms of exercises to combat anxiety.
Traditional Chinese Medicine identifies and treats the source of the anxiety in natural, safe, and effective way. Always seek for an acupuncturist trained in TCM and not for healthcare professionals practicing cookbook acupuncture.
Our center offers Oriental Medicine for the treatment of anxiety, depression and several other conditions. For more information or to schedule an appointment call us at 630.837.4241.