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Anxiety is a psychological and physiological response characterized by feelings of worry, nervousness, or unease about a perceived or anticipated threat, situation, or event. 

We all experience anxiety in some form, at one point or another. Whether it be worry about your children as they decide to spend the summer away from home, an unsettling conversation with your boss, or even what kind of food to eat.

The possibilities are endless! Although it’s a normal human emotion, when it begins to interfere with daily life, it may be time to seek treatment. 

Anxiety can manifest as physical symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, sweating, trembling, or gastrointestinal disturbances.

Other cognitive symptoms like racing thoughts, difficulty concentrating, or catastrophizing may also arise. It can be triggered by various factors including stress, uncertainty, trauma, or even a genetic predisposition.

Western interventions for anxiety are often hit or miss in that they have capacity to help alleviate acute symptoms but can sometimes lead to MORE anxiety in the long run. In fact, some studies show that benzodiazepines, a common anti-anxiety medication, actually can cause more anxiety for patients in the long run.

Now, this isn’t always true and the purpose of this blog isn’t to bash Western medicine…But we do want to shed light on a few of the many interventions that are far less risky!

Acupuncture, rooted in traditional Chinese medicine, involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate energy flow and promote balance. While it may sound intimidating at first, many find it to be a gentle and soothing experience, with minimal discomfort.

How Can Acupuncture Help Ease Anxiety?

1. Stress Reduction

One of the primary benefits of acupuncture is its ability to reduce stress and promote relaxation. By targeting key points associated with stress relief, acupuncture helps calm the nervous system and quiet the mind, allowing for a sense of serenity to wash over you. Plus, who doesn’t love laying on a warm table in a quiet room with spa music soothing you into a midday nap?

2. Balancing Energy

According to traditional Chinese medicine, anxiety is often the result of an imbalance in the body’s Yin and Yang energy. Acupuncture works to restore this balance by clearing blockages and harmonizing the flow of energy, helping to alleviate symptoms of anxiety.

3. Regulating Hormones

Hormonal imbalances can contribute to feelings of anxiety and mood swings. Acupuncture can help regulate hormone levels, promoting a more stable and balanced emotional state.

4. Boosting Mood

Acupuncture has been shown to stimulate the release of endorphins and other feel-good neurotransmitters in the brain. This natural mood boost can help lift spirits and reduce feelings of anxiety and depression.

5. Improving Sleep

Anxiety and sleep issues often go hand in hand, with one feeding into the other. Acupuncture can help regulate sleep patterns and promote deeper, more restful sleep, leaving you feeling more refreshed and resilient in the face of daily stressors.

6. Enhancing Mind-Body Connection

Acupuncture is not just about treating physical symptoms—it’s about nurturing the mind-body connection. By bringing awareness to the body’s sensations and promoting relaxation, acupuncture can help you feel more grounded and centered, even in the midst of chaos.

7. Complementary Therapy

While acupuncture can be effective on its own, it can also complement other anxiety management strategies such as therapy, meditation, and lifestyle changes. Together, these approaches create a holistic framework for managing anxiety and promoting overall well-being

What’s Next?

If you or a loved one is suffering from anxiety or any mental health related issues and are interested in alternative therapies, we’re here to help! As everyone’s presentation of mental health issues is different, it’s important to seek the advice of a certified acupuncturist to see if this type of therapy is the right fit. 

At Family Tree Acupuncture and Wellness, we’re dedicated to helping you through life’s challenges and are here to answer any and all of your questions.

Acupuncture and herbal medicine work best when used weekly, for the cumulative effect, for anxiety and most other things, too.

At Family Tree Acupuncture & Wellness, we offer acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage therapy, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, and visceral manipulation to help you manage and heal your whole being, from emotional issues to chronic pain.

For personalized support with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, or for your free 15-minute initial telemedicine consult, book an appointment with Sara or Dr. Jennie. Book a massage anytime here.

Sara Crispino, L.Ac.
Acupuncturist Centennial
Family Tree Acupuncture & Wellness