Acupuncture to Relieve Anxiety

Mindfulness, an ancient spiritual practice rooted in early Buddhism over 3,000 years ago, is one answer to the anxiety sufferer. The simple act of being conscious and aware triggers or causes anxiousness, allowing you to seek change in your daily routine. Being aware of the events in your life that you can control is the first step in reducing stress.

Anxiety can be a normal response to stress. It alerts us to danger and helps us to prepare and pay attention.  When normal feelings of nervousness or anxiousness become excessive, Chinese Medicine may offer some relief. Common approaches to the treatment of anxiety using Chinese Medicine include acupuncture, Tui Na, herbal and whole food supplements, Qi Qong, and Tai Chi.

  1. Acupuncture — Acupuncture is the practice of using sterilized needles to stimulate Qi, or energy, in the body. Specific points on the head, ears, extremities or torso can be stimulated to rebalance the flow of your body’s Qi. Typically, heat or energy rising to the head will cause mental restlessness or agitation in the Shen or Spirit. This may cause a sense of internal urgency. When treating anxiety, we look for acupuncture points that will calm the Shen and restore the body’s balance. The points chosen are dependent upon the treatment pattern determined by your licensed acupuncturist and may vary from patient to patient…
  2. Tui Na — Tui Na, pronounced (Twee-Na), is Chinese massage therapy with many health benefits. It promotes and invigorates the flow of Qi and blood and relaxes the muscles, tendons and ligaments. Tui Na soothes Qi and calms the Shen. Tui Na can also address poor postural patterns that may unconsciously arise from stress and are held in your body’s connective tissue.
  3. Herbal and whole food supplementation — Overeating or eating too little may cause an imbalance as well as can overindulging in particular foods. In Chinese Medicine, a modified diet, herb supplementation, or whole food supplements may be necessary to assist the benefits of acupuncture in restoring balance within the body. When treating anxiety, the qualities of herbs and whole foods are used to calm and focus the mind. This approach is seen as personalized instead of a universal approach.
  4. Qi Gong — Qi Gong is a form of exercise and meditation that enhances the flow of energy in the body. Unbalanced emotions can create energy blockages. Stress can also create energy blockages, thereby creating the symptoms of anxiety and fear. The movement and breathing exercises of Qi Gong promote the smooth flow of Qi and soothe the nervous system, promoting contentment and serenity. Qi Gong is ideally practiced outdoors in nature to enhance its calming and healing effect.
  5. Tai Chi — Tai Chi was originally developed in ancient China as a martial art. It is a meditative form of slow, captivating movements. Through its meditative movements, it quiets and focuses the mind. It also represents a way of life, meeting today’s challenges with energy while instilling calmness and relaxation. One of the many health benefits of Tai Chi is the reduction of stress levels. Through practice, you become aware of tension in your body and learn how to relax it.  

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