Acupuncture for Anxiety
Anxiety and stress are some of the most common conditions that we treat at our Longmont Acupuncture clinic. Most of us deal with some level of stress due to our modern lifestyle. Anxiety can cause a variety of symptoms such as muscle tension, feeling restless, rapid heartbeat, fast or shallow breathing, stomach upset, difficulty concentrating, headaches, insomnia, sweating, fatigue, and irritability.
I commonly tell people one of the very first benefits of an acupuncture treatment is to reduce stress and settle the nervous system. It helps the body go into the parasympathetic nervous system, commonly called the “rest and digest” system. That's when your body goes into a state of relaxation and does the important work of cleansing and healing. Many of us live in the state of the sympathetic nervous system, or in fight or flight. Chronically in a low grade fight or flight state inhibits the body’s ability to recover an heal and eventually breaks down the body’s normal functioning. A classic example of this is constantly in a state of worry and anxiety, especially about things we have no control over.
Some common medications for anxiety include Prozac, Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, and many more. They are sedating but may cause drowsiness, insomnia, constipation or nausea. It also common for people suffering from anxiety to self medicate in various ways; from comfort eating, excessive exercise to alcohol and recreational drugs.
Acupuncture settles down the nervous system and allows the body to come back into a balanced state of rest and digest. It is commonly reported after an acupuncture treatment that people feel very relaxed and in the “acupuncture zone.” The course of treatment considers many factors such as severity, frequency and duration.
In acupuncture and Chinese medicine, no two people are the same. Factors such as environment, lifestyle, hereditary, diet, outlook, all affect the person.
In acupuncture, anxiety is not just a function of the brain but of the whole physiology. For instance worry, dwelling, focusing too much on one thing, excessive mental work are all associated with the Spleen. Heart type anxiety might be a lack of enthusiasm and vitality, mental restlessness, depression, insomnia and despair. Symptoms such as anger, resentment, frustration, irritability, bitterness and losing one's temper are associated with Liver. And symptoms such as grief, sadness and detachment are associated with Lung. If one is fearful, insecure, aloof, isolated and seems to lack willpower, this is more associated with the Kidneys.
Adjunct therapies may include changes of diet. For example too much sugar can cause fluctuation in blood sugar and insulin levels which can affect one's mood and mental state. Another example is caffeine which can be very heating and cause a rise in anger and anxiety. Caffeine also is an adrenal stimulant, caffeine dependence can lead to adrenal exhaustion and depression.
Anxiety and stress can also be greatly relieved with daily mindful exercise such as Tai Chi, Qigong, other forms of meditation or simply going for a walk. Classes are available at: classes link.
For effective treatment of anxiety, schedule a free consultation today at: 303-862-0123 or web scheduler