Why not use acupuncture for anxiety?
Emotional aspects of these disorders include constant worry, inability to concentrate, insomnia and irritability. Using acupuncture for anxiety may bring relief.
The term, ‘anxiety‘ describes a number of related conditions including panic disorder, phobias, generalized anxiety disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder. The emotional aspects of these disorders include constant worry, inability to concentrate, insomnia and irritability. Its presence can exacerbate physical symptoms associated with conditions like irritable bowel, headache and back pain. Using acupuncture for anxiety may bring relief.
Pre-exam nerves, worrying about a job interview or speaking before an audience can all trigger ‘butterflies in the stomach’, the precise medical term for which is ‘performance anxiety‘. This goes away by itself most of the time. Sometimes, relief can be speed-ed up by an herbal tea and a not bath, or perhaps a drop of something stronger.
When every day is filled with dread, or when everyday stimuli trigger a full-blown panic attack, complete with unpleasant autonomic symptoms, this can be very disturbing and have a profoundly negative effect on both the sufferer and those around them. It can interfere with close personal relationships or lead to difficulties at work. Ultimately, the sufferer may just give up and refuse to leave the house.
Traditionally in western medicine, the doctor reaches for the prescription pad as a first line of therapy. While pharmaceuticals may, indeed, work, the symptoms are different in each patient. Sometimes it takes more than one type of drug to make the patient comfortable, and this can take months or even years. Even where a drug has proven useful, they can sometimes exacerbate symptoms until the patient becomes accustomed to the medication. It can take as long as six weeks before the patient even begins to feel some benefit from the medication.
Even under the care of a physician, drugs can have side effects. There is simply no such thing as a completely ‘safe’ drug. Some drugs may interfere with other medications the patient is using. Some carry with them the risk of abuse, dependence or addiction. Withdrawal can be fiercely uncomfortable and sometimes even dangerous.
There is evidence that the use of acupuncture for anxiety can bring relief and halt the progress of symptoms to a debilitating chronic condition. Acupuncture is an alternative to conventional western medicine. Patients are treated by inserting and manipulating specially designed needles. The procedure is safe when performed by trained professionals using sterile needles.
The Science of Acupuncture – BBC Documentary – Traditional Chinese Medicine
The earliest records of acupuncture come from documents in China dated 200 years BC. Practitioners in Japan, Korea and Taiwan have deviated somewhat from the practice of traditional Chinese medicine. As many as half of the practitioners in Europe, such as the United Kingdom, follow these non-traditional practices.
A small study of 20 patients was published in a scientific journal. After only five minutes of treatment using two strategically placed needles, all 20 subjects overcome their dental phobia. As this condition affects one in five people, larger trials are indicated to confirm these early findings. Some patients are not suited to medicines, while others seem to prefer a more ‘natural’ approach. It is always a good idea to consult a qualified medical health professional before embarking on this or any other new form of relief.