Updated: Feb 26
Anxiety disorders affect 18% of the adult population in the United States, yet only about 37% of those affected receive treatment. Western anxiety medications can lose effectiveness over time, forcing increasingly high dosages and shifts between medications to maintain mental health.
With acupuncture, we can relieve the symptoms of anxiety while treating the root causes to help you live anxiety-free, naturally!
Symptoms of Anxiety
Anxiety can present in different ways depending on the individual, but some of the most commonly experienced symptoms include:
Feeling restless/on edge
Fast heartbeat (tachycardia)
Acupuncture for Anxiety
Acupuncture acts on areas of the brain known to reduce sensitivity to pain as well as stress. It also promotes relaxation and regulates levels of neurotransmitters and hormones (such as serotonin, dopamine, and GABA) to combat brain chemistry that perpetuates the cycle of negative moods.
While stress from anxiety activates the sympathetic nervous system, acupuncture activates the parasympathetic nervous system to initiate a full relaxation response in the body.
Stress from anxiety can also suppress the immune system and lead to other illnesses. Acupuncture boosts immune system function by increasing circulation throughout the body, increasing the body's ability to heal and fight off illness.
Acupuncture is very effective in treating anxiety, even in patients who are non-responsive to cognitive behavioral therapy or medication. In one study, non-responsive patients were given a course of acupuncture treatments and maintained their improvement on the Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) for 10 weeks. (Note: the BAI is a 21-question multiple-choice self-report inventory used for measuring the severity of anxiety.)
Overall, there is good scientific evidence encouraging acupuncture therapy to treat anxiety disorders as it yields effective outcomes, with fewer side effects than conventional treatment.
If you struggle with anxiety in your daily life, you don't have to keep battling it alone! Call us at (321) 972-2940 and let us help you start your anxiety-free life today.
Anxiety and Depression Association of America. "Facts and Statistics." (n.d.) Retrieved from https://adaa.org/about-adaa/press-room/facts-statistics#
Complement Ther Clin Pract. "Acupuncture and electroacupuncture for anxiety disorders: A systematic review of the clinical research." (May 2018). Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29705474
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