Acupuncture is very effective at alleviating stress and anxiety.
Worldwide, anxiety is among the most common forms of mental illness, afflicting individuals with symptoms ranging from occasional bouts of natural physical reactions to stressful situations such as that nervous feeling in the stomach prior to a major presentation, to more dramatic physical responses such as tachycardia (racing heart), chest pain, sweaty hands, shortness of breath, nausea, and headache.
In addition to physical symptoms, people suffering from anxiety may experience confusion, inability to relax, poor memory and concentration, fear, obsessive thoughts, and similar upsetting emotional symptoms.
A trained acupuncturist such as Dr. Laurie Binder uses acupuncture for anxiety by determining the pattern of anxiety and selecting the most appropriate locations to place the tiny acupuncture needles to bring relief.
Acupuncture works by stimulating points on the body that correlate to areas in which the natural flow of energy or qi (pronounced "chee") through the body is blocked.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), of which acupuncture is a vital part, understands the mind and body as a single unit in which emotions affect the physical body and vice-versa, which is part of the reason that using acupuncture for anxiety has yielded such wonderful results.
For example, a 2103 article on Acupuncture, Anxiety & Depression on the website Psych Central says, "it was proved that acupuncture is comparable to cognitive-behavioral therapy, which psychologists commonly use to treat anxiety" and that "stress hormones were lower in rats after receiving electric acupuncture."
Working out of her Los Angeles office, Dr. Binder is able to meld her decade of training in TCM with her 20 years of experience as a Certified Nurse Practitioner to bring each patient the perfect amalgamation of Eastern and Western solutions. Depending on the pattern of anxiety presented, she chooses the acupuncture points that offer the fastest and most long-lasting anxiety reduction.
Thus she continues the centuries-old practice of using the power of acupuncture for anxiety to alleviate symptoms and create the appropriate energetic balance necessary to maintain optimum health.
Read more about acupuncture for anxiety and whatever else ails you on Dr. Binder's blog.