Acupuncture Can Help Reduce Anxiety Symptoms
Anxiety affects people of all ages and can have varying physical manifestations. Someone may have mild symptoms from anxiety that can restrict certain activities, while other people may have panic attacks that are debilitating (or someone can experience both). Acupuncture can be helpful in varying cases of anxiety because an acupuncturist looks at your unique set of symptoms and determines your constitution through diagnostic tools, enabling a personalized treatment for each individual. While some points are quite common in a treatment for anxiety because of their ability to calm the nervous system, other points used help address root imbalances that may be occurring.
Is There Evidence That Acupuncture Works?
Recent scientific reviews of clinical studies on the efficacy of Acupuncture treatment for anxiety have concluded that there is a high level of evidence that acupuncture is moderately effective in treating acupuncture. What does this mean for you? Basically, that many studies have shown acupuncture to be helpful in reducing anxiety. One review, which included 120 patients, found that acupuncture reduced anxiety symptoms twice as much as pharmaceutical treatment.
It has been our experience at Ground Luminosity, that patients report feeling calmer after acupuncture treatments and that feeling continues into daily life. Patients that suffer from panic attacks have reported a decrease in the frequency and severity of panic attacks, and in some cases they have reported no longer having panic attacks. Everyone responds differently to acupuncture, but anxiety is one condition that many people have seen relief from using acupuncture and the other modalities at Ground Luminosity, such as yoga, meditation, qi gong, and massage.
How Many Acupuncture Treatments Do I Need?
I recommend when first starting acupuncture for anxiety to have 4 weekly treatments and after that we can reassess how you are responding to the acupuncture. When treating anxiety it is important to continue maintenance treatments either monthly or seasonally and to make lifestyle changes that bring balance and harmony into your life.
Let us know if you have any questions on how acupuncture can help you and your family. If you are in the North Wales, Montgomeryville, Lansdale, Chalfont, Horsham area give us a call or schedule an appointment online.
All the best,
Kearney DeFIllipo L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.