Anxiety and Acupuncture

Anxiety and Acupuncture

 

Anxiety can be a normal reaction to stressful situations, however when it becomes an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations, it can become a disabling disorder. As a result it has become one of the most common mental-emotional conditions affecting individuals today.

 

If you suffer from anxiety you’re probably very familiar with the symptoms including muscle tension, sleep disturbance, restlessness, fatigue, irritability, heart palpitations and shortness of breath. For some people it seems to come out of the blue and creep up at unexpected moments. For others, anxiety is predictable and associated with certain situations and events. The good news is that Acupuncture at Hinterland Physio can provide a natural form of relief from these feelings, helping you return to a happier life.

 

A Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncturist, views anxiety as affecting three organ systems the Heart, Spleen, and Kidneys. Each organ system is associated with an emotion, and worry is the emotion associated with the Chinese Spleen. The Heart in Chinese Medicine houses the Shen, or your spirit, which includes consciousness, memory, emotions, and thinking. The Kidneys are perhaps the organ system most damaged by stress and anxiety. It correlates best to the Western condition of adrenal fatigue (from stress, anxiety, overwork, etc.)

 

Chinese medicine and acupuncture can offer a number of strategies to help someone suffering from anxiety. Your practitioner would work by first calming your Shen using acupuncture. This is an effective first line of defence, as research has documented the positive effects that acupuncture has on brain chemistry. It has been found that acupuncture increases the secretion of endorphins in the brain, the feel good substance associated with pain relief. This effect accounts for the relaxing and calming sensation patients feel both during and after their treatments.

 

Fortunately, acupuncture can help balance both the mental and physical manifestations of this condition returning you to an easy-going life. Depending on the exact manifestations of your anxiety in conjunction with an observation of the pulse and tongue, an acupuncturist can determine which Traditional Chinese Medicine pattern of anxiety you are experiencing.

 

Give Acupuncture at Hinterland Physio a try and you will be amazed at the many benefits it can provide. Best of all acupuncture is covered under most health funds. Visit to make an appointment at 33 Off Street, Gladstone or telephone (07) 4972 5155. To make an appointment in Biloela please contact (07) 4992 5037.