Although acupuncture has been circulating within the Eastern Medicine world for centuries, it hasn’t been until recently that Western medicine practices are starting to acknowledge the benefits of integrating it into various types of therapy to relieve our bodies from tension, stress and potentially even anxiety.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a complementary Eastern medical practice that stimulates certain points on the body, most often where the needle is penetrating the skin so that it can alleviate pain, or help treat various medical conditions.
How does Acupuncture work?
Acupuncturists insert each needle half a millimetre away from a nerve. Depending on where the needles go, they can cause the nervous system to produce painkilling chemicals that can jump-start the body’s natural ability to heal itself, or stimulate the part of the brain that controls emotions, including anxiety.
So let’s discuss why it helps people with anxiety…
Acupuncture has shown that it can improve symptoms in people with anxiety that didn’t respond to other treatments like medication and psychotherapy.
Acupuncturists believe that the metabolic function, or circulatory system of a body can be disrupted by injury, stress, poor nutrition or a change in environment which can cause health issues to follow, like anxiety. By inserting needles at specific points in the body, acupuncturists are able to ‘reboot’ the circulatory system, so that there are no longer blockages in the body that could be causing the anxiety.
While we’re still learning about how this method actually works, if you have anxiety and you haven’t responded to other treatments, then acupuncture could be a good shot! At the very least, it’s important to know that it doesn’t make your symptoms worse.
Fabulous, but what if anxiety isn’t an issue?
That’s okay because there are many other reasons why acupuncture could help you. It can also…
- Reduce stress
- Reduce back pain, neck tension and relieve joint pain
- Relief from headaches
- Reduced eye strain
- Enhanced mental clarity
So is acupuncture right for you?
Many who seek acupuncture have already tried many conventional avenues. When western practices tend to fail, people seek Eastern approaches because they’re curious to know as to whether they’ll see results.
Acupuncturists suggest that acupuncture should be the ‘second’ approach to healing chronic issues. A diagnosis of what is really happening can help benefit the clients’ visit when being treated by an acupuncturist. Acupuncture is a great tool to alleviate pain, but it may not necessarily fix the underlying problem.