Anxiety commonly affects 1 in 4 Australians. For many, quality of life can be diminished with affects on sleep, concentration, appetite, relationships etc. Interventions can include counselling, medication and exercise. However, Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture may provide a powerful allay in providing relief rom anxiety so you can get back to fully engaging with your life.

How does acupuncture help with treating anxiety? According to Chinese medicine theory, anxiety is rooted in fear and over contemplation of thoughts without end. To simplify, worry and fear.  Pairing this to a Western medicine viewpoint, we may see that the person who suffers from anxiety may be in a perpetual state of ‘fight or flight.’ Of course in this state, we are referring to the adrenaline and sympathetic nervous system symptoms that most of us have experienced, at least temporarily, at some stage or another. That being, elevated heart rate, increased sweating, shallow breathing, trembling and dry mouth. The bodies energies are floating upwards and the person is unable to calm ‘down.’

Acupuncture aims to bring the body into a more relaxed state where the bodies energy is able to sink down ward so that the heart rate decelerates, breathing is deeper, slower and less constricted and the mind slows down it’s speed of thought.  From the bio medical view point, we might say that the body has now switched over into a ‘rest and digest’ state. The is the parasympathetic arm of the nervous system responsible for calming down, feeling relaxed and promoting downward movements in the body that are well regulated, such as digestion.

How many needles are used and where do the points go? With anxiety, it is common to use 4 to 6 points per treatment which are often placed on the arms and legs and on the back. Sometimes, only 2 or 3 points may be utilized for initial treatment.

Where can I receive Acupuncture and are herbs helpful? Practitioner, Brendan C Meek at Authentic Acupuncture in Balmain has more than 20 years experience in treating stress and anxiety conditions. Whilst herbs are not always necessary, they can be a useful ally in particularly chronic or stubborn cases.  For bookings, call (02) 9188 1560 or visit the home page of this website www.authenticacupuncture.com.au and go to the home page, scrolling down to “Book your appointment now.’

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