You are not your anxiety!
People who struggle with anxiety tend to think it’s permanent and part of their identity. When you’re in the midst of angst, it’s understandable to think this way. But there is a way out!
In the United States, anxiety disorders affect about 40 million adults — women twice more than men. In Western medicine, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a psychological and physiological state characterized by excessive, exaggerated anxiety and worry about every day or upcoming life events with no obvious reasons for the worry. People with symptoms of GAD tend to always expect disaster and seemingly can’t stop worrying about things such as health, money, family, work, or school, and the worry is often unrealistic or out of proportion for the situation. Therefore, daily life becomes a constant state of worry, fear, and dread. Eventually, the anxiety dominates the person’s thinking and eventually interferes with daily functioning.
Although anxiety occurs when certain neurons react to external stimuli, there are also some physical symptoms that often occur to those experiencing anxiety. These include sweating, nausea, heart palpitations and panic attacks, though not all panic attacks are caused by anxiety (and vice versa). Treatment for anxiety varies from person to person, as there is no “one size fits all” type of treatment — different people have different personalities, different needs, and of course, different symptoms. There are many ways of dealing with anxiety, but acupuncture is an extraordinarily helpful tool.
Acupuncture often gives an immediate improvement on the symptoms present, as well as a deeper improvement on the underlying causes. The energetic systems involved will vary for each individual, and may include liver, kidney, heart, lung, or spleen energetics. These systems have a yang counterpart, so to speak, and point sites will be found along the various meridian pathways anywhere on the body. The reasoning involved is unique to acupuncture theory and practice, and good results are the common result. Immediate relief, and deeper clearing of underlying causes can be anticipated.
Acupuncture works well with diet corrections, supplementation, as well as necessary medications. Meditation and exercise are often important additions to a healthy approach. Also…be sure not to get dehydrated. Breathing exercises are also very helpful. Brisk walking or another form of exercise is very beneficial to those suffering from anxiety. Many people find yoga, tai qi or qiqong to be very helpful, as they are excellent forms of mind-body exercise that can improve the ability to control both anxiety and depression. Practicing these arts in conjunction with regular acupuncture treatments help provide the foundation for positive change.
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