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Anxious to Get Rid of Anxiety? Acupuncture to the Rescue!

 
Feel relaxed and breezy with acupuncture!

Feel relaxed and peaceful with acupuncture!

Anxiety getting out of control? Let acupuncture bring you back into balance! 

Anxiety is a completely normal human emotion. Many people feel nervous or anxious when faced with problems at work, before taking an exam, or making a difficult life decision. It’s a perfectly normal reaction to stress.

Anxiety disorders, however, are different. They can cause such distress that it interferes with someone’s ability to lead a normal life. And distress can disturb the body’s internal balance or equilibrium, leading to physical symptoms such as headaches, an upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, sexual dysfunction, and problems sleeping. Emotional problems can also result from distress.

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) occurs when someone feels worried and stressed about what could be seen as average, everyday events and activities. Often the things are small or unimportant. This type of worry can become disruptive, and affect daily life. Everyone gets worried or anxious sometimes. But people with generalized anxiety disorder experience more than normal everyday worries, and often have physical symptoms such as headaches, body aches or fatigue, among others. 

The cause of generalized anxiety disorder is not known. Some studies show that it might be passed genetically, and hyperthyroidism has been shown to cause generalized anxiety symptoms.

Besides GAD, many people often suffer from panic disorder, or panic attacks. People with this condition have feelings of terror that strike suddenly and repeatedly without warning. Other symptoms of a panic attack include sweating, chest pain, palpitations (unusually strong or irregular heartbeats), and a feeling of choking, which may make the person feel like they are having a heart attack or are losing their sanity. 

Also within the anxiety spectrum is social anxiety disorder, or social phobia. Social anxiety disorder brings feelings of overwhelming worry and self-consciousness about normal, everyday social situations. The worry often focuses on a fear of being judged negatively by others, or behaving in a way that might cause embarrassment or lead to ridicule. This can keep people from going out, meeting new people, moving ahead in their careers or towards their goals as they might wish. 

There is no reason to suffer from anxiety alone any longer. Acupuncture is a powerful treatment for relieving anxiety — it is highly effective in treating emotional problems, and it also addresses the physical realm, relieving the headaches, upset stomach, muscle aches, insomnia, and irritability that anxiety and stress can cause.  

Acupuncture treatments are based on treating your mental, emotional and physical symptoms. The resulting effect from acupuncture treatment is a feeling of relaxation, calm and an overall sense of well-being. 

Interested in acupuncture and how it can help you? Please visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com 

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Bad Case of the Winter Blahs? Feeling Anxious or Depressed? Be Soothed with Acupuncture!

Beat the Winter Blahs with Acupuncture!

Beat the Winter Blahs with Acupuncture!

Winter has been beautiful. However, who is now sick of shoveling? And careening down ice coated staircases? And feeling like it will never end? The other big question…have you been feeling really blah? Acupuncture can help with back pain, neck pain, headaches, and insomnia, but did you also know it can help with depression and anxiety?

Depression affects one in ten Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. How does one know if they’re depressed? When someone is feeling sad, hopeless, discouraged, unmotivated or disinterested for over two weeks or these feelings start to interfere with their activities and duties it could be a major depressive episode. For men, depression can also show up as irritability, anger, or self-destructive behavior. There are a large number of causes for depression, including genetics, chemical imbalances, hormone issues and other medical conditions. Depression may also be the result of a “dysregulation” of the seven emotions — joy, anger, worry, contemplation, grief, fear and shock. This is where acupuncture can really help.

If acupuncture is able to reestablish a balance among these emotions, the symptoms of depression are relieved. Treating depression with acupuncture has a positive and holistic effect on depressed patients, and avoids the potential side effects of traditional medication.

Also, for some, change of seasons can trigger depression. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects over ten million of us in the United States each year, two-thirds of which are female, but males may have symptoms that are more severe. For many, the symptoms start in the fall and carry on through the winter.

Ranging widely in severity, anxiety and depression are often found to occur together and have overlapping symptoms. Acupuncture is a safe and natural way to help with mild, short-term cases of both anxiety and depression. 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.

In more severe cases that are interfering with your daily activities and responsibilities over the long term, acupuncture can work in conjunction with other treatments such as therapy or medication, helping to maximize the effectiveness of the treatment and minimize side effects.

Acupuncture often gives an immediate improvement on the symptoms present, as well as a deeper improvement on the underlying causes,  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. Beings made mostly of water need it to be happy and healthy! 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.

Acupuncture helps you by bringing your body into balance, giving it a chance to rest, relax and heal.

Be kind to yourself and remember, Spring is coming!

For more information, visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com

Begin and End the Week with Less Anxiety — with Acupuncture!

Less Anxiety with Acupuncture!

Less Anxiety with Acupuncture!

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.

For more information, please visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com

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