Acupuncture is a holistic, drug-free way to treat anxiety, stress, and depression. Practiced for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles into different points on the body. Points run along meridian pathways where energy (life force or qi in TCM) flows. Stimulating the flow of qi is believed to facilitate healing, not only physically, but also mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. MindBody Med, in Seattle, WA, is ready to assist you on your healing journey.
Does Acupuncture Reduce Anxiety?
Anxiety is experiencing excessive worry that can affect your everyday life and harm your health and well-being. Studies have shown a series of acupuncture treatments to be effective for dealing with anxiety disorders. Even patients who didn’t respond to traditional treatments of psychotherapy or medication have experienced significant relief.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Inserting needles into specific points triggers the nervous system to release feel-good hormones. The release of these hormones helps to reduce pain, and tension providing an overall feeling of wellness. It also helps reduce cortisol, which is the body’s main stress hormone.
Where Are The Acupuncture Points For Anxiety?
After fully evaluating your health and wellness concerns, your acupuncturist will map out where they will be inserting the needles. There are certain points that target anxiety. However, because in TCM the body, mind, and spirit are treated as a whole, you’ll often find numerous other points are addressed.
- Shen Men or Heart Seven: Located at the crease of your wrist on the side of your pinky.
- Yin Tang or Third Eye: Located right between your eyes.
- Pericardium Six: Located on the forearm, about two inches down from the wrist crease.
- Conception Vessel 17 or Chest Center: Located in the center of the chest right at the nipple line.
- Governing Vessel 20 or Hundred Meetings: Located at the top and center of the head.
How Many Sessions Are Needed To Treat Anxiety?
Although some clients report rapid results (relief in one to two sessions), many find the most benefit in a series of treatments. How many treatments and how often can depend on factors such as the severity of your anxiety and for how long you’ve been suffering. In general, most people require about six to eight treatments one to two times a week. After that, you may only need maintenance sessions every other week or once a month.
A Safe, Holistic Way To Treat Anxiety
If you are looking for a holistic alternative treatment to treat anxiety, stress, and depression, acupuncture may be right for you. MindBody Med in Seattle, WA, offers acupuncture as well as other stress-relieving therapies, such as massage, medical qigong, and Reiki. Call us today to book your appointment.