Today’s world is the most interconnected community our civilization has ever known. The rise of the internet and mobile technologies puts a wealth of knowledge and immediate access to it at our literal fingertips wherever we may be. However, the unfortunate side effect of this modern power is the rise of anxiety and its related disorders. As this trend continues to grow, more and more are seeking alternative and complementary medicines and therapies to treat these conditions, and acupuncture for anxiety and related conditions is seeing more evidence-based research and success in treatment.
More On Anxiety And Related Disorders
Anxiety disorders are the most common illnesses in the United States–and its rising every day–affecting 40 million adults or 18.1% of the population every year. Unfortunately, only 37% of those reporting these anxiety disorders seek and receive treatment. And those that do seek treatment, anxiety is a difficult condition to treat effectively–given the related disorders that commonly co-occur with anxiety–and as such has high relapse rates. Another unfortunate complication with anxiety treatments, specifically pharmaceutical treatment, is the difficult task of prescribing medicines that treat the specific condition and do so without reinforcing the high relapse rate due to withdrawal from treatment because of discomfort, a wide-range of negative side-effects from drug therapies, or frustrating treatment plans.
Anxiety also has several different symptoms that can vary for each individual also making treatment difficult. It can manifest physically (irregular heartbeats, abdominal pain and discomfort, and headaches), mentally (negative thoughts and suicide ideation), behaviorally (aggression, restlessness, and insomnia), and emotionally (fear and anger). Because anxiety can have such a broad mental and physical effect on an individual, its diagnosis may be a relatively easy task but developing the correct treatment plan for an individual can prove difficult.
Acupuncture for Anxiety
As more individuals are looking for treatments and complementary therapies for anxiety and related disorders, many–including those in western medicine which has traditionally recoiled from Traditional Chinese Medicines–are seeing success and evidence-based research supporting that success in acupuncture for anxiety. According to a clinical medical study conducted in 2013, there is now published, high-level evidence supporting the use of acupuncture for treating anxiety and major depressive disorders; the study saw that those receiving acupuncture for anxiety treatments saw a significant increase in results compared to the control groups.
Acupuncture for anxiety works by stimulating the muscles and organs that regulate hormonal balances boosting the body’s natural responses to the external stressors that can cause and complicate anxiety disorders. Acupuncture for anxiety is a natural treatment that does not rely on pharmaceutical drugs that can have lingering negative side effects making treatment difficult and a relapse likely. Instead, acupuncture for anxiety works with the body’s natural systems and responses to alleviate anxiety symptoms and complement other therapies and treatments so that the patient can return to a healthy state mentally and physically. When searching for treatment options for anxiety, it’s important to consider the contributing external factors as well as a holistic treatment and wellness plan that will be successful in treatment.
With the rise of anxiety and related disorders on the rise and showing little sign of slowing down in our fast-paced society, many are seeking a holistic and healthy approach to treating their anxiety. Acupuncture for anxiety is a successful treatment option that is research-based and successful for anxiety and depression and could help reduce or relieve symptoms especially as a complementary treatment to other options.
At Common Ground Wellness, we can create an individual treatment plan that works for your specifically that includes acupuncture for anxiety along with diet, lifestyle, and Traditional Chinese Medicines that contribute to your general health and wellness.
If you still have questions about the benefits of acupuncture for anxiety and related conditions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re happy to schedule a consultation and discuss your individual needs and develop a treatment and wellness plan.
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