Treatment Options for General Anxiety
If you have been suffering from anxiety or any disorder associated with anxiety, you are far from alone. Anxiety is the most common mental ailment in America, effecting more than 18% of adults – roughly 40 million. As such, many treatments are available.
Psychiatrists around the United States busy themselves most of the day with patients suffering from anxiety. Therapy of this kind can help many, but there are many more that do not find sufficient relief for their anxiety. Also, psychiatric therapy normally works in a timeframe of months to years and can cost in excess of $20,000 a year.
Medications are also available to help with anxiety, but most have very common side effects such as persistent sleepiness, mood swings and dependence. For this reason, many try to avoid modern medications for anxiety.
How Does Acupuncture Help with Anxiety?
Many believe that acupuncture has a mystical quality that can help with anxiety. By helping to balance the vital energies of the body, stress, depression and of course anxiety, melt away. For thousands of years acupuncture has played a key role in traditional Chinese medicine in helping to control a myriad of physical, mental and emotional conditions. Proponents of alternative medicine are usually very vocal in their opinion that acupuncture can help with anxiety.
If, however, you are a bit skeptical about traditional Chinese medicine, and find the many testimonials anecdotal at best, there is also clinical evidence to support the claim that acupuncture can help with anxiety. This can all be very technical, but in short, medical studies have found that stimulating the muscles with acupuncture techniques triggers the release of endorphins in the brain that can be very beneficial to anxiety.
Want to Try Acupuncture to Help With Your Own Anxiety?
If you wish to try acupuncture for yourself to see if you it can help with your anxiety, there are a couple of things to keep in mind:
- Acupuncture is virtually free of negative side effects. In the rare case that one does experience a negative side effect it is normally extremely mild in nature and lasts only a few moments to a couple of days.
- Acupuncture has an abundance of positive side effects. Acupuncture patients usually report sleeping better, feeling healthier, and even losing weight after acupuncture therapy.
- For those of us that are nervous about needles, modern acupuncture uses sterile, hair-thin needles that are virtually pain free.
However, it is important to seek out a qualified, professional acupuncturist to administer treatments. To maximize acupuncture’s efficiency, be certain that your acupuncture therapist is experienced and works in a clean, clinical environment.