Acupuncture the Natural Prescription for Anxiety

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) reveals that anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting 40 million adults. This type of neurological disorder not only impacts the brain, but one’s entire being, resulting in three to five times more visits to the doctor’s office than those who don’t suffer from anxiety. Anxiety costs America a staggering 42 billion dollars a year in conventional treatment.

Mainstream drugs are not only expensive but harbor negative side effects, but is there a natural prescription that can alleviate one’s symptoms of anxiety and refresh their entire system? Yes! Acupuncture. Not only is this alternative treatment attracting attention in mainstream medicine, but according to a recent survey, this ancient technique is gaining momentum across the nation.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the oldest and most commonly used medical practices used in the world.  This holistic approach is an ancient Chinese practice involving the insertion of needles into pressure points on the body. According to ancient Chinese medicine, the body is regulated by an energy force known as Qi. Qi moves throughout the body’s system through pathways called meridians. When the flow of Qi is disrupted, one’s overall health is affected. When the acupuncturist inserts these fine needles at specific points, the balance of Qi is restored and the body is refreshed. Acupuncture improves one’s wellbeing, and according to the ADAA, “evidence for the use of acupuncture . . . to treat anxiety disorders is becoming stronger.”

How does acupuncture treat anxiety?

By the strategic placement of the needles, the nervous system can be stimulated to release painkilling chemicals and even stimulate the areas of the brain which controls emotions. This researched technique has also been proven to release endorphins—the natural chemicals that play an important part in regulating stress responses. Not only does acupuncture help alleviate stress, but it also targets the areas of your life that is affected by chronic anxiety such as poor sleeping habits, stomach aches, and memory loss.

A study, conducted in 2014, reveals that not only is acupuncture an effective treatment for those suffering from anxiety, but it’s also safe. This is important to note because while most mainstream drugs contain damaging side effects, acupuncture is harmless. The results supplied by acupuncture are beneficial, and that is the perfect, natural prescription to treat not only anxiety, but one’s health in general.

It’s important to detail the specific anxiety problem to the acupuncturist in order for them to target the correct imbalance and allow this ancient method help improve your overall mental and physical health

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Distress or Chronic Stress

Distress or chronic stress is uncontrollable, prolonged, or overwhelming stress. Once stress becomes distress, the body manages to survive though not always to thrive. For example, when faced with periods of chronic stress, the body’s immune system function is lowered, and the digestive, excretory, and reproductive systems no longer function the way they should. In a state of distress, the cells of the immune system (and other body systems) are unable to respond normally and produce levels of inflammation which increase the risk of further health issues.

Homeostasis

Homeostasis refers to your body’s ability to regulate itself and maintain a comparatively stable internal environment despite external and internal conditions and events.

Your body is designed to be in a state of homeostasis, where all the systems within are functioning optimally.

Stressor

Stressor is anything that is perceived by the body as challenging, threatening or demanding.

Health Story

In the context of My Wellbeing Compass, your “Health Story” represents the combination of your dis-eases, conditions, symptoms and the history that binds them together. It is multi-layered and multi-dimensional. Unearthing and resolving the root causes at the core of your Health Story is the only way to truly rewrite this Story.

Natural Self-repair Mechanisms

The body is made up of intelligent, living cells that are dynamically connected. They communicate and just know what to do and when to do it in any given situation. They grow, replicate, repair, and age. Every 90 days, the body has a new bloodstream; every year, it manufactures billions of new cells; colon cells refresh every 4 days; the skin is entirely regenerated every 2-3 weeks; white blood cells regenerate in about 1 year; the liver renews itself at least once every 2 years; and the skeleton replaces its cells entirely every 10 years.

You are an incredibly complex, interactive, and dynamic living organism that is well-equipped with self-repair mechanisms that can fight infections, eliminate toxins, fix damaged DNA, destroy cancer cells, and even slow down aging.

This natural self-healing ability (also referred to as cellular intelligence or body’s innate intelligence) explains spontaneous remissions from seemingly “incurable” diseases.

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