Constant extreme stress causes anxiety whether it is at work, outside or at home. Anxiety is described as an extreme worrying or fear about a particular event, object or situation. The modern day of living helps foster anxiety and many people now suffer from chronic and general anxiety problems. Extreme emotions such as depression and anxiety have always affected the physical health and social life of individuals. Acupuncture Seattle is touted as an effective method for reducing and even curing anxiety and stress related disorders in individuals. Compared to antidepressants or sedatives, acupuncture is a very safe mode of treatment as it does not have any side effects. It helps with anxiety and stress by helping to stimulate the release of endorphins to relieve pain and calm the mind.
Traditional Chinese medicine is a holistic type of medicine in that it considers mind and body as inseparable components. Extreme mental stress can affect the five major organs of the body and results in imbalances in the affected organs. Likewise, an imbalance in any of the five organs can result in extreme emotions. Acupuncture as a treatment for anxiety can be utilized to correct these imbalances and protect the organs as well from diseases. Acupuncture treatment as with all TCM treatments, helps the body and mind regain their normal and balanced functions by relieving stress and diseases from both mind and body. The needles promote a calming and relaxing effect during the course of the treatment giving both body and mind the chance to heal. Anxiety symptoms are manifested by chest pain, tachycardia, shortness of breath, stomach pain, nausea and headache. The acupuncturist can study the patient’s condition and medical history to figure out what treatment approach is best for the patient.
Auricular or body acupuncture are the usual treatment approaches used for anxiety. With acupuncture, needles are applied at target points associated or connected to the kidney and heart meridians. The heart is targeted because it is a Yang oriented energy organ and it is vulnerable to being over-stimulated or over excited which can create “too much heat” in the heart. A heart with excessive heat causes insomnia and anxiety. The kidney, on the other hand, is a yin or water oriented organ. It is the organ that balances the energy of the heart by cooling it. An energy deficient kidney cannot play its role in balancing the fire energy of the heart and so the heart rages with more than enough fire manifesting it as insomnia and anxiety. Acupuncture regulates the yin-yang forces and strengthens the yin energy of the kidney thus helping correct the imbalance. A stronger kidney energy can contain the yang energy of the heart establishing a relative harmony of the two organs thus reducing or taking away anxiety.