Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S. 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population are affected every year.
I have been hearing a lot from patients about their anxiety and their children’s anxiety
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) sees Anxiety as one of two main imbalances
Deficiency of blood or yin.
When there is def of blood or yin, the mind or ethereal soul loses it's residence in the heart.
The person becomes anxious and has insomnia.
This can be alleviated by yin nourishing points, Chinese herbs and even foods that nourish the yin
The second major imbalance is Heat. Heart heat is a commonly seen in the clinic and can be diagnosed by a red tongue tip, and a strong wiry pulse.
I love how T.C.M. treats anxiety because by seeing the problem as an imbalance, it gives the patient something tangible to work with. Helping a person toward balance will help them feel better all around.
There have been a number of studies that show anxiety reduction by acupuncture.
Last year a study in china used 2 acupuncture points yin tang and gv20 and electroacupuncture, for depression, study showed significant decreases in depression and anxiety. Or pain related depression and anxiety
One study using acupuncture and Beagles and the sounds of thunder found that acupuncture prior to
sound stimulus can reduce cardiac autonomic and behavioral responses,
One of the ways acupuncture can help is it can switch the autonomic nervous system from the sympathetic state or the fight or flight state, to the parasympathetic or “rest and digest state.
In other words when you can relax, your digestion works better and you can generally heal better.
Acupuncture activates the body's own healing mechanisms, affecting the part of the brain that governs serotonin,and endorphins.
In Acupuncture The heart is thought of as an emotional and spiritual organ system.
Points on the heart meridian can be used for anxiety. There are also points called “calm spirit” on other meridians.