Anxiety is a pervasive condition that affects the daily life of 32% of adolescents and 19% of adults in America. Vonda Muncy, LAc, DiplAc, at Soul Potential Acupuncture & Wellness has years of experience using acupuncture to help patients de-stress, achieve calm, and overcome anxiety. If you struggle with overwhelming anxiety, schedule an appointment online or call the office in Castle Rock, Colorado.
Anxiety Q & A
What symptoms signal anxiety?
Anxiety develops when you’re worried about an upcoming event or fearful of a perceived threat. All types of circumstances can cause anxiety, from worry about whether you will pass a test to suddenly facing immediate danger.
When anxiety appears, you’ll experience a range of physical and emotional symptoms. You may feel tense, irritable, and nauseous. Anxiety makes many patients sweat, and some develop a fast heartbeat.
There are also many different types of anxiety, and each one has its own unique symptoms. For example, a phobia makes you anxious about a specific object or situation, while panic disorder causes symptoms that mimic a heart attack.
When should I get help for anxiety?
Anxiety is such a deep part of everyday life that it can be hard to know when you should seek help to relieve your symptoms. Although it’s normal to experience anxiety, your symptoms should go away after you face the cause of your anxiety.
When you suffer from constant anxiety — when you continue to feel anxious even though you don’t face an impending event or threat — it’s time to consider treatment like acupuncture to relieve your symptoms.
If you don’t take steps to relieve your anxiety, you’ll have constantly high levels of stress hormones. Over time, these hormones affect your physical health, causing problems such as migraines, weight gain, insomnia, and heart disease.
How does acupuncture relieve anxiety?
Acupuncture is especially beneficial for conditions like anxiety that affect your mind, feelings, and body because it treats the energy that connects all your body systems. In traditional Chinese medicine, health problems like anxiety arise when the flow of energy, called Qi, becomes blocked.
Acupuncture stimulates specific points along the pathway of energy, releasing blockages, restoring your energy balance, and freeing your body to heal. Acupuncture needles also stimulate nearby nerves and relax muscles.
As nerves near the acupuncture points communicate with your brain, neurotransmitters and endorphins are released that can regulate anxiety, relieve stress, and treat pain. Studies also show that acupuncture relieves anxiety in patients who haven’t responded to conventional treatments such as therapy and medications.
Acupuncture is a safe and natural therapy that may be used alone or to complement other therapies for anxiety. To learn more about how acupuncture can help you, call Soul Potential Acupuncture & Wellness or schedule an appointment online.