Acupuncture may be just the treatment you need to overcome anxiety. The team of licensed and board-certified acupuncturists at Madison’s Family Wellness will develop a treatment plan that helps relieve your anxiety and restore your hormone balance. This team of talented practitioners welcomes individuals throughout Dane County to experience life without the debilitating effects of anxiety. Schedule a visit today.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture treatments involve the insertion of very thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body. It’s most commonly used for pain but continues to gain in popularity for treating numerous other conditions, including anxiety, due to its safety and effectiveness.
How does acupuncture work?
Traditionally, acupuncture is explained as a technique that balances the flow of energy or life force — known as qi (chee) — that flows through meridians (pathways) in your body. Inserting needles into specific points along these meridians rebalances your energy flow and enhances your body’s ability to heal itself naturally.
Many Western practitioners view the acupuncture points as locations where the insertion of the fine needles used in this treatment can stimulate nerves, muscles, and connective tissue. This action can boost the production of important substances such as natural stress-relievers and painkillers.
How does acupuncture help with anxiety?
Research has shown that acupuncture can relieve anxiety, even in individuals who have not responded to traditional treatments with psychotherapy and medication. It’s not clear exactly how acupuncture relieves anxiety, but it’s felt it may impact the way your body triggers the “fight or flight” response that occurs during anxiety or panic attacks.
Other health benefits of acupuncture that may also help relieve anxiety include:
- Regulation of your body’s circulatory system
- Reduction in pain and inflammation
- Reduced stress response in your body
Acupuncture is a safe and natural treatment that addresses the root cause of your anxiety and not just the symptoms. You may experience relief from your anxiety with acupuncture alone or in combination with other therapies.
How many acupuncture treatments will I need for anxiety?
The number of treatments you require depends on the severity of your symptoms and often varies from individual to individual. Your Madison Family Wellness practitioner may suggest you start with one or two sessions a week and then spread the treatments out as your symptoms improve. The treatment plan is always discussed in detail before you begin therapy.
To learn more about acupuncture treatment for anxiety, schedule a visit today at Madison’s Family Wellness. Call the office in Madison, WI, or book your appointment online.