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How acupuncture can help treat anxiety and depression

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, forty million U.S. adults suffer from an anxiety disorder, and 75 percent of them experience their first episode of anxiety by age 22. Perhaps you are one of these statistics and frustrated with being offered only treatment options that seem to be long-winded and coupled with numerous, and sometimes even more severe, side effects than the condition they are originally designed to treat.

If this sounds like you, you will be glad to know that there are natural alternatives and acupuncture is one of them. And with fewer side effects, often faster results and coverage by some insurance companies, it’s definitely worth a try.

Chronic stress is omnipresent in today’s society, leading our nervous systems to become permanently stuck in “fight or flight” (or sympathetic) mode. Like massage, acupuncture can gently bring the body back into balance, activating its parasympathetic nervous system and enabling it to “rest and digest”. It does this by producing painkilling chemicals, such as endorphins, thus boosting the body’s self-healing capabilities. Acupuncture also stimulates the part of the brain that controls emotions such as anxiety.

In turn, studies show that acupuncture slows the body’s production of stress hormones. Furthermore, a study published online in October 2013 in the Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies showed that students who had 20 minutes of acupuncture enjoyed a subsequent decrease in anxiety and improved memory immediately afterward compared to those who didn’t have this treatment.

If you want to limit or stop drug use for anxiety or depression, acupuncture may be the right choice for you by naturally regulating your body’s chemical balance. However, you should always seek the advice of a licensed medical practitioner before doing so. You may also enjoy added benefits such as better sleep and increased relaxation. In the end, by treating your stress and anxiety, you will likely treat a whole host of other conditions, too.

Acupuncture for anxiety, depression, and relaxation