Anxiety Relief

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TCM & Acupuncture for Anxiety

Chinese medicine views depression and anxiety as a disturbance to the shen, roughly translated as our “spirit.” Acupuncture, herbs and massage are all useful for treating depression and anxiety.

Acupuncture is an effective treatment for anxiety, with fewer side effects than medications. Traditional Chinese Medicine approaches anxiety as a problem of an imbalanced emotional state and seeks to restore balance between organs and systems in the body.

Causes of Anxiety

One TCM theory on anxiety is that a person can have excessive energy, also referred to as heat or energy (Qi), in the head. Anxiety disorders are like other forms of mental illness. They don’t come from personal weakness, character flaws or problems with upbringing. But researchers don’t know exactly what causes anxiety disorders. They suspect a combination of factors plays a role:

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How TCM Addresses Anxiety

Depending on where the needles go, acupuncture can cause the nervous system to produce painkilling chemicals, jump-start the body’s natural ability to heal itself, or stimulate the part of the brain that controls emotions, including anxiety. In other words, it works by assisting the nervous system achieve balance, alleviating stress and anxiety symptoms.

Acupuncture Results for Anxiety

It's been reported that acupuncture can give individual rapid results, often working within only one to two sessions. However, like any treatment, results and the number of sessions will vary from person to person.

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Common Anxiety Disorders We Treat

Common anxiety disorders include the following:

TCM Anxiety Treatments

FAQ - TCM Treatment for Anxiety

Chinese herbal remedies for anxiety have been scientifically studied for decades. A well-known Chinese herb for anxiety is ginkgo biloba, one of the world’s oldest tree species. Many herbal remedies contain blends of specially-crafted ingredients that promote a soothing anti-anxiety effect on the mind.

A popular remedy is Banxia houpu decoction, which contains pinellia tuber, magnolia bark, hoelen, perilla herb, and ginger rhizome. Most traditional Chinese medicine practitioners recommend using herbs for severe anxiety or anxiety disorders while under the direct supervision of a healthcare provider.

The conventional Western medicine approach to alleviating anxiety and depression centers around two main treatments: prescription medications and psychotherapy. While these approaches do have scientific support, they can cause uncomfortable side effects, are often prohibitively expensive, or (in the case of medications) tend to focus only on treating symptoms.

Unlike their Western peers, traditional Eastern practitioners focus on healing the individual rather than simply treating or masking symptoms of a disease. With the support of their practitioners, individuals utilizing Chinese medicine and herbs for anxiety and depression embark on a journey of restoration in body, mind, and spirit. In the Chinese medicine tradition, treating depression naturally begins by identifying and supporting the individual’s spiritual, emotional, mental, and energetic needs.

​​Studies show that acupuncture is an effective treatment for anxiety, with fewer side effects than medications.
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