Anxiety and Acupuncture

Anxiety is one of the most common issues that afflict individuals around the world.  A large majority of people suffer a minor form of anxiety while others have have break down and cannot function in response to stressful situations.  Many times, an anxiety attack occurs because someones mind is being overstimulated and fails to develops ways of coping.  Common symptoms of anxiety experienced are:

  • ominous feeling
  • irregular heartbeat
  • negative thoughts
  • uncharacteristic aggression or restlessness
  • fear

How Acupuncture can help

Acupuncture theory relates anxiety to an imbalance of the heart and kidney meridians.  One of the functions of the kidney is to aid in calming the heart down when exited.  Stimulation to these meridians, as well as other specific points that help the body relax, are commonly used to assist individuals suffering from anxiety.

One of the most popular combinations of acupuncture points for those who are afflicted with anxiety is referred to as the Golden Triad.  These points are LI 4, Lu 9, TW 6, Ht 7, and SI 3.  Stimulating these five points helps calm the body down as well as relax the muscles.  Many who have been experiencing an anxiety attack upon entering the office and had the Golden Triad used on them have reported a decrease, and sometimes complete disappearance, of their symptoms after treatment.

Golden Triad

Golden Triad for Anxiety

Auricular Acupuncture

Other common points used when addressing someone’s anxiety are found in the ear.  Auricular acupuncture works by stimulating parts of the ear that send signals to the brain activating that part of the brain.  Four points stimulated are:

  1. ShenMen
  2. Anxiety
  3. Tranquilizer
  4. Kidney

These auricular acupuncture points aid in calming the heart, relaxing the muscles, and bestowing an over-all relaxing feeling.  Some patients have reported to feeling positive effects within seconds of having auricular therapy for their anxiety.

If you or someone you care about are experiencing anxiety attacks and want to try an alternative to traditional medical treatment, then give our Friendswood office a call and Dr. Reece with schedule a time to speak with you.  Other services we offer consist of Chiropractic, Clinical Nutrition, Functional Neurology, and, of course, Acupuncture.

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