City Acupuncture practitioners see thousands of patients struggling with anxiety and depression each year.
Our patients may be having temporary trouble coping with life circumstances, or they may have a longstanding issue for which they use acupuncture in conjunction with cognitive therapies and/or pharmaceutical support.
In each case, patients continue to seek help at City Acupuncture because of the resulting improvement in mood, sleep, and motivation.
In the modern world simply functioning from day to day and handling your work, social, and family responsibilities is overwhelming. We face a constant stream of stimuli and occasional setbacks that, depending on the individual, can result in anxiety, depression, panic attacks, insomnia, general fatigue and burnout.
The human nervous system is prepared to cope with short bursts of stress, as when our ancestors ran from a predator or faced other threats to their physical survival. However, modern Americans (and especially those of us in large cities) routinely battle constant low-grade stress. We experience stress over careers, parenting, our love lives and marriages, money, and being surrounded by so many other people. Many of us have developed psychological coping mechanisms to deal with these stressors that involve reacting with heightened receptivity, as in the case of anxiety, or shutting down in response to stress stimuli as in depression.
Acupuncture can help you level out these emotional highs and lows and better cope with the stressors around you.
Acupuncture originated in China over 3000 years ago. Since then it has spread to the rest of the world, growing in popularity in the last century.
Acupuncture works by placing fine needles at specific points on the body surface. These are known as acupuncture points. These needles may be left in place for up to half an hour, but far from being uncomfortable, acupuncture is an extremely relaxing experience. This makes it ideal for treating conditions such as anxiety.
So how does acupuncture work for anxiety and depression? The answer is all about balance.
Acupuncture has been shown to have a number of different effects of the central nervous system. It stimulates the release of what are known as endorphins. These are the body's natural painkillers and “feel good” chemicals. These have the effect of relaxing the body and calming the mind.
Acupuncture also regulates the levels of several other neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin which have an effect on your mood. It also improves circulation, meaning that the stress hormone cortisol is metabolized more quickly.
All of this works to restore a state of balance and harmony to your body and mind, leaving you feeling calm, relaxed and revitalized.
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