Do you believe in magic? There once was a time when acupuncture was seen as some kind of black magic. But research has shown that it may be a more effective treatment than we first thought.
Is acupuncture effective? Well, I have no idea but we can go through the facts and you can make your own decisions.
Good reasons to try and treat anxiety with acupuncture:
- Why not?
- It has been shown to work in some cases
- The results are often instant
- It open your mind to new ideas
What is acupuncture?
Its a form of treatment that involves fine needles being inserted into the skin at certain points. Acupuncture started in Chinese medicine and its popularity has grown over the last few years in the Western world.
Acupuncture is based on science. It has been shown that the needles on the skin do effect nerves under the skin and it does effect the bodies chemical balances.
Acupuncture has to be administered by a trained professional. The needles need to be inserted in extremely precise locations otherwise you are just sticking needles into your skin.
The needles are inserted exactly half a mm away from the desired nerve. Depending where the needles are inserted, acupuncture can be used to cure all sorts of ailments.
Does acupuncture hurt?
No, acupuncture doesn’t hurt. It can be a little uncomfortable and knowing that the needles are being inserted is sometimes enough to put people off, but it doesn’t hurt.
How does acupuncture treat anxiety?
Can acupuncture be used to treat anxiety? Some people believe that acupuncture can treat anything!
The ancient Chinese believed in an energy force called QI. QI regulates your bodies health in general. The theory goes that anxiety effects your QI, changing the balance of your QI flow. Acupuncture corrects this flow by inserting needles into your skin.
It sounds ridiculous but if you interpret QI flow as your bodies chemical balances and processes then, scientifically speaking, acupuncture does work.
Does it work?
Studies have shown that it does. In 2013, an online journal found that students who underwent 20 minutes of acupuncture were found to have significantly less anxiety.
Where can you get acupuncture?
Acupuncture treatment is not usually a standard option but it is available through your local doctor or physio as an option. You will likely need to ask about it.
Acupuncture sessions is also available at traditional Chinese medicine and treatment centers but you need to tell them specifically that you are looking to treat your anxiety with acupuncture.
More info about acupuncture
If you are looking for more info about treating anxiety with acupuncture here are a few useful places on the web: