by Cailin O'Hara, MAcOM, LAc, Dipl OM
It is said that people care less about what you do and more about how you can help them. Explaining how acupuncture treats anxiety can be complicated. Maybe you're curious or maybe you don't believe it can work for you. But if you're living with anxiety, there's one thing that's for sure: you're tired of it interfering with your life.
So...How Does Acupuncture Treat Anxiety?
This is the most commonly asked question. How does acupuncture work? Here are some basic rules, according to Chinese medicine, that may help you to understand how acupuncture can treat your symptoms of anxiety.
Rule #1: We do not diagnose you with “anxiety.”
"Anxiety" is a Western medical diagnosis. When you seek acupuncture treatment for anxiety, we (your practitioner, that is) will ask you a lot of questions about your health regardless of your symptoms. We then compile this information and diagnose you as a series of patterns, not single symptom.
Examples of Patterns Treated
Do any of these sound familiar to you? Notice each pattern's array of symptoms and how they all experience anxiety differently.
Rule #2: Your patterns represent areas of underlying imbalances in your physiology and your being.
Everything is connected. A single stressful experience can take a toll on all of our systems and create imbalances that can become more severe over time if left untreated.
Rule #3: Acupuncture can access the body's innate ability to heal and restore harmony to imbalanced systems.
How often do I have to come in for treatments?
How long will it take until I feel better?
Will I have to rely on acupuncture for the rest of my life?
Next time we'll talk about what a treatment plan looks like and just how quickly you'll start to feel better.
Stay tuned and take good care of yourself.
Cailin O'Hara, MAcOM, LAc, Dipl OM, is a licensed acupuncturist and board certified Chinese herbalist based in Phoenix, Arizona.
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