Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States. Roughly 40 million Americans over the age of 18 are affected by Anxiety (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America:
-Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only about one-third of those suffering receive treatment.
-Anxiety disorders cost the U.S. more than $42 billion a year, almost one-third of the country’s $148 billion total mental health bill, according to “The Economic Burden of Anxiety Disorders,” a study commissioned by ADAA (The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 60(7), July 1999).
-More than $22.84 billion of those costs are associated with the repeated use of health care services; people with anxiety disorders seek relief for symptoms that mimic physical illnesses.
-People with an anxiety disorder are three to five times more likely to go to the doctor and six times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders than those who do not suffer from anxiety disorders.
-Anxiety disorders develop from a complex set of risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events.
-Nearly one-half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.
Suffers of anxiety may have difficulty coping if left untreated and or undiagnosed. It is important to seek professional help. Suffers with anxiety may experience trouble interacting with others socially, have problems sleeping and or restless sleep, and/or may have difficulty performing simple tasks at work. People may also feel frightened by their anxiety as a panicked state may even feel like a heart attack. Medication and behavior therapy are used to treat anxiety.
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to manage symptoms of anxiety. Acupuncture helps calm an overactive or heightened nervous system that may be contributing to feeling anxious or experiencing anxiety. Acupuncture can be used as a complimentary therapy along western medical treatment and psychotherapy to manage anxiety. Acupuncture brings healing about by activating the body’s parasympathetic nervous system. When you are in an anxiety state you are stuck in the sympathetic, fight or flight, response. Acupuncture turns off the sympathetic response by activating the parasympathetic nervous system. Many report after experiencing their first treatment of Acupuncture that they feel calmer and more centered.
Chinese Medicine medical theory was developed thousands of years ago and theorized that anxiety was due to something physical. Chinese medicine theory emphasizes that the organ health may drive anxious symptoms. When you help calm the nervous system out of a flight or flight response, the body can heal and experience deep relaxation. Acupuncture anxiety treatments focus on delivering nutrients to the heart, adrenals, kidneys and lungs by the activation of the parasympathetic nervous system. Each of these organs plays a role in regulating our emotional states. Heart dysregulation is related to emotional dullness, fatigue, sleeplessness, depression and hopelessness; liver – irritability, resentment, anger and lack of control; lungs – sadness, grief and detachment.
Acupuncture signals the body to deliver nourishment in the form of blood flow to our organs to activate deep relaxation. Within our blood, our essential nutrients, anti-inflammatories and hormones help soothe our cells and muscle tissue that are in a flight or fight response.
Please note: Acupuncture does not cure Anxiety.