Anxiety and Acupuncture Treatment
At New Leaf Acupuncture Clinic, Dublin, we treat the root of stress and anxiety.
Although many thousands of Irish people suffer from anxiety, depression, high levels of stress and other mood conditions many find standard medical treatment unsatisfactory. Acupuncture can help where standard treatments don’t by seeking to understand the underlying causes of the particular mood condition. Once the root cause is identified and the internal imbalance corrected symptoms can go away or decrease significantly.
What are the causes and symptoms of Anxiety and Stress?
Anxiety is a condition characterized by excessive worry about everyday life events. Some people may find that they cannot relax without the assistance of medication, alcohol or other drugs. Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is the most common form of anxiety in a range that includes panic, obsessive compulsive (OCD), and post-traumatic stress (PTSD) and social anxiety disorders.
There are several causes of anxiety and stress. They can include:
- Hereditary predisposition
- Biochemical imbalances in the brain
- Lifestyle, diet and sedentariness
- Hypothalimic-Pituitary-Adrenal axis dysfunction
- Unresolved past trauma
- Other causes.
How do we evaluate anxiety and stress?
An acupuncturist will always seek to understand the root cause of the disorder. A full health history will be taken. The lifestyle will be examined to address any underlying problems that might be contributing. A Chinese medical diagnosis will also be determined. This type of diagnosis (or ‘pattern’) is determined via signs and symptoms both reported by the patient and determined by the acupuncturist through pulse and tongue.
How do we treat anxiety and stress
After considering all signs and symptoms and determining the specific category of anxiety a custom tailored treatment plan is created. This treatment plan is designed to bring the body back into a state of emotional and physical balance. Acupuncture can have a profound impact on re-balancing hormones and neurotransmitters. We may also examine dietary, sleep and/or other lifestyle habits in order to dramatically increase the efficacy of treatment.
The length of treatment usually varies anywhere from four to eight treatments or more depending on the severity of the condition. Many patients begin to feel improvement after just a few sessions.
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