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Acupuncture and Anxiety

Anxiety is something everyone faces on some level and can range in intensity from very mild to severe and debilitating.

Most of us have some situation or environmental trigger that can cause us to feel butterflies in the stomach or even begin to feel weak and shaky. This could be when getting ready for an important exam, a job interview or when driving in heavy traffic.

This is perfectly natural and happens to everyone at some point. Typically, these feelings will be gone before too long, but for some people anxiety never really goes away, and they live their lives in a state of tension, which can be very impactful in everyday life.

There are many types of anxiety disorders, but GAD or Generalised Anxiety Disorder is one of the most common. Those who suffer from GAD tend to feel anxious all the time and sometimes for seemingly no reason. Because of this, it can be especially difficult to manage these symptoms and their effects may be felt for a long time.

How does Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) affect you?

GAD comes with a set of Physical and Mental symptoms.

Physical symptoms include:

  • muscle aches and tension
  • palpitations
  • Gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhoea or nausea
  • insomnia
  • tiredness

Psychological symptoms can include

  • feelings of dread
  • being irritable.
  • inability to tolerate uncertainty
  • difficulty concentrating

Those who suffer from GAD tend to assume the worst and worry excessively.

What can be done about GAD?

There are a variety of support and treatments available for those who feel that GAD is disrupting their day-to-day affairs. The first place to begin your search for effective treatment will be with your regular GP. Many find that support and therapy from a qualified therapist or psychotherapist is a suitable and effective standalone treatment for dealing with GAD.

Many others have found relief when using acupuncture as an additional source of valuable treatment for the emotional and physical aspects of this condition.

How does Acupuncture help?

Acupuncture works to relieve the effects of anxiety in a number of ways. There have been many studies that support the knock-on effect that acupuncture has on the mood and mood disorders through improving the balance and function of feel-good brain chemicals or neurotransmitters.

Acupuncture also provides the natural relaxation needed for reducing the physical aspects of this condition through its capacity to stimulate the production of natural opioids within the body. Finally, acupuncture can be taken alongside just about any other type of treatment to potentiate its effects.

Please contact Vicky Newman if you would like more information on this matter.

If you are interested in discussing this or anything else please call me on 07789 521282

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