Acupuncture is effective in treating anxiety and emotional conditions, but how?
Patients are turning to acupuncture for relief from stress and anxiety. In fact, anxiety is one of the most common mental illnesses worldwide. Many people suffer some form of anxiety occasionally but others cannot manage this natural response to a stressful situation. When a person experiences a highly stressful or threatening scenario, the mind can be overloaded and fail to develop ways of coping.
Millions of Americans experience symptoms of depression and anxiety. One in ten is taking an antidepressant or anti-anxiety prescription medication. Antidepressants are the most widely prescribed medication, even surpassing cholesterol-lowering drugs.
While this may work for some people, others may feel strongly effected and complain of side effects such as: weight gain or loss, fatigue, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, increased anxiety, restless sleep.
Some studies show that antidepressants are only as effective as a placebo for mild or moderately depressed people.
Long term use of antidepressants decreases the body’s natural ability to produce seratonin – the “feel good” hormone, forcing a person to increase their medication levels untill they eventually plateau out.
Others feel that the medications are masking symptoms and they want to pursue other alternative means to manage and alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety. Have you thought of acupuncture?
As for where MD’s are on the subject of Acupuncture you would be surprised. Dr. Bennett stands shoulder to shoulder with MD’s.
Dr. Bennett has 10+ years of experience working side by side with Internal medicine doctors within a medical group. Through this practice, Dr. Bennett learned the importance of co-managing your care with your MD. She believes keeping an open dialogue with your primary care provider or your specialist is the best way to ensure you receive the treatment that best benefits you. In fact, internists, pain management specialists, neurologists, gastroenterologists, and other types of MD’s regularly refer their patients to Dr. Bennett. Some have become patients. To learn more about thii approach, call and for one her case managers at 714-962-5031.
Although the symptoms can be as manageable as an ominous feeling in the pit of the stomach, some suffer much worse. Anxiety can trigger the following responses:
• physical, such as an irregular heartbeat
• cognitive, which can cause negative thoughts
• behavioral, which may include uncharacteristic aggression or restlessness
• emotional, such as fear.
Depending on which of these symptoms are suffered, different anxiety disorders may be diagnosed. These include:
• generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
• panic disorder
• social anxiety disorder
• post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
• obessive comulsive disorder (OCD)
In Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, anxiety and depression are considered “stuck or stagnent” energy within the body. This can be likened to a car accident on the 405 fwy. If you envision the body as a super freeway, the stress response would be a minor car accident that gets resolved right away with very little back up. Now, if the accident involved several cars or the minor accident wasn’t attended too, there would be a SEVERE back up with alot of congestion and people trying to reroute to get to their destination. You see, cars still need to move forward and get where they are going but traffic is slow and inefficient.
By analogy, Acupuncture therapy is the fire department and ambulance that comes in and cleans up the accident, helps to get the victims to safety and to the hospital and taken care of AND acupuncture takes it one step further…..acupuncture also resolves other concerns that may be happening. Many find better sleep, improved mental clarity and focus, improved digestion, and increased energy!
Next Step – if you or someone you know is suffering from depression, anxiety and/or stress consider the follwing:
– Seek or continue counseling.
– Communicate clearly and frequently with your medical doctor(s) about addressing your concerns.
– AND find if you are in the Huntington Beach / Fountain Valley area, ask for a FREE meeting with Dr. Stefanie Bennett by calling us at 714-928-9917 or fill out the request form.
About Acupuncturist Dr. Stefanie M. Bennett, LAc, PhD – Holds both a masters and doctorate in acupuncture and Chinese medicine, plus two diplomats. She has completed additional training in functional medicine, herbal medicine, and applied clinical nutrition. She has been practicing in Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach for over 13 years. She can be reached at 714-962-5031 and new patients are welcome.