Many times, we’ve had patients come into our acupuncture office for physical issues such as a bum knee or tennis elbow. These issues can be identified, treated, and taken care of quite efficiently. However, when it comes to fear and anxiety issues, issues that aren’t necessarily visible to the naked eye or identified internally easy, it can be more difficult to determine whether acupuncture can help relieve fear and anxiety. If you want a more in-depth analysis to determine if acupuncture can help you, contact your local acupuncture Miami physician and see what they can do for you.
Some acupuncture clinics in Miami offer a free consultation so it never hurts to figure out whether acupuncture can help with your issues. However, we’re going to try to explain why acupuncture is effective when it comes to relieving fear and anxiety.
Identifying The Root of Your Fear and Anxiety is Crucial
Most acupuncturists will typically start you off with a questionnaire that will ask you about your medical history and state of mind. Questions about depression, anxiety and stress will typically come up and it will be your chance for you to open up a little about what’s bothering you.
When it comes to anxiety and stress, there can be a multitude of sources that heighten the effects. A strenuous job, a tumultuous relationship, trauma from the death of a loved one–all of these situations can create a toxic mindset where you’re wondering why you can’t think straight.
This is an important aspect before you consider your acupuncture treatment because you need to know what’s creating or adding to your negative energy flow, as acupuncture is all about getting your chi and energy back to a positive circuit.
Research Shows See Success For Varying Types of Acupuncture in Relieving Anxiety and Fear
Researchers from Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine investigated the efficacy of electroacupuncture and traditional acupuncture in the treatment of GAD (general anxiety disorder). In addition, there was also a third group…a drug therapy group. The electroacupuncture group had a total effective rate of 96.7% and the traditional acupuncture group achieved an 83.3% total effective rate, while the drug therapy group had an 73.3% total effective rate.
One of the interesting takeaways is that while all three methods were relatively effective, the acupuncture methods were more effective than the drug methods.
GAD is characterized by “persistent and excessive worry about a number of different things. People with GAD may anticipate disaster and may be overly concerned about money, health, family, work, or other issues. Individuals with GAD find it difficult to control their worry. They may worry more than seems warranted about actual events or may expect the worst even when there is no apparent reason for concern.”
Acupuncture is an Effective Treatment, But The Key To Reducing Your Fear and Anxiety is Within You
When it comes to acupuncture, some patients feel the effects right away while some time for them to truly feel the effect. Even then, it usually takes consecutive treatments to really see an impact.
But no matter how many acupuncture treatments you get, the key to conquering your fear and anxiety issues rests within you. Facing your fears is often nerve-wracking and quite challenging, but sometimes the feeling of fear itself becomes more powerful than what you’re afraid of. What we’re saying is that fear is a mental construct that only gets substantial the more we feed into it.
We’ve had patients tell us that while acupuncture didn’t directly solve their phobias, it helped them take the leap to conquer them because it put them in the right mindset. That’s what acupuncture is all about–putting your mind and body in the right place to promote growth and change from within.