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Can acupuncture help anxiety?

Updated: Jan 19, 2022

Do you suffer with anxiety and wonder if acupuncture can help? Whether anxiety is new for you or if you’ve had a lifelong battle with it, acupuncture can help reduce anxiety.


Anxiety manifests in many ways for different people. Likewise, it has many different causes. For example, researchers in the field of epigenetics have found evidence that people carry the emotional wounds of their ancestors. Needless to say, we are complicated beings and knowing exactly why one person has anxiety and another doesn’t isn’t always possible. Fortunately, Chinese medicine and acupuncture can help regardless.

Acupuncture Can Help Anxiety

The first thing we need to do when starting acupuncture treatments for anxiety is to take a comprehensive health history. A well trained acupuncturist doesn’t rely on one protocol for everyone who has anxiety. For example, important information includes sleep patterns, digestion, energy level, and physical pain. Effective treatment relies on this detective work to find and treat the root cause of your anxiety. From there, an acupuncturist can choose effective acupuncture points, Chinese herbs, and lifestyle advice.

Although the thought of needles can be intimidating for many people, I assure you that the treatment is very relaxing. Acupuncture is not painful. The body responds almost immediately by sending out feel good chemicals. Tummies start to gurgle-a sure sign that the nervous system is switching into the rest and digest parasympathetic state that is essential for healing. Regular use of acupuncture and the release of these ‘feel good’ chemicals results in long-lasting anti-anxiety benefits from acupuncture*.

Regularly sending your body into this deeply relaxed state is one of the reasons acupuncture helps anxiety. It provides a road map to an anxiety-free state. Beginning a home meditation or yoga practice with reinforce the road map. After all, you don’t want to rely on acupuncture to be anxiety-free forever. It’s a tool to help guide you into a healthier state of being.

Acupuncture also works so well for anxiety because it affects not only the physical body but also the emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies. It’s a truly holistic way to approach issues such as anxiety and depression.

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