Anxiety can strike you at the most inopportune time and in the weirdest of places. We can blame it on a number of factors, though one constant factor is a fear of the unknown which sometimes makes people so afraid that they break out in a sweat. Luckily, there is help through counseling and other complementary techniques like acupuncture. There is proven evidence that the two go hand in hand. Let us demystify the relevance of acupuncture in this context.
What is acupuncture?
The ancient Chinese science works on the principle of stimulating points in the body that have a slight imbalance. By doing so, the pent-up energy is released through meridians. The basis of the science is that all the five elements- water, metal, fire, earth, and wood have a considerable effect on the inner workings of the body. Water is associated with fear, metal with grief, fire with happiness, earth with worry, and wood with anger. The science recognizes that both the body and the mind work in tandem and if neither are in sync, that is when all problems take root.
When you are prone to anxiety attacks, it can be highly stressful. The mind feels an overload and whatever coping mechanisms you try, they do not work. An irregular heartbeat, negative thoughts, panic or a chemical imbalance in the brain contributes to extreme anxiety disorders. Acupuncture identifies a correlation between the heart and the kidneys based on the five elements, which causes an anxiety attack. An overabundance of heat in the heart causes a flutter with the kidney because the fire and water are not contained resulting in an overcrowded mind. To treat the condition, an acupuncturist works on strategic points in the body, primarily around the kidney, spleen, ear, and the heart to treat the condition.
Clinical depression is quite a constant in today’s time where one in six people experience the symptoms. We can attribute this to the lifestyle choices, exhaustion, bad sleeping patterns, a sense of hopelessness, and so on. Acupuncture identifies that the ‘chi’ in the body is trapped midway and needs a boost to get the energy flowing to the right corners and parts of the body. The treatment used is known as the four gates where certain pressure points are stimulated between the index finger and the thumb and on the feet between the second toe and the big toe.
Depression and anxiety pretty much go hand in hand. They are considered two of the most likely causes for acute fear psychosis. Aside from finding out remedies through alternative sources, aside from medication, though both are necessary, a change in lifestyle and diet will make a huge difference. Acupuncture gets to the root cause of the problem and through the balancing of energy, one can certainly live a robust life without the headache of stress and fear. A varying lifestyle and exercise also change the way we think, as we look at the better qualities that life has to give, rather than letting the inner demons play havoc.
Anxiety can affect your lifestyle to a great extent, hence, it is recommended that you get help as soon as possible. Acupuncture is performed by licensed practitioners in Columbus, OH.
For more information about how acupuncture and other treatments can help you, please contact Board Certified Licensed Acupuncturist, Steve Drugan,B.S., L.Ac., at 614.218.6287 or click here. Taking new patients in and around Columbus, Ohio.