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Anxiety is a complex disorder that affects a lot of people, and treatment for it is often multi-dimensional. Acupuncture has shown promising results in helping patients to manage anxiety in a drug-free manner and for many patients who have explored other options and not had relief. Let’s look at the advantages of acupuncture for anxiety and how this treatment could benefit you.


What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an alternative treatment modality, whereby small fine needles are inserted into different parts of the body. Their positions are along with the body’s pressure points and inserting them is believed to remove obstructions to the flow of energy in the body.

There have been a number of research studies conducted to investigate the efficacy of acupuncture for anxiety, but they have been small and are ongoing.


What Are The Benefits Of Acupuncture For Anxiety?

So far the research suggests that acupuncture benefits for anxiety exist, particularly with regard to generalised anxiety disorders. Currently, treatment for anxiety disorders includes medication, psychotherapy or a combination of both.

benefits acupuncture for anxiety palm beachIn terms of using acupuncture to treat anxiety, acupuncture needles are placed approximately half a millimetre away from nerves. The placement of the needle is important because it can induce the nervous system to secrete chemicals that are painkillers, catalyse the body’s ability to heal itself or stimulate emotional regulation in the brain, all of which present benefits for patients living with anxiety.

Another theory as to the acupuncture benefits for anxiety is that it can slow down the body’s production of stress hormones.

A further reason that acupuncture is becoming more widely favoured is the fact that the side effects and complications are very minimal. This is significant in comparison to sedative and tranquilising medications that are frequently prescribed for patients suffering from anxiety, which may result in drowsiness, dizziness and even dependence on prescription medication. Patients who are interested in pursuing drug-free remedies may be able to get relief from acupuncture sessions.

Side effects from acupuncture include soreness at the site of penetration and occasional bruising. Sterile needles must be used for every session so chances of infection are well managed.


So, Is Acupuncture Effective For Anxiety?

As the experts point out, no treatment is effective for everyone 100% of the time. All medications and treatments have their limits and the only way to establish if it is an effective treatment for you is to approach an experienced, registered practitioner. Patients who are interested effectively have nothing to lose when working with a registered and experienced practitioner.

One way to test it out conservatively is to start acupuncture while you are on your current treatment plan. There would be no reason to stop psychotherapy or medication initially and, if you do find that it is helpful, you would be able to discuss weaning yourself off of your current medication with your doctor, under supervision.


If you’re interested in learning more about acupuncture for anxiety, the next step would be to book a consultation with a practitioner to discuss your treatment needs. Please contact us for an appointment: (07) 5613 1531.