Can Acupuncture Alleviate Anxiety Pangs?


According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), anxiety disorders affect 18.1 percent of the American adult population. That is approximately 40 million people.

Unfortunately, more than half the people who suffer from panic attacks, depression and stress-related disorders do not seek professional help. There are a few reasons for this: mistrust, lack of awareness and lack of resources.

Depression is becoming a cause of concern in North America, with anxiety disorders dominating the number one spot.

What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a complementary Chinese medical practice that involves stimulating the pressure points in the body via the use of needles. These needles are finer than sewing needles — roughly 0.25 mm — and are used to penetrate the skin, away from the nerves.

It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for treating various illnesses and reducing symptoms of stress.

Can Acupuncture Alleviate Anxiety?

Although depression and anxiety is not curable, it is treatable. Different treatments work for different individuals. Some individuals do not want to use medicines and look for a more ‘natural’ way to get better.

The acupuncture needles to penetrate your skin act in two ways:

They Relieve Stress

Stress plays a major role in anxiety attacks. Individuals who work stressful jobs are under pressure.

1Whether it’s deadlines or finicky clients, avoiding taxing situations is impossible and this places pressure on individuals.

Acupuncturists are specialists who know which area contains which pressure point. By carefully inserting the needles under the layer of skin in that region, they are able to stimulate the nervous system.

When this happens, stress is released from the body and stiff muscles are relaxed. The individual feels as if a heavy burden has been lifted from their shoulders. Their mind relaxes and tension from the body is alleviated.

It Alleviates Physical Pain

Depression and anxiety are mental health disorders but also have physical effects. Stress damages the nerves in the body and causes symptoms of pain. This leads to neck and shoulder pain.

Acupuncture helps stimulate the nerve pathways of the body and relieves fatigue. When this happens, neural hormones—such as beta-endorphins—are released into the brain. This creates a feeling of happiness. This helps individuals forget about their pain.

A common misconception is that, since acupuncture uses needles, the treatment is painful. It is not only pain-free, individuals often times fall asleep when they are de-stressed.

We offer acupuncture treatment in Bradenton, Florida. Our experts have an experience of more than two decades, treating individuals with various ailments and conditions. Call 941-749-1807 to schedule an appointment.