How acupuncture works for Anxiety
Acupuncture has been shown to impact anxiety lowering stress hormones and raising the level of endorphins and serotonin.
“My name is Judy Pinson and I retired from teaching school a year ago. I retired two or three years before I had planned to because I was so exhausted and I had so much pain. I went to a couple of doctors and I was eventually diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
“I had gone to doctors before for my pain and they told me that my symptoms couldn’t be related to each other, that they were just individual symptoms and they weren’t related, so I was treating different things.
“I tried a medication for the fibromyalgia, and the side effects were horrible. It reduced my pain, but I felt really awful. I doubled the medication because I wanted to get rid of the pain. The side effects were, of course, even worse.
“I went to physical therapy for a little while and that helped the pain, but my other symptoms of mental fogginess, depression, anxiety, and fatigue did not go away. So I stopped all of those things and decided to try acupuncture because I was recommended by a friend.
“I’ve been going for a year now and the treatment has been amazing to me. The thing that has impressed me the most is that my symptoms are related. The pain is much reduced. I have so much more energy. I have less anxiety, I am not depressed. I sleep well. My digestion is better. So many things have happened as a result of acupuncture that I didn’t expect.
“I continue to come back once a week. If I miss a week, I begin to feel achy more. Overall, it has just improved my life so much. I am able to work in the garden. I am able to hang out with my grandson and volunteer in his classroom at school, so many things that I wouldn’t feel like I could do a year ago. I appreciate that so much.”
Auricular acupuncture: a potential treatment for anxiety.
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Auricular acupressure as a treatment for anxiety in prehospital transport settings.
Auricular acupressure as a treatment for anxiety before extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy in the elderly.
Out-of-hospital auricular acupressure in elder patients with hip fracture: a randomized double-blinded trial.
Prehospital analgesia with acupressure at the Baihui and Hegu points in patients with radial fractures: a prospective, randomized, double-blind trial.