Anxiety, Stress, Panic Attacks

Acupuncture for Stress, Anxiety, Panic Attacks

Acupuncture-for-Anxiety-Stress-300x225Looking for stress relief? Or do you suffer from more severe symptoms of stress such as anxiety? Stress and anxiety affect most of us to some degree. Stress can be motivating in small doses. Deadlines can kick our actions into high gear causing us to complete unfinished business. But when stress becomes a way of life, it’s time to take action. Acupuncture relieves stress!

Most of my patients look forward to their acupuncture treatments because of acupuncture’s most pleasant and surprising side effect…Stress Relief!

Stress & Anxiety Symptoms

Ongoing stress can creep up on you causing stress overload. Anxiety is often a result of chronic stress that has gone on too long. Symptoms of stress and anxiety include tight muscles, especially in the neck and shoulders, shallow breathing, chest restriction causing the sensation of heart racing, sweating, and even panic at times. Digestive symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, and abdominal pain are common physical symptoms of stress and anxiety. Pain is worsened during times of stress and anxiety, in addition to other health conditions you may have. Mental symptoms include obsessing over things that have happened, worry over what might happen, racing thoughts, leading to feelings of being overwhelmed and depression. When stress causes an inability to sleep, insomnia can result and become habitual.  Friends and family will say ‘you should just relax’. But there comes a point where your body no longer remembers how.

Chronic Stress & Anxiety – Fight or Flight

Stress causes the body to go into ‘fight or flight’ mode  – which is useful when fleeing danger or needing to respond quickly to an emergency. Stress and anxiety cause the body to release chemicals that are great to get you quickly into high gear. Stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol are released so you can get yourself or others out of danger – quickly sending blood to the muscles and diverting it away from the digestive tract .  Digestion is affected because fight or flight literally shuts down your digestive function so that you can respond to a physical threat. But what if there IS no physical danger? Your digestion is affected anyway! Unchecked stress affects all the systems of the body when it has become chronically flooded with stress hormones. Eventually chronic stress can lead to insomnia, adrenal fatigue, exhaustion, and illness.

Natural Relief from Stress and Anxiety with Acupuncture!

My patients report significant reduction in symptoms of anxiety and stress – often during the first treatment. Most people notice that their stress response is greatly minimized within their first five acupuncture visits. I have helped many people reduce or eliminate their dependence on anti-anxiety medications (always under the guidance of the referring physician). I would love to help you too. Get help with your stress and anxiety. Call for an acupuncture appointment today!

Anxiety & Stress Relief Research Studies

How Acupuncture Relieves Stress

While studying rats, researchers discovered that stress hormones were lower in rats that had received electronic acupuncture.

Results were published in the Journal of Endocrinology. For the study, the researchers designed a series of tests using electronic acupuncture to ensure that each rat received the exact same dose of pressure.

Acupuncture Regulates Seratonin for Stress

A new study explores the biological mechanisms involved in acupuncture’s stress-relieving abilities, something science has yet to fully understand. These studies have shown that the substances released in the body as a result of acupuncture relax the body, and also regulate serotonin in the brain, which affects emotional states.

Patient Reviews for Anxiety & Stress Relief

“Margaret is amazing! I had suffered severe anxiety for about 5 years, to the point that I was taking 300mg of anti-anxiety medicine a day, and still not feeling right, I felt like I was broken, and could not figure out what was wrong with me. I thought it was just something I had to deal with since it runs in my family, and I had resigned myself to having to take the drugs for the rest of my life. It was awful, I didn’t want to be around other people, I was angry at the world and I had put on a lot of weight. A friend of mine had met Margaret and started to see her for allergy treatment – it worked wonders for him, so I thought “what the heck, I have nothing to lose” so I made an appointment. I never thought I would see an acupuncturist – the thought of needles didn’t thrill me, but the minute I met Margaret, I knew I made the right decision. Margaret’s wonderful energy shines through, and for someone that is typically very uncomfortable with strangers (especially doctor-types) I felt immediately at ease. She explained everything that was going to happen in the session, and why it would happen and what was supposed to be the outcome. We started with NAET treatments, and after a few sessions, I was feeling better, and really thinking that this just might work! We moved on to Dr. Tan’s acupuncture methods, and each one has brought relief. After seeing Margaret for some time now, I can report that not only am I completely off the anxiety medicine, but I am starting to lose the weight, and in general I feel a million times better than I ever have! Margaret is a healer in the truest sense of the word, and I am so grateful that I have found her. If you aren’t satisfied with traditional medicine and would like to try something else, where the focus is on healing you, I cannot recommend Margaret enough.”

Amber H. – Downingtown, PAAnxiety relief – no more anti-anxiety medicine!

“I came to see Margaret out of curiosity. I was interested in reducing stress and increasing general motivation. Over the course of a few treatments, I began to feel more motivated about daily life. Additionally, I began to feel an increase in self esteem as well as clarity and peace of mind. I would recommend her not only because of the effectiveness of her treatments, but also because of the caring spirit that is evidenced through both Margaret and Brittany.”

Tara H. – West Chester, PAStress relief and peace of mind