Over 40 million Americans have anxiety. It’s a state of excessive apprehension, stress and tension that can affect a person’s day-to-day life. Untreated, anxiety may lead to depression.
Acupuncture is a popular treatment for anxiety. It has no side effects and is all-natural unlike some anxiety medication which can have serious side effects.
Acupuncture needles are carefully inserted under the skin. They hit specific points based on your body’s symptoms.
These points are placed to unblock “qi” which flows throughout your body like “cars on a highway”. Unblocking them balances out your body and returns them to its natural balanced state. At Irvine Meridian Acupuncture Health Center, our acupuncturists will look at your symptoms and tailor each point to your body’s needs. In traditional Chinese medicine, the body isn’t separated into “physical and mental” well being like western medicine. Instead, the body is treated as a whole. At Irvine Meridian Health Center (Acupuncture In Irvine), we believe one part of the body affects the other aspects thus both need to be treated. Instead of a “band-aid” solution, the entire person’s well being is treated.
Western medicine explanation to the effectiveness of acupuncture  is that it eases anxiety by bringing back the autonomic nervous system into balance. In an anxious person’s sympathetic nervous system, they are constantly in a “fight or flight” situation. This “fight or flight” mode further affects the rest of the body (parasympathetic system -the “rest and digest” part) thus creating symptoms such as stomach aches, and insomnia. Acupuncture relaxes the body and shifts it back into a state of ease.
Acupuncture treatments are meant to be repeated over time. While some people will report immediate improvements, most notice gradual changes that come with regular treatments. Patients have gone from having horrible anxiety stunting their livelihood and ability to work to feeling happy and well again.
Is anxiety affecting your daily life? Get acupuncture for anxiety from a professionally licensed acupuncturist in Irvine to feel better. It’s all natural with no side effects. Make an appointment to come to our Irvine acupuncture office for a consultation for your anxiety. Call: (949) 229-7498
Acupuncture for stress
When it comes down to anxiety, one should also consider how they react to stress. This is because anxiety is the reaction to stress. If one manages their stress well, it can significantly help with anxiety and other medical conditions that are associated with stress. One effective treatment you should try is acupuncture for stress.
Why acupuncture for stress?
Acupuncture for stress is a good treatment for stress. It can help one feel relaxed even after receiving a series of treatments. There are cases in our clinic where patients feel so relaxed that they fall asleep during their appointment. By using acupuncture for stress, it can help patients manage their stress and other medical issues that can be caused by stress.
What does the research say about acupuncture for stress?
In one study, researchers had patients be treated by acupuncture for stress. They looked at the low-frequency–to–high-frequency (LF/HF) ratio of the heart rate variability (HRV). After a few weeks to a few months, they found some interesting results. They found from the patient that HRV increased over weeks to months during the course of acupuncture treatment for hypertension as evidenced by a decrease in their LF/HF and conclude that this would indicate a relative decrease in their physiologic stress. 
In another study, they looked at the effects of acupuncture for stress in a large urban college population. They had 111 participants and randomly assigned them into a treatment group with acupuncture for stress and a control group with acupuncture. They measured it by Cohen’s global measure of perceived stress scale (PSS-14) each week for 12 weeks. Afterward, they were able to conclude that acupuncture may be successful in decreasing the perception of stress in students and staff at a large urban university. It was also found that the effect persists for at least 3 months after the treatment. 
Interested in acupuncture for stress or acupuncture for anxiety? Book your appointment and be treated with the best acupuncture for stress in Irvine. If you have more questions, claim a free consultation by calling: (949) 229-7498
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