Acupuncture Treatment for Anxiety

Acupuncture can be used to treat anxiety safely and effectively and without dangerous side effects in our Houston Acupuncture Clinic. Quite frequently psychiatrists and psychotherapists refer patients to the Acupuncture and Nutrition Clinic in Houston, Texas. Since acupuncture works to unblock energy, physically, spiritually and emotionally, many health professionals find their patients are better able to look within and address their issues with less resistance.

Millions of individuals suffer from depression and anxiety, and most of those who seek treatment do so through modern medical channels, such as pharmaceutical treatments and psychotherapy. Although these types of treatment can certainly be effective, chemical drugs can be harmful and sometimes only provide temporary relief with many unwanted side effects. Visit our acupuncturists at our Houston Clinic, and learn how acupuncture can help relieve stress, anxiety and sometimes depression.

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Causes of Anxiety | Treatable with Acupuncture

According to traditional Chinese medicine, many forms of anxiety stem from deficiencies or stagnations of Qi (aka “chi” or simply “energy”) in different parts of the body. Various types of Qi issues, as well as their symptoms, are described below:

  • Lung Qi Deficiency – mood swings, sadness, feelings of grief, shortness of breath, profuse sweating, throat discomfort, cough, thin pulse and fatigue.
  • Kidney Qi Deficiency – feelings of dread and fear, knee and lower back weakness, lack of sexual libido, pale tongue, weak pulse, cold extremities, frequent urination.
  • Liver Qi Stagnation – tight pulse, digestive problems, fatigue, muscle tension, tightness and pain, weak appetite, mood swings, irritability.
  • Heart and Spleen Qi Deficiency – weak pulse, fatigue, insomnia, heart palpitations, constant worry, poor appetite.

Typical Body Points Used for Treating Anxiety with Acupuncture

Several different points on the body are targeted when treating anxiety. Some of these points include the following:

  • The kidney points, for treating shock and fear.
  • The liver points, for treating depression and anger.
  • The heart points, to treat an absence of joy.
  • The lung points, for treating unresolved grief.

Common points on the front of the body used to treat anxiety through acupuncture include locations on the head, stomach, lower legs and lower arms. Points in the ears are also used to balance neurotransmitters in the brain and create an overall sense of well-being.

These points are generally treated with hair-thin needles, allowing for a painless treatment session that can last between a half hour and an hour. Sometimes ear seeds or body tacks are applied, which can be safely used to continue treating your anxiety on an as-needed basis between your acupuncture treatments.

If you’d like more information on how Acupuncture can help with Anxiety, or to set up an appointment please contact us below. We are here to help!