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Acupuncture for Anxiety

anxiety-blog-2-edited-672x340In Chinese medicine, anxiety, like any strong emotion, interrupts the smooth flow of energy throughout the body.

According to Chinese medical theory, energy flows through our body through a network of ‘meridians’ almost like roads on a motorway system. Anxiety acts like a traffic jam, blocking the free flow of energy in the body. For example, many people who are very stressed out experience upper back, shoulder and neck pain. This is because stress is causing tension in those areas, blocking the free flow of energy, causing pain and tightness.

In a motorway system, when there is road construction, traffic may be also backed up on other secondary roads that feed into or out of the affected area. This is true in the body too. Stress may affect many other functions of the body, most notably digestion, the ability to sleep and blood pressure. It can also aggravate an already troublesome health condition and through acupuncture, these energy blockages can be addressed.

Acupuncture points serve as the on and off ramps to the energy motorway. As such it can help energy flow more smoothly, easing not only the symptoms of stress and anxiety, but the stress and anxiety itself. The calming nature of acupuncture also decreases heart rate, lessens irritability, lowers blood pressure and relaxes the muscles.

Good acupuncturists can also help patients to get better faster, then maintain their wellness and prevent future recurrences of the same issues by teaching them home care skills or how to create their own holistic health ‘toolbox’ so to speak.

This can be done by explaining the Chinese medicine theory behind how patterns of dis-harmony present for them in an understandable way and by teaching them how they can prevent these signs and symptoms arising again in the future. Prevention can be facilitated by, for example, teaching people about the Chinese medicine approach to diet and herbal teas, (utilising certain foods and teas which calm the mind and relax the body), acupressure, (techniques of pressing upon acupuncture points for relaxation) or deep breathing/ visualisation techniques.

To find out whether acupuncture could benefit you, get in touch with Anne Hughes today for a no-obligation chat at 087 624 9555 or enquire by email at the following:

Anne Hughes – Acupuncturist, Herbalist, Naturopath
The Dublin Holistic Centre, 28 South William Street, D.2 The Clontarf Holistic Centre, D.3

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