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If you or a loved one suffers from severe anxiety in Las Vegas, it is natural to feel frustrated with current treatment methods. While therapy is a popular treatment for anxiety, studies show that it can be months before therapy produces any results, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Additionally, therapy treatments also include the use of medication to balance out brain chemistry, which many individuals are understandably hesitant to take. Studies show that acupuncture is an effective anxiety treatment that can produce results in just a few visits – much faster than therapy or medication.
Anxiety is one of the most common mental health conditions affecting millions in the United States. While it is natural to feel anxious from time to time, ongoing anxiety can have a crippling effect on your life. Anxiety impacts your physical, emotional and mental well-being. Physically, you may experience irregular heartbeat and panic attacks. From a behavioral standpoint, you may feel abnormally aggressive or restless. Emotionally, a deep fear can penetrate all your daily activities. Anxiety is a broad umbrella term for several different disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, social anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Acupuncture is a type of traditional Chinese medicine that evaluates and treats imbalances within the body’s energy pathways. Chinese medicine treatments seek to achieve balance between the five elements: water, wood, fire, earth and metal. Achieving balance between these elements allows the body’s energy force, the qi, to flow freely. Blockages in the qi can adversely affect organ health and also be manifest in mental health problems. Traditional Chinese medicine treats anxiety as an imbalance between the heart and kidneys. Too much heat in the heart causes an imbalance with the kidney, a water organ. Acupuncture on points connected to the heart, kidney, spleen and ear treat anxiety.
Contemporary scientific research has found that acupuncture to treat anxiety produces positive results in patients that are comparable to cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Research shows that acupuncture lowers stress hormones and increases endorphin levels, improving an individual’s overall sense of well-being. And while the concept of the “qi” may seem unscientific, in reality, research shows that the qi is just a metaphor for the body’s metabolic function and central nervous system. When acupuncture needles are inserted into the body, these needles stimulate the central nervous system to produce specific neurotransmitters and other painkilling chemicals that bring balance back to the body’s emotions. In essence, acupuncture achieves the same end result of medication, but without the need for drugs to alter brain chemistry.
You may be a good candidate for acupuncture treatments if you are struggling with anxiety and concerned about taking medication or frustrated that therapy has not produced the desired results. Our Las Vegas acupuncturist will explain how treatment works and what to expect.
To learn more about the benefits of acupuncture for anxiety treatment, contact Peter Lok Acupuncture in Las Vegas toady at 702-732-0178.