Stress

Using Acupuncture for Stress and Anxiety Relief

Stress and anxiety affects all of us to varying degrees and in various ways. For some people, a quick workout or listening to music is all they need to overcome negative feelings. For others, though, it isn’t that simple. For those people who have been diagnosed with anxiety and depression, it’s something they live with every day; not just something that appears during a rough patch in their lives. Therefore the measures they need to manage their down periods are typically medication-based.

But what about acupuncture? Can the ancient Chinese treatment help someone suffering from anxiety and stress? Golden Health Acupuncture believes so, which is why we offer acupuncture for stress and depression in Melbourne. We recommend using acupuncture for anxiety in conjunction with medication and therapy (if required), as one shouldn’t be a substitute for the other.

How Does Acupuncture Work for Stress and Anxiety?

According to practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine, everyone has an energy force within them called Qi. A person’s Qi monitors their overall body health, moving through the entire body. When unforeseen incidents like illness or injury interrupt the natural Qi flow, further health issues arise. By placing acupuncture needles at specific points in the body, the body’s Qi balance is reinstated, as is the body’s overall health. In relation specifically to acupuncture for stress and anxiety, the insertion of the needles, often just half a millimetre away from a nerve, can inhibit the production of hormones that cause stress and depression.

Common acupuncture points for anxiety include:

  • Nei Guan/PC6
  • Union Valley/LI4
  • Shoulder Well/GB21
  • Central Treasury/LU1
  • Heavenly Pillar/BL10

Why Choose Acupuncture for Stress Relief?

One of the biggest benefits of acupuncture for anxiety is that it’s a drug-free treatment. Many people who suffer from anxiety or depression don’t always like to be on medication due to the side effects they present. The use of acupuncture for anxiety and depression, in conjunction with therapy and medication, might help them to find a balance that doesn’t require them to be as heavily medicated.

If you’d like further information on anything from Chinese medicine to acupuncture points for anxiety, make an appointment with Golden Health Acupuncture in Melbourne today.