Anxiety is one of the most common mental illnesses in the world, affecting most people at some point or another in life. For many, the symptoms are mild and can include butterflies in the stomach and a fluttering heartbeat. For others, anxiety symptoms can be more serious, leading to irritable behavior, heart palpitations, and panic attacks.
Treatment for anxiety disorders generally includes a combination of therapy and medication. However, anxiety medications can have undesirable side effects, and seeing tangible results from therapy can take months. Dr. Gary Danchak of South Reno Acupuncture in Reno, NV, uses acupuncture as a treatment option for patients with anxiety.
Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that aims to balance the Qi, or flow of energy through the body. The body and mind are seen as one unit that interacts; your thoughts and emotions affect the physiological state of your body and vice versa. The traditional five elements—fire, water, wood, earth, and metal—are present in your body through your emotions, and when these elements are out of balance, it can cause mental and physical illnesses.
Holistic medicine uses acupuncture and natural herbal remedies to redirect energy, balance the Qi, and improve many of the symptoms of anxiety. In traditional Chinese medicine, anxiety is considered to be the result of an imbalance between the fire element in the heart and the water element in the kidneys.
Too much heat in the heart that cannot be contained by the kidneys’ water rises up to the brain and causes anxiety. During acupuncture, needles are placed around nerves near the heart, kidney, spleen, and ear to help stimulate the release of calming chemicals into the nervous system.
In various studies, acupuncture has been shown to reduce the symptoms of anxiety in as little as one 20 minute session. Using the practice regularly can be as effective as cognitive therapy for treating anxiety, and side effects are rare, including some mild bruising and dizziness directly following the session.
If you are in the Reno area and would like to schedule an acupuncture session with Dr. Danchak, call (775) 849-9800. To learn more about other treatments including fertility acupuncture and acupuncture for pain relief, visit the South Reno Acupuncture website.