Acupuncture for Anxiety and Depression
How Acupuncture Helps Anxiety?
Research shows that up to 30% of people worldwide suffer from anxiety. More than ever, we are being faced with a growing epidemic of fear and anxiety around the world. The good news is that acupuncture can help! Anxiety is often accompanied by physiological symptoms such as shortness of breath, heart palpitations, panic attacks, headaches, pain, and insomnia. Acupuncture works great at alleviating anxiety mainly because it is a medicine based on the mind/body connection.
There have been several high-quality systematic reviews that have shown acupuncture is an effective treatment for anxiety compared to conventional treatment and against pharmaceutical control groups. One of the main measures that are used to show the body’s ability to cope with stress is heart rate variability (HRV). A higher HRV is associated with better health outcomes in all areas. A healthy heart should be able to change its rate based on a fine-tuned response to the environment (Acupuncture as a Therapeutic, n.d.). Acupuncture has been shown to improve the body’s response to stress by improving HRV.
Benefits of Acupuncture For Anxiety in Costa Mesa
- Changes in neurotransmitters involved in emotional regulation such as serotonin.
- Modulation of the autonomic nervous system.
- Changes in immune function.
- Release of the body’s natural endorphins.
- Improvement in HRV.
How Acupuncture Helps Depression?
There have been numerous studies that have shown that acupuncture works to help reduce depression. Many studies have shown that acupuncture along with anti-depressants creates greater outcomes than anti-depressants on their own (Acupuncture For Depression, n.d.). The World Health Organization (WHO) has even recognized acupuncture as an effective treatment for depression. An article was written in Scientific American in 2014 talking about the benefits of acupuncture for depression.
Benefits of Acupuncture For Depression in Costa Mesa
- Releases the body’s natural endorphins
- Activates the body’s endogenous pain killers
- Works with the HPA axis to down-regulate stress hormones
- Has a protective effect against stress hormones
- Removes blockages and stagnation in the body that can lead to depression
If you’ve been suffering from anxiety and depression, now is the best time to make a change. The transformative effects of acupuncture can help restore you to the energetic, balanced, and happy person you worried you might never be again. With the compassionate, gentle care you’ll receive at Heart Centered Transformational Wellness, you’ll find just what you’re seeking.
Click or call 978-701-5125 today to schedule an acupuncture appointment, and let’s take the first step toward feeling good in your body, mind, and spirit together.
Acupuncture for Depression. (n.d.). Retrieved March 19, 2020, from http://www.medicalacupuncture.org/depression
Acupuncture as a Therapeutic Treatment for Anxiety. (n.d.). Retrieved March 19, 2020, from https://www.evidencebasedacupuncture.org/present-research/acupuncture-anxiety/