You practice a daily routine of stress management techniques.
You see a therapist twice a month for sessions.
You take prescribed meds to control your symptoms.
If these sound familiar, then you probably are no stranger to anxiety. Anxiety is one of the most common mental illnesses to plague the U.S. each year (around 18% of the population, 18 and older.) Some symptoms of anxiety can include:
- Excessive worry
- Trouble sleeping
- Feeling tired
As detailed above, common treatments for anxiety include medication, therapy, and, in worse cases, hospitalization. However, these treatments come with their own dose of negatives include nasty side effects, slow results, and lasting effects on the body.
However, there are other, more natural methods that can be used to treat anxiety symptoms –– like acupuncture. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine that targets specific points on the body, which are responsible for allowing a person’s energy force, or Qi, to run through the body.
So, how can acupuncture in Miami provide a holistic approach to anxiety?
How Does Acupuncture Help With Anxiety?
As we briefly explained earlier, acupuncture involves the process of inserting needles, half a millimeter away from the nerve, into certain points of the body. These points, called meridians, are responsible for channeling a person’s energy force, or Qi. This practice has a slew of benefits including:
- Allowing the body to heal itself.
- Making a person feel more balanced.
- Making the nervous system release pain-relieving chemicals.
- Treating illness.
- Helping the brain control emotions (like the ones caused by anxiety.)
There was even a study that was conducted back in 2013 found in the Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies where scientists found that students who underwent a 20 minute acupuncture session were found to have better memory and reduced anxiety afterwards than the students who didn’t.
While we have clearly outlined some amazing benefits of acupuncture in Miami on anxiety, we need to discuss possible risks.
The risks that stem from acupuncture sessions are minimal, but they are something to consider when trying it out for the first time. Depending on the patient, there can be minor pain, from the needles, bruising, and soreness after a session. However, there are some people who should not have acupuncture, including those with bleeding conditions or who have pacemakers.
What to Expect During Your Visit
Before we go into any particulars, do note a couple of things:
- Your health insurance may or may not cover acupuncture as a medical treatment.
- While some may have immediate results, acupuncture is meant to be a multiple session type treatment so it might take a few sessions to see any noticeable results.
With that said, a typical acupuncture session will consist of the acupuncturist in Miami asking you routine questions about your medical history, medications, and what symptoms you want to treat. Next, you will lay down on a table where the acupuncturist will insert thin needles into different points on your body. This process can take up to 30 minutes max and the needles are usually left in for about 20 minutes.
Truly Natural Anxiety Relief With Acupuncture
If you are looking for a natural, holistic approach to treating your anxiety disorder or simply to deal with a particularly stressful time in your life, then acupuncture in Miami is definitely something that you should look into. You don’t have to worry about side effects (like with meds) and, instead, you can give your body a chance to do what it does best –– which is healing itself and regulating that anxiety.
Our licensed acupuncturists have years of experience working with patients and provide a calming, effective acupuncture session that is sure to melt that stress away. Book your first session with us today!