Anxiety Acupuncture in Downtown Toronto
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Acupuncture has been reported to be a natural and drug-free way to treat anxiety. Those who suffer from severe anxiety know that managing it can be difficult, and that the treatment plan often includes therapy and anxiety medication. In fact, some research has reported that acupuncture gets faster results than medication therapy – simply because acupuncture directly address the problem right away. Sometimes, for the sake of effectiveness, acupuncture is used in conjunction with therapy/medical treatment.
How often do you get acupuncture for anxiety?
The duration and length of treatment will vary on the individual, and how severe their anxiety is. However, one thing remains common among all courses of treatment – consistency is key. In order to have acupuncture treat anxiety effectively, there must be a regularity in appointments. Typically, sessions can last from 30 minutes to an hour over a course of several weeks or even months.
Usually, there are no side effects reported after a session, aside from perhaps minimal soreness. However, the treatments are usually painless and have minimal discomfort.
Acupuncture can provide three benefits for those who live with anxiety:
- It provides immediate gratification (people report feeling calmer after one session).
- It reduces reinforcement of strong medications.
It also simultaneously deals with other issues since its primary purpose is to re-balance the body.
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How does acupuncture (Traditional Chinese Medicine) help treat anxiety?
According to Ancient Chinese medicine, there is an energy force called Qi (sometimes referred to as metabolic function) that regulates the overall health of the body. Qi moves throughout the body in pathways called meridians. Many factors such as injury, poor nutrition, stress and more can disrupt the flow of Qi and cause health issues. Acupuncture involves putting needles in specific points of the body, which aims to help restore the flow of Qi.
Sometimes, an unprecedented change in environment can set off anxiety and acupuncture will help bring your body’s chemical balances back in order by slowing down the production of stress hormones and easing the anxiety.
There are different types of anxiety (such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder). Each type of anxiety reflects imbalances in different organs. For some it might be the liver, for others, it might be the spleen.
Acupuncturists will insert needles close to nerves in the body, and depending on the location of the needles, it can cause the nervous system to produce chemicals that induces the body’s natural ability to heal itself, or maybe stimulate the part of the brain that helps control emotion…which includes anxiety.
In conclusion, acupuncture is an effective and low risk treatment for treating anxiety.
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