Acupuncture for Anxiety, Stress and Depression – Dublin 2
“Thank you so much for all of your kindness and patience, and I really appreciated that you took so much time to genuinely listen to me and try and help me in every way. I felt so much more relaxed and at ease after the acupuncture. It definitely got me through a very difficult period.”
We can all feel at some point in our lives anxious, stressed or depressed. In a certain way, it is normal to feel these emotions because this is the way our body and mind reacts to a certain stimulus or event. For example, we can feel anxious about a challenging event because it awakes in us insecurity and fear; we can also feel stressed when we are under pressure and feel depressed after a tragic event. These emotions are normal and sometimes even helpful. However, sometimes these emotions can become a problem. When they start to affect our quality of life, the reaction of our mind and body becomes excessive and debilitating. They are no longer a casual emotion but a state of being.
Different types and symptoms of anxiety
The term “anxiety” is an umbrella term for different types of disorders:
- Generalised anxiety
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Post traumatic stress disorder
Anxiety can cause emotional symptoms such as worry, disturbed sleep, irritability and poor concentration. These emotional symptoms can have an effect on our mood. For example, we can see things in a very black and white manner or have a negative state of mind. It can also cause physical symptoms such as sweating, nausea, dry mouth, palpitation, shortness of breath, dizziness, cold hands, muscle tension and aches, trembling and twitching.
Stress, what is it?
The term “stress” is generally used when we feel overwhelmed by our surrounding environment, when we feel that we can’t cope anymore with the pressure placed on us.
Stress can have a physical effect on our body but it can also affect our thoughts and feelings and our behaviour.
Stress becomes negative on us when we feel constantly under pressure by too many demands and expectations.
Depression and its symptoms
Depression is a common illness that affect people of all ages, genders and backgrounds. In Ireland it affects more than 1 in 10 person at any one time and anybody can be affected at some point during their life.
Women are twice as likely to be affected mainly due to hormonal changes that happen at different stages in their life.
Depression can cause symptoms such as low mood, loss of interest in life, anxiety, irritability, low self esteem, disturbed sleep, poor appetite, tiredness, lack of motivation or concentration, suicidal thoughts.
In recent years, it has been proven that stress, anxiety, depression and other psychosocial factors are linked to heart disease. This runs in line with Chinese Medicine, which considers that the human soul resides in the heart.
How can acupuncture help with anxiety, stress and depression?
Research has shown that acupuncture stimulates the nervous system and causes the release of neurotransmitters. The effects are to promote physical and emotional well-being.
Here are some of the effects of acupuncture that research has validated:
- Acupuncture acts on areas of the brain known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress. It promotes relaxation and de-activation of the analytical brain.
- It regulates the levels of some neurotransmitters and hormones such as serotonin, noradrenaline and dopamine (feels good hormones).
- It stimulates the production of the body’s own opioids, endorphins.
- It reverses stress-induced changes in behaviour and biochemistry.
Acupuncture can also be beneficial to conditions that are related to anxiety, stress and depression such as back pain, headache, migraine, chronic pain, insomnia, IBS, menopause symptoms, pre-menstrual symptoms and urinary incontinence.
Combined with conventional treatments, acupuncture is safe and it reduces the side-effects of drugs. Under medical supervision, it can lead to a progressive reduction of medication.