Can Acupuncture Help Treat Anxiety? Let’s Find Out!

Written by Nancy

A few months back a colleague recommended acupuncture for the debilitating pain I was feeling since a few days. You could have taken a pain-med! Yes, I could and I did… the end-result was always the same. A mysterious pain centred on my lower back but also present in my shoulders and neck.

People reading must be thinking, “Acupuncture isn’t a real medical treatment!” or “acupuncture is for hipsters who don’t believe in conventional Western medicine”.

People also believe this alternative treatment doesn’t work, but a growing body of research shows just how useful acupuncture is when dealing with chronic pain. Do you know what else this fantastic ancient Chinese treatment helps with? Reducing anxiety and stress!

Increasing Anxiety In Australia – Does Treatment With Acupuncture Help?

Over 25% or 2 million people are affected by a common mental condition known as anxiety. This is a condition that renders people absolutely useless in stressful situations, where flight or fight response is higher than normal.

Everyone experiences stress at one point or another during their life. How they respond and deal with anxiety is a different matter, no two responses being alike and the same.

However life becomes difficult when a person begins experiencing Generalized Anxiety Disorder or a near constant level of irrational stress triggered by unrelated external events.

People suffering from chronic anxiety often experience the following:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension
  • Restlessness
  • Cognitive difficulties

Typically, treatment for generalized anxiety disorder is Western medicine generally involves taking antidepressants and other similar treatments. A lot of side-effects are associated with such treatments.

Acupuncture – How Does It Work

Born from centuries of Chinese history and alternative medicine, this holistic health treatment is based on the ancient principle of Chi. Concept of Yin and Yang as well as elemental theory also plays an important role.

There are points in the body which can be moulded and manipulated with the help of correctly placed needles.

Traditionalists believe acupuncture helps balance Chi correctly throughout the body. What really happens is: Blood circulated is enhanced with provides oxygen to tension prone areas of the body.

Other reasons why acupuncture should be given a try by sufferers of stress and anxiety are:

  • Acupuncture results are immediate
  • Acupuncture reduces reinforcement
  • Acupuncture also helps with other issues

In the end, acupuncture addresses our body and mind side by side with emotions and spirit. The ultimate goal that we are after is to create harmony within ourselves as well as between ourselves and the world.

Do you or a loved one suffer from stress and anxiety? Introduce acupuncture and see for yourself how this alternative treatment really helps.

Book a treatment session at Brisbane Livewell Clinic and see the world turn.

About the author



I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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