A for Acupuncture

I was trying to think of a series to dive into the many options for anxiety treatment and was inspired by a fellow blogger, Calm Wildness, to consider the ABC’s of coping with anxiety.

Let’s kick it off with acupuncture.

While I’ve never tried it, I’ve known many people who have received these treatments for a number of conditions and ailments. I was curious how it could potentially help with anxiety and/or anxiety symptoms.

What is it? Form of traditional Chinese medicine involving the insertion of very thin needles into strategic points on the body. Many people seek pain relief or overall wellness and positive energy, but there is some evidence that practitioners can also help reduce anxiety and manage stress.

How does it work? Acupuncture points make up pathways in the body that create energy flow, or Qi. A Johns Hopkins health page explains the effects on the body:

Acupuncture points are believed to stimulate the central nervous system. This, in turn, releases chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These biochemical changes may stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being.

Johns Hopkins Medicine

“Fun Facts”

  1. Acupuncture needles are considered a medical device and regulated by the FDA in the US.
  2. There are over 2000 acupuncture points recognized by practitioners.
  3. Cupping is a form of acupuncture.
Cupping, a form of acupuncture using suction rather than needles

Additional resources:

Medical benefits of acupuncture and how to get started: Mayo Clinic

Maintaining the benefits of acupuncture for anxiety: Henry Ford Center Blog

Review of clinical studies looking at acupuncture therapy for anxiety and depression: DC Integrative Health

I’d love to know what you think or if you’ve had acupuncture therapy for anxiety! Drop a comment below.

2 thoughts on “A for Acupuncture

  1. I’ve had acupuncture and have mixed feelings. It was truly great while the pins were in but after they were removed the sensations came back quickly. I never got to a point where it was a curative. good luck on your journey with it. Love the post. I found you from your interview with Pooja

    If you are interested, I wrote a humorous post about holistic medicine if you want to see it. mysidewaysview.com/2018/10/21/new-the-new-old-medical-miracle

    Fear not Laughter Is still With Us

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