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Is acupuncture good for anxiety?

Are you looking for ways to reduce your anxiety levels? If so, you may have heard of acupuncture, a traditional Chinese healing practice that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body.

While acupuncture is typically used as a form of pain relief, it can also be used to treat emotional issues such as stress and anxiety.

Let’s take a closer look at how acupuncture works and whether or not it can help ease your anxiety. 

How Does Acupuncture Work? 

Acupuncture is based on the belief that energy flows through channels in the body known as meridians. When these meridians become blocked, the flow of energy is disrupted, and this results in pain or illness.

The needles used in acupuncture are meant to unblock these meridians and restore the proper flow of energy. In addition to relieving physical pain, this process is believed to help balance emotions as well.  

Can Acupuncture Help with Anxiety? 

When it comes to treating emotional issues such as anxiety, there is no definitive answer as to whether or not acupuncture will be effective. However, many of our clients report feeling more relaxed after their acupuncture session, and some find that their symptoms improve over time.

Acupuncture has also been shown by research studies to reduce the symptoms of anxiety, such as tension headaches, insomnia, racing thoughts and restlessness. It does this by reducing the stress hormones in the body and promoting relaxation by increasing circulation and releasing endorphins (the body’s natural painkillers).

Additionally, acupuncture sessions are relatively brief (30 minutes) and typically occur once or twice a week over a period of several weeks or months, depending on the severity of symptoms. This makes it an attractive option for those who don’t want to take medications or engage in long-term talk therapy sessions that more traditional forms of treatment often require. 


Overall, while there is no guarantee that acupuncture will completely solve your anxiety symptoms, it may be worth exploring if you are looking for additional ways to reduce your stress levels.

Be sure to consult with an experienced acupuncturist so you can find out if this treatment option would be suitable for you and what kind of results you can expect from it. With regular sessions and proper care, you may find that acupuncture helps ease your anxious feelings and allow you to live a calmer life.

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