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Anxiety & PTSD

Acupuncture can help conditions such as depression, anxiety and stress.

Acupuncture is a great treatment for making things more normal within the body, very good at regulating activity, leveling out moods and improving sleep, which is an important part of recovery from mental illness.

Restoring sleep brings great benefits in and of itself because the nature of sleep and repairing and regenerating the body does while asleep and refreshing the cognitive functions.

Acupuncture as a Therapeutic Treatment for Anxiety



Excerpt: Acupuncture has also been shown to increase the release of endorphins, the body’s own ‘feel-good’ chemicals, which play an important role in the regulation of physical and emotional stress responses such as pain, heart rate, blood pressure and digestive function. All of these acupuncture mechanisms have a direct effect on reducing anxiety.

If you would like further information on how acupuncture helps anxiety, click the booklet, a free PDF version for sharing can be found on the Evidence Based Acupuncture website here:

How can Acupuncture help?

Anxiety can affect any of us, in different ways and at different times, whereas stress can come and go according to changes in the cause (e.g. work, relationship or money problems). Anxiety can persist; whether you know the cause or not. It can make you imagine that things in your life are worse than they really are, and can prevent you from confronting your fears – you might even think you’re going mad. However, it’s important to realise that anxiety is normal and is part of your body’s protective system.

Everyone has an internal alarm system that’s designed to protect you from danger. It enhances your alertness by giving you a boost of adrenaline. This increases your heart rate and the amount of oxygen going to your limbs. When you’re anxious, your sympathetic nervous system—the one that controls your “fight or flight” system—takes over, whereas your parasympathetic (“rest and digest” system) is stifled. This explains why your heart hammers in your chest and you can feel short of breath as anxiety takes hold in you.

Acupuncture treatment helps shift the body back into a relaxed state where the sympathetic system is more balanced and no longer dominating.

Acupuncture is one of the most used complementary methods in psychiatric care and can be interpreted in neuro-physiological terms. Acupuncture affects the autonomic nervous system, the release of several neurotransmitters and hormones, the HPA-axis and the limbic system (Fang et al., 2009) and it alters the balance of prefrontal cortex activity, resulting in relaxation and decreased anxiety (Sakatani, Kitagawa, Aoyama, & Sasaki, 2010). 

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Auricular Acupuncture

When treating anxiety, along with body acupuncture points I also incorporate points on the ear (auricular) This uncommon, but powerfully healing form of acupuncture balances mind and body, you may also leave with semi-permanent tiny seeds or ear studs which look like chic little pieces of jewelry, that are pressed into various parts of the ear. The effects are incredible, instant, and keep coming as you continue to wear the studs for a few days.

I was trained in Auricular acupuncture by Jim Chalmers, author of  Auriculotherapy, Ear Acupuncture, The Practitioner’s Guide. Jim has over 25 years clinical experience in Traditional Chinese Medicine specialising in Auriculotherapy and Acupuncture.

Ear acupuncture is used as a non-pharmacological complement in psychiatric and addiction care to reduce anxiety, depression and insomnia.

Auricular acupuncture regards the ear as a "microsystem" comprised of acupuncture points that coordinate to every part of the body. 

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