According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), anxiety affects approximately 40 million US adults every year. Since 2021, Statistic Canada reports that one in four Canadians experience depression, anxiety or Post Traumatic Stress Disorders , Anxiety, being the most common mental health issue. So, if you are struggling with anxiety, take a sigh of relief because you’re not alone and that it can be managed.
One of the popular and proven ways to deal with an anxiety disorder is Chinese medicine. Chinese herbal medicine, in combination with acupuncture, can provide you with the assistance and support you need to relieve the anxiety symptoms and improve your overall mental health and quality of life.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety disorders can be best described as a mental disorder characterized by persistent worries, fears, or distress that is out of proportion to the situation which may progressively worsen and disrupt one’s life if left untreated. Though the exact cause is still unknown, it is believed that anxiety may be triggered by a combination of multiple factors like irregular brain chemistry, trauma, health conditions, or life circumstance ( at work, at home, being a new mom, dealing with the pandemic, infertility or pregnancy loss to name a few).
Common symptoms include:
- Poor concentration
- Feeling nervous
- Rapid heart rate
Acupuncture- Chinese Medicine for Anxiety
Acupuncture is a part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Chinese medicine stems from Taoist thinking. When the body, mind, emotion and spirit are in balance and working as one, you have health and harmony. Physical and emotional problems are interconnected and may affect each other. For example, when you have chronic back pain, this may affect or trigger your emotions where you find yourself over- reactive, angry, sad, worried, fearful, or anxious.
Anxiety is viewed as a result of the Five Spirits disharmony. These are energies are associated with five Zhang organs:
The “Five Spirits” are:
- Shen – mind, connecting Spirit
- Yi – intellect, thought
- Po – corporeal Spirit
- Zhi – will
- Hun – non-corporeal Spirit
Each of the “Five Spirits” has an emotion associated with it:
- Shen – joy or sadness
- Yi – pensiveness or worry
- Po – grief
- Zhi – fear
- Hun – anger or frustration
These reside in”5 Zhang Organs” -ie. the energetics of the heart, spleen, lungs, kidneys, and liver respectively. The Qi energy ensures communication for all five energies.
At ALIVE, Mary Wong and her team of TCM experts and naturopathic medicine doctors first assess these energies to create a highly individualized treatment for each patient. It may involve a combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, dietary and lifestyle medicine. It approaches anxiety as the disorder of the Zang Organs’ emotional states – acupuncture is used to restore these imbalances by focusing on specific points along meridians (highways of energy/ qi). Fine sterile needles inserted help promote the healing process of the body to heal the symptoms naturally. Acupuncture is beneficial, safe, well-tolerated, and extensively researched. Many of our patients relax and fall asleep during their acupuncture sessions.
Acupuncture helps clear the physical, emotional, and energetic blocks associated with the organs, thereby resolving symptoms and helping patients manage their emotional and stressful states. To put it in another way, acupuncture stimulates the brain which regulates the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system, taking you out of the anxious “fight, flight, and freeze” mode to a calmer, more peaceful and relaxed state. So, what are you waiting for? Don’t let anxiety overcome your life and stop you from living it to the fullest. Book a consultation with our seasoned practitioner today. Let us help you manage anxiety and improve your overall quality of life. Schedule an appointment today.