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How Acupuncture Can Help Treat Anxiety

One of the most mental illnesses worldwide is anxiety. Millions of people every year have difficulty managing stress and if left untreated can lead to a number of symptoms including:

- Irregular heartbeat
- Negative thought processes which can induce depression and suicidal thoughts
- Aggression and restlessness
- Panic attacks
- Insomnia

The severity of stress cannot be understated. Many people are under the impression stress can be managed without help and though this may be true for some people it is not the case for everyone. When someone is dealing with high levels of stress due to long-term unemployment, marital problems, financial difficulty and substance abuse the tidal wave of stress can cause people to break down physically and mentally.

It's no secret that when we experience stress we tend to tighten up. Our fists clench, we gnash our teeth and experience cramps in our muscles. This constricting is not healthy but it is the way our bodies react to stressful situations. Since the only medical treatment for stress is medication, many people turn to the practice of acupuncture to help relieve the symptoms.

Acupuncture treatment involves the gentle insertion of very fine needles along meridian points on the human body. Acupuncturists believe that ill health, including anxiety, is the result of an imbalance of energy in the body and that in order to restore normal conditions it is necessary to unclog these blockages. By using acupuncture needles a stimulus is caused that makes the body react, often by releasing chemicals in the brain the help ease feelings of stress and anxiety.

If you are suffering from overwhelming stress, the kind that affects your performance at work and interferes with your social life, contact Acupuncture Associates today.

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