(Courtesy of Morning Light Acupuncture) Anxiety has gone mainstream! Reports indicate that depression and anxiety rates have increased by 25% in the past year!
Anxiety should not be a surprise in our post-pandemic, economically labile, politically belligerent and openly antisemitic world. For those who can’t define anxiety, it is the feeling of worry, nervousness or unease. Feeling anxious is typically a symptom of a stressful event (e.g., a test, a job interview or a tax audit); however, anxiety becomes a problem when a person carries the feeling through the day for no specific reason.
The rise in the reporting in this area, especially among children, could be due to the uncertain nature of the world in which we live. Everything seems conditional: the economy will be fine if… gas prices will go down if… inflation will slow… So, many people are walking around with free-floating anxiety and don’t know where to put it or how to alleviate it.
Acupuncture to the rescue!
Acupuncture treatments are excellent for reducing, and even alleviating, anxiety and depression; not to mention the anxiety’s sidekick, insomnia. There are medical research articles about the efficacy of acupuncture in treating anxiety. (Reach out to me for links.)
FYI… Chinese medicine doesn’t treat “anxiety” per se. Acupuncturists treat the patterns that create the presentation we call anxiety. Spleen Qi deficiency shows up as worry; for instance, a person who is unable to sleep, jumpy and unable to focus. Liver Qi stagnation is that familiar irritation and quick-to- anger feeling. Heart and kidney not communicating can take the shape of restlessness, poor focus and insomnia.
These conditions mentioned above may have emotional causes, such as a relationship breakup or loss. The prolonged reaction to the situation creates a pattern. Acupuncture resets the nervous system to enhance feelings of relaxation and well-being.
Get on my (heated) table for your chill fix. My treatment room is your safe place with a heated table, warmed sheets and soothing music; no one can bother you and I accept what you tell me at face value, backed up by checking your pulse and tongue (of course).
Acupuncture treatments won’t solve what is producing anxiety — your job, heated politics or the high price of eggs — but it does give you a chance to get grounded, stop the noise and evaluate how you want to handle your current situation.
Morning Light Acupuncture
28 Millburn Ave., Suite #1
Springfield, New Jersey