Ease Your Worry and Anxiety
Anxiety, like any physical or emotional ailment, is seen as a disharmony of your body according to Chinese Medicine. All organs have connections to physical and emotional functions. Along with anxiety, other emotions and physical symptoms will show which organ systems are the underlying cause of disharmony.
Below are some general guidelines of symptoms that may appear when the organ system is out of balance:
Spleen: Worry, ruminating on a specific issue.
Other symptoms could include fatigue, digestive upset, muscle issues.
Heart: Feeling of mental restlessness, insomnia, depression. Other possible symptoms: palpitations & chest tightness.
Liver: Resentment, irritability, anger, depression, stress and tension. May have symptoms of headaches, neck and shoulder tension, dizziness, sleep disturbances.
Lung: Grief, sadness, inability to let go. Possible symptoms of dry cough, hoarse voice, shortness of breath, fall allergies.
Kidney: Fear, phobias, panic attacks. Possibly restless sleep, night sweats, ear problems.
Tips for self-care:
Diet therapy: In most cases the Heart system is involved regarding emotions. The taste associated with the heart is bitter. Try adding asparagus, celery, parsley, mustard greens, kale, quinoa, and chamomile in to your diet.
Increase B (avocado) and C (blueberries) vitamins, magnesium (almonds), and omega 3 fatty acids (salmon, walnuts).
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine Treatments for anxiety are not a one size fits all approach, rather they are based on an individual's specific experience.
CBD Both acupuncture and cannabis can regulate the endocannabinoid system and ease anxiety. Look for whole plant, full-spectrum phytocannabinoid rich (PCR) hemp CBD oil.
Why does acupuncture help?
Using a western framework, effects of acupuncture are sometimes explained through changes in the nervous system and brain biochemistry. Acupuncture assists in regulating neurotransmitters and hormones that help promote emotional well-being.
Endorphins: Acupuncture has shown to increase endorphin levels. Endorphins are a "feel good" chemical. Aside from decreasing the sensation of pain, endorphins increase feelings of euphoria and decrease responses to stress.
Serotonin: Low levels of serotonin can cause depression, anxiety, and panic. Studies have shown that acupuncture releases serotonin.
Cortisol, epinephrine (adrenaline), and norepinephrine: Stress and anxiety activate the sympathetic nervous system increasing stress hormones and sending us in to "fight or flight" mode. Conversely, acupuncture regulates these messengers, activating the parasympathetic nervous system and initiating a relaxation response.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can be used as a stand alone approach or in conjunction with your preferred treatment regimen.