According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorders in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults and costing more than $42 billion a year.
Anxiety is used as a general term for several disorders that have common symptoms – such as nervousness, worrying, apprehension and fear.
Acupuncture is a “safe and effective” treatment for stress and mood disorders including depression and severe anxiety, in some cases providing to increase the effectiveness of medication-based treatments. Additionally a 2009 study, again in China, determined that acupuncture alone could help patients who suffer from anxiety but cannot be chemically treated due to intolerable side-effects of medications.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, this imbalance is called Shan You Si (“anxiety & preoccupation”), and is believed to affect the main organs: the Heart, Lung, Spleen, Liver, and Kidneys. Each organ is related to different aspects of a person’s emotions.
For instance, worry is said to affect the Spleen, grief affects the Lungs, anger the Liver, fear the Kidneys, and lack if joy the Heart. If a person experiences one or more of these emotions over a long period of time due to lifestyle, dietary, hereditary and environmental factors, it can cause an imbalanced emotional state and lead to various anxiety disorders.
The role of an acupuncturist is to investigate the underlying causes of the anxiety by carrying out a thorough diagnostic evaluation in order to determine which organ system has been affected and is out of balance. The acupuncturist will then seek to restore the imbalance by inserting fine, sterile needles into the points correlating to those organs. Additionally, acupuncture helps to reduce stress, ultimately encouraging and supporting a greater sense of well-being and balance.
Any treatment no matter how effective is only as good as correct diagnosis allows it to be. At the Aventura Center for Integrative Medicine we use a combination of traditional acupuncture diagnosis and modern techniques. Traditional diagnosis has been used by acupuncturists successfully for thousands of years and we continue to use these techniques to establish the most effective acupuncture treatments for our patients. Advances in technology allow us to use very sophisticated diagnostic methods to support the acupuncture diagnosis and to effectively use other integrative techniques.
For the patients with anxiety we use several lab tests to pin point exactly the origin of the problem. Among those tests are: tests for hormonal imbalance, a computerized analysis of blood chemistry and test for neurotransmitter (brain chemicals) status. We also use: computer imaging reflecting imbalances in the nervous system and acupuncture meridians and bioelectrical computer screening to select most effective nutritional supplements.
In case of stress our integrative approach to treatment includes acupuncture as one of the most effective treatments for emotional problems. With acupuncture we individually select the most effective herbal and homeopathic remedies to assist in treatment. Along with therapies, we individually select and use the most effective herbal and homeopathic remedies to assist in treatment. We also use safe and affective homeopathic injections. This reduces total amount of treatments needed and the total cost. This approach allows us quickly and effectively resolve stress and various types of anxiety including generalized anxiety, panic attacks, social anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder.
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