Anxiety is a natural reaction to stress.
Anxiety has a cognitive element (worry) and a physiological response (stress). Anxiety in many ways is a response to a false alarm.
There’s an important distinction between feeling anxious and having an anxiety disorder. The way we separate those has to do with the level of persistence, severity, distress, and whether it’s impacting day-to-day function. Anxiety is not necessarily pathological or dangerous, but if your anxiety is interfering with your concentration, ability to focus or sleep, or if you have worry for more days than not for at least six months, that points to a anxiety disorder.
Anxiety disorders constitute the largest group of mental disorders in most western societies and are a leading cause of disability. New evidence shows that anxiety disorders are becoming a global problem, and that their prevalence is also increasing rapidly in developing countries. Anxiety disorder has become the most common mental disorder with a lifetime prevalence of 7.6% in China. Individuals with anxiety disorder manifest both physical and mental symptoms, which may be chronic, and result in decreased ability, heavy economic burden, and poor quality of life.
Although the selective 5-HT reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) are the first-line treatment choice for anxiety disorder, the clinical methods used in the treatment of anxiety disorder are still insufficient, and at least one-third of the patients still have poor treatment response. More patients prefer complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) such as relaxation techniques, nutritional supplements, massage, and acupuncture, because of side effects of medication. Acupuncture is now commonly recognized as an effective CAM therapy, has been widely used to treat mental disorders, and has proven to have good tolerance and fewer side effects.
A number of studies have shown that acupuncture has a positive effect on anxiety disorder, and found that acupuncture is an effective method with fewer side effects [Reference 1-8]. More details, please check.
Acupuncture is also effective for many anxiety signs and symptoms, such as restless, sweating, fatigue, trembling, TMJ, insomnia, infertility, etc. Our acupuncture clinic for anxiety will give you the best service.