Acupuncture for Anxiety:
A recent article on the effects and mechanism of acupuncture for anxiety describing both the modern and some traditional aspects of how the medicine can help. Acupuncture has been used to treat and manage mild to severe emotional and psychological issues since it's inception in the Western Han Dynasty of 206BCE. If we look back to the classical era of acupuncture we will see the focus of many treatments taking into account both the physical and emotional context of the patient. This is an important component of classical medicine, the differentiation between what may occur physically and what may occur mentally was not as clear cut or separated as what we might see in the modern paradigm of today. Often "emotions" and pathological presentations in tissue regions would be part of the same pattern presentation. In this manner acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are incredibly well suited to the treatment and management of mental illness both severe (such as psychosis, diankuang - likened to bipolar syndromes, and mania) and mild (anxiety, depression, insomnia, and stress disorders).
It is important, however, that modern psychological interventions are respected and utilised in the treatment and management of the more severe presentations. Often the combination of modalities produces the greatest results.
For the article please see: http://www.everydayhealth.com/news/why-acupuncture-works-anxiety-relief/?xid=fb_EH_sf
In Good Health,
David White Classical Acupuncture