There are a lot of people in Melbourne with anxiety. It seems to be a modern-day affliction, which I fundamentally put down to the incredible stress everyone is under.
Some people get anxious because of the stress of particular situations such as crowds, exams or work pressures. Feeling a little anxious in certain situations is natural, but it you keep anxiety to the point where it affects your ability to function or enjoy life, then your anxiety is getting the better of you and you need to do something about it.
Some people have generalised anxiety where they can feel anxious at any time or even all of the time. Excessive worry, the feelings of ‘butterflies’ or tension in your gut, nervousness to the point where you feel sick, not being able to face the day, excessive tiredness, dizzy at times and starting to look worn and really tired are all symptoms you may experience. This form of generalised anxiety can be debilitating and is hard to get rid of without help.
Why Do So Many People Have Anxiety?
From a Chinese medicine perspective the causes are clear:
- Too much stress – stress has a significant negative impact on your liver. Put simply, your liver tightens up and so does everything else including your neck and shoulders and your blood vessels too (these are made of smooth muscle which can contract and dilate). When your blood vessels tighten up it affects your blood flow, especially the blood flow to both your liver and your heart. Poor liver and heart function are the main causes of anxiety.
- Poor eating habits and food quality – eating quickly, not chewing well, eating while watching tv and talking too much when eating all affect how well our body’s process and digest food. Also our choice of food (highly processed, fried, etc…) and poor food quality (food is not as nutritious as it used to be due to poor soil quality, pollution, chemicals, etc…) reduces how much nutritional value we get out of food. Add to this the fact that many people have digestive issues and it’s easy to see why so many people are actually malnourished. Malnourishment affects blood quality and quantity, which directly affects organ health – including the liver and heart.
Acupuncture for Anxiety in Melbourne
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs improve both your digestion and the function of your liver and heart directly. By returning the correct function of these organs to normal, we help you achieve a natural, long-term relief to your anxiety symptoms. Acupuncture Melbourne also facilitates the release of endorphins, which is the feel-good hormone. Specific Chinese herbs also act as strong natural calming agents and sedatives to help alleviate feelings of anxiety in the short-term while we work at addressing the root cause of your anxiety.
If you are on anti-depressants to control your anxiety, these medications only mask the symptoms and do nothing to address the root cause. If you don’t address the root cause of anxiety, you may have to take these medications for life. If you have milder anxiety, you should be able to get off these medications soon with acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatment. If you have more severe anxiety it is usually a good idea to stay on your medication while we work at addressing the root cause of your anxiety.
If you are suffering from anxiety, come in for an acupuncture treatment to see how good you can really feel.