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Why So Many People Have Anxiety

Why So Many People Have Anxiety

Anxiety affects around 2 million Australians at any one time. 1 in 4 people will have an anxiety disorder at some stage of their lives with women having a higher incidence of 1 in 3*.  According to Google Trends, online searches on anxiety have increased 700% in the last ten years and online searches on anxiety medications have increased by over 250% over the same period.

So What’s Going On?

Why has anxiety become a modern-day health epidemic in Australia?

Western medicine does not attribute anxiety to any particular cause and talks about a range of factors including genetics and situational and environment factors increasing one’s risk of developing anxiety.

However, in Chinese medicine terms anxiety is due to weak heart function.

Anxiety Cause: a Weak Heart Function

Chinese medicine looks at organ function differently to Western medicine. The Western medicine view of heart health revolves around blockages, blood pressure, arrhythmias, valve problems and the like.  Chinese medicine looks at these things as well as strength and efficiency of the pump and the vessels within and leading into and out of the heart. In total we refer to this as your ‘heart function’.

If your heart function is weak you will have any of anxiety, chronic tiredness, memory and concentration problems and sleep problems – or, as is often the case, all of these.

In many cases weak heart function is due to inefficient blood flow within your heart and comes down to blood vessels being smaller and more restricted than they should be. A weak heart is not saying that you will have a heart attack tomorrow.  It is simply that your pump (heart) is weaker than it should be and your blood flow isn’t good enough – particularly to your head (just think about how a weak pump will have trouble pumping uphill (ie. to your head).

Why Have So Many People Got Weak Hearts?

Modern life and work stress is the main problem.  We are constantly stressed and in fight-or-flight mode all of the time.  Our adrenals are maxed out and our livers are shot – and both of these directly affect our heart. Whilst we can’t change the world we live in, we can directly improve our heart function to better cope.  The other cause is poor diet that doesn’t provide the right nutrition for the heart.


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