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Anxiety Disorder and Acupuncture

Anyone Can Get an Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety disorders affect nearly 20% of people in the United States, making it the most common mental illness among Americans, and women are 60% more likely than men to develop an anxiety disorder in their lifetime. While it’s normal to feel stress or worry at times, an anxiety disorder is more serious because it interferes with daily activities, sometimes in a debilitating way. Untreated, severe cases can be crippling. Some people have to leave their job or become homebound.

There are pros and cons to all medications.

There are two broad categories of medication. Some, called benzodiazepines, treat anxiety in the moment to make a person feel better—like a Band-Aid. Others, called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), are taken regularly to decrease the frequency and intensity of anxiety.

The problem with benzodiazepines is that people can become tolerant, and if they have been on the medicine for a while and have to stop, they’ll go through withdrawal, so these shouldn’t be given to alcoholics or people with drug problems because they might have difficulty staying sober and are more likely to relapse. And adds that people will also often feel sedated, with slower reaction times.

With SSRIs, the main problems are some gastrointestinal upset and sexual side effects, including loss of interest, arousal, or ability to orgasm. And those side effects may worsen anxious to patients when it brings more worries to life.

How we can work it out with Acupuncture treatment?

Acupuncture works to alleviate stress by releasing natural pain-killing chemicals in the brain, called Endorphins. In addition, acupuncture improves blood circulation throughout the body, which oxygenates tissues and cycles out cortisol and other waste chemicals.

The calming nature of acupuncture also decreases heart rate, lowers blood pressure and relaxed the muscles.

Acupuncture is a nature, non-surgical, alternative approach to prevent and relieve Anxiety.

If you’re suffering Anxiety and stress that have been destroying your life, now is the time to start planning your journey with acupuncture. If you have questions or need help, don’t hesitate to contact us at or give us a call at (703)268-5558. As always, we are more than happy to help you.

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