Acupuncture For Anxiety and Stress Northern Suburbs
Stress And Anxiety
Stress is a common complaint cited by acupuncture patients, with a variety of possible associated symptoms such as anxiety, feeling down or worried. . Some other conditions that are affected by stress include: back pain, chronic pain, depression, headache, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, menopausal symptoms, migraines, premenstrual syndrome and urinary incontinence (1).
The signs of stress can vary from one person to the next and may manifest physically as an illness, tiredness or lethargy, or as symptoms such as sore, tight muscles, dull skin, lank hair, or erratic sleep patterns. Mental stress can result in depression, mood swings, anger, frustration, confusion, paranoid behaviour, jealousy or withdrawal (1).
Acupuncture For Anxiety and Stress: The Research
Acupuncture for Anxiety: Research
The 2016 Integrative review included 400 participants and found that 'using acupuncture for the the treatment of anxiety to be significant as compared to conventional treatments' (2). One of the included studies which included 120 participants also found that acupuncture had twice the reduction in symptoms of anxiety and depression when compared to conventional interventions such as pharmacotherapy and psychology (3)
A recent 2018 analysis included 13 studies and it was reported that using acupuncture resulted in a decrease in symptoms when compared to the control (4).
Acupuncture for Stress and Trauma: Research
The US Veteran affairs review reported a potentially positive effect and a subsequent RCT released in 2015 reported that acupuncture plus usual care superior to usual care in the symptoms of PTSD severity, depression, pain and physical and mental functioning (10,11).
A Important Note About Acupuncture And Mental Health
It is important to remember that acupuncture should only be considered an adjunctive treatment to normal care. Although evidence may show a positive effect on some symptoms of anxiety and stress, it is important to also remember that in many of the studies this is in addition to usual care. At Coburg Chinese medicine we strongly discourage people ceasing medication or other treatment, without support and advice from their treating physicians.
Our Melbourne Acupuncture Clinic
When working with patients experiencing anxiety or stress, we begin by looking at everything going on with you and your body. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine look at the mind and body as a whole. At Coburg Chinese Medicine we will ask you questions about exactly how your depression, stress and/or anxiety affects you, then we will review other aspects of your health like your digestion, headaches, sleep quality, muscle pain and energy levels. At Coburg Chinese medicine we support an integrative and inclusive approach to mental health.
Based in Melbourne, the Coburg Clinic services people from Coburg and surrounding Northern suburbs such as Brunswick, Pascoe Vale, Preston, Fawkner, Thornbury, Northcote. If you wish to discuss how acupuncture can assist you call us on 03 9041 656
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1. NHS Choices, 2011. Stress Management [online]. Available: http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/stressmanagement/Pages/Stressmanagementhome.aspx
2. Goyata SL, Avelino CC, Santos SV, Souza Junior DI, Gurgel MD, Terra FS. Effects from acupuncture in treating anxiety: integrative review. Rev Bras Enferm. 2016 Jun;69(3):602-9.
3. Arvidsdotter, T., Marklund, B., & Taft, C. (2013). Effects of an integrative treatment, therapeutic acupuncture and conventional treatment in alleviating psychological distress in primary care patients–a pragmatic randomized controlled trial. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 13(1), 308. http://doi.org/10.1186/1472-6882-13-308
4. Amorim, D., Amado, J., Brito, I., Fiuza, S. M., Clinical, N. A. T. I., 2018. (n.d.). Acupuncture and electroacupuncture for anxiety disorders: A systematic review of the clinical research. Elsevier. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctcp.2018.01.008
6. Au DW, Tsang HW, Ling PP, Leung CH, Ip PK, Cheung WM. Effects of acupressure on anxiety: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Acupunct Med. 2015 Oct;33(5):353-9.