An anxious person is one who feels worried, uneasy, or overwhelmed. In Western medicine, there are quite a few different names for this emotional condition and all have parallels to each other.
The Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety are:
• A feeling of not being able to breathe properly
• Feeling overwhelmed
• Tightness in the chest
• Too much worrying
• Over thinking
Western Treatments for Anxiety
Western medical treatment for anxiety mainly involves the intake of anti-anxiety drugs to block the emotion signals from reaching the brain.
The problem with this approach is that the real cause of anxiety is left unaddressed, only the symptoms. So, once the sufferer stops taking the drugs, the symptoms will come back.
In my opinion, no treatment is more efficient and safer at treating the underlying reason for anxiety than acupuncture. Acupuncture addresses anxiety by targeting the three major organs of the body: the kidneys, spleen, and liver.
In Chinese medicine theory, the kidneys are associated with coolness and the element of water in our body. This coolness helps keep the heat of the body down and also relaxes the mind. The coolness becomes deficient when the kidneys are weak causing the heat to rise to the top of our body that affects the mind and heart resulting in anxiety.
The kidneys are also re connected to fear. So, any time we experience intense fear, it weakens the kidneys causing anxiety.
It becomes a bit more difficult to break down digested foods when we have a deficient spleen. As a result the undigested foods aren’t adequately absorbed and this reduces the body’s ability to produce new blood.
When we don’t have an adequate supply of blood in our body, our hearts start to feel tired and weak causing the body to wear down worn down making us susceptible to anxious feelings.
The flow of information, nutrients, and energy to all the cells of our body is regulated by the liver. This organ is also the first one to be affected by extreme emotions and stress as well as drug abuse and alcohol. When our liver becomes affected by stress, it tenses up like a muscle causing the disruption and stagnation of the flow of information, nutrients, and energy in the channels.
This stagnation means that our cells organs and cells are being deprived of the proper amount of nutrients and information in order to function well causing the body to fall out of balance. When we have stagnation an imbalance in our body, our body starts to experience anxiety.
People suffering from liver imbalances are usually emotionally wound up. They become extremely irritable and frustrated which they tend to internalize and this leads to stagnation and heat in the body resulting in anxiety.
Acupuncture anxiety treatment works by lessening the heat and stagnation of the patient giving the patent prompt symptomatic relief because the hormones, energy, and nutrients start flowing normally once more.
Acupressure points for Anxiety
When you know the correct acupuncture points to stimulate to help relieve anxiety, you can administer acupressure on yourself. One should note, however, that acupressure is definitely not a replacement for professional Chinese medicine diagnosis and acupuncture treatments that are customized based on the needs of the person.
One can use acupressure as complementary treatment to acupuncture treatments to help boost the benefits of the treatment.
Whenever you feel a bit anxious, apply finger pressure for two to three minutes on the following acupoints:
Sp 6 or Sanyinjiao point: Used to calm the mind, fortify blood and coolness, and reinforce stomach/spleen. Found three fingers above the inside ankle in the depression along the bone
Pc 6 or the Neiguan point: This point is found in-between two fingers above the wrist in between a couple of major tendons that becomes visible by flexing the wrist. It is used to calm the mind, clear the head, and treat pain, and stagnation.