Acupuncture for anxiety is a healthcare treatment widely practised across the UK and the world to alleviate symptoms of chronic anxiety. In 2013 there were over 8 million cases of anxiety disorder in the UK and in 2016 about 6 percent of all UK adults reported experiencing Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD).
Anxiety spans a wide range of conditions including work-related stress, panic disorder, OCD, PTSD, exam stress, agoraphobia and is identified when someone experiences excessive worry on most days and has difficulty controlling these feelings which can include restlessness and irritability.
Acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system and cause the release of neurochemical messenger molecules. The resulting biochemical changes influence the body’s homeostatic mechanisms, thus promoting physical and emotional well-being.
There are also preliminary positive findings for acupuncture for anxiety associated with post-traumatic stress disorder, substance misuse, eating disorders, hyperventilation, asthma, insomnia, post-stroke, musculo-skeletal pain and various other conditions where anxiety has been measured as a secondary rather than primary issue. Acupuncture for anxiety can be safely combined with conventional treatments such as medication or psycho-educational therapy, possibly enhancing their beneficial effects and reducing unwanted side-effects.