Acupuncture: A Natural Approach to Alleviating Anxiety

Anxiety has become a common concern for many individuals in today’s fast-paced and stressful world. Various treatment options are available, ranging from therapy to medication, and some people seek holistic methods to manage their anxiety. Acupuncture is one such method that can promote relaxation, balance energy, and provide relief from various physical and mental conditions.

Before delving into how acupuncture can help with anxiety, it’s beneficial to have a basic understanding of the condition. Anxiety is a multifaceted disorder that can manifest in different ways. NHS states that anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe [1]. At certain times in life, anxiety is normal; however, if left untreated, it can affect the quality of life and overall well-being.

Acupuncture is an ancient healing method that originated in China and the Far East, involving the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body. These points are located along channels or meridians that carry the body’s vital energy, or Qi. When there is an imbalance or blockage of Qi in the body, it can lead to various physical or mental health issues.

Traditional Chinese Medicine views anxiety as an imbalance of energy within the body. Acupuncture aims to restore this balance, smooth the flow of energy, and promote a state of health and well-being.

Research has shown that acupuncture can activate the parasympathetic nervous system and change the biochemicals in the body that promote a sense of calmness and relaxation, which encourages a sense of well-being and reduces anxiety symptoms [2]. By addressing the underlying imbalances in the body’s energy system, acupuncture promotes relaxation, regulates neurotransmitters, and enhances overall well-being.


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[1] NHS: Overview – Generalised Anxiety Disorder in Adults. [Online] NHS. Available from [accessed 30/06/2023] [2] British Acupuncture Council: Fact Sheet – Anxiety. [Online] BAcC. Available from [accessed 30/06/2023]


Remember to seek professional guidance first

It is important to consult a qualified acupuncturist who can tailor the treatment to your specific needs. If you’re considering acupuncture as an anxiety management tool, be sure to discuss it with your healthcare provider to ensure it aligns with your overall treatment plan. With its potential benefits, acupuncture offers a unique pathway towards finding relief from anxiety and embracing a more balanced and harmonious life.

Our team are here to help. If you’d like to speak to our acupuncturist head to our online booking system to book a consultation with Nila Sari. We’ll then offer our advice and guidance as to what treatment options would best help resolve the problem at hand.


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