Yes, our acupuncture clinic can support your anxiety treatment Brisbane
Whether you’ve been diagnosed with anxiety or you’re just feeling a little anxious, know that acupuncture, as practised by our registered acupuncturists at Soothe Holland Park, can offer you a supportive anxiety treatment Brisbane.
Recent research is confirming something that acupuncturists have known for centuries: acupuncture can offer moderate benefits in treating anxiety.
A 2016 systemic review of research studies involving more than 400 people concluded that ‘the effects from acupuncture for treating anxiety have been shown to be significant as compared to conventional treatments’.
In the largest of these studies, acupuncture was shown to have a big impact on reducing anxiety compared to conventional treatment involving pharmaceuticals and psychotherapy.
In fact, acupuncture was shown to deliver twice the reduction in symptoms.
(Source: 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.)
In 2018, a more recent systemic review of 13 research trials ‘reported an anxiety decrease for their treatment group [acupuncture] relative to the control groups’, three of which used pharmaceuticals as a control.
(Source: 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)
Our Brisbane acupuncturists follow the acupuncture protocols identify by research trials to offer support.
How does acupuncture for anxiety work?
The ways that acupuncture for anxiety works is unclear.
Studies have shown that acupuncture affects the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). These regulate homeostasis in the body.
So if the heart rate is elevating, the SNS and PNS kick in to reduce blood pressure and slow the heart rate.
Also, acupuncture has been shown to improve heart rate variability (HRV). A higher HRV has been linked to better health, including mental health and anxiety.
Finally, acupuncture has been demonstrated to calm the production of neurochemicals released by the hypothalamus in response to stress, and to release endorphins – the body’s own feel-good hormones.
(Sources: Abboud FM, Harwani SC, Chapleau MW. Autonomic neural regulation of the immune system: implications for hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Hypertension. 2012;59:755-62; Guo ZL, Longhurst JC. Expression of c-Fos in arcuate nucleus induced by electroacupuncture: relations to neurons containing opioids and glutamate. Brain Research. 2007;1166:65–76; and Ribeiro SC, Kennedy SE, Smith YR, Stohler CS, Zubieta JK. Interface of physical and emotional stress regulation through the endogenous opioid system and m-opioid receptors. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry. 2005;1264-1280.)
Brisbane anxiety support groups
Beyond Blue has developed a comprehensive list of Australian including Brisbane anxiety support groups that can help you.
See www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/national-help-lines-and-websites for the list.
There are a number of things you can do to help manage anxiety.
We’ve found the anxiety advice provided by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America resonates with most of our clients.
It’s a good idea to accept that sometimes, you can’t control everything.
Try to do your best.
Have a positive outlook.
Identify what might trigger your anxiety.
Reduce your caffeine and alcohol consumption.
Eat healthy and balanced meals.
Sleep at least eight hours each night.
Exercise every day.
Count to 10, slowly.
Give a little back to your community.
Take time out from your busy schedule.
Talk to a friend or colleague.
See https://adaa.org/tips-manage-anxiety-and-stress to read more.