Unlike Western medicine, Traditional Chinese medicine treats anxiety as part of a pattern with emotional, mental and physical symptoms. Some common symptoms would be fatigue, constipation and confusion as well as panic attacks. Other symptoms may occur as each individual will experience their anxiety in their own way.
Acupuncture will treat physical, mental and emotional symptoms at the same time for proper healing.
Acupuncture helps soothe the emotions and strengthen the coping mechanisms so that situations that would normally be extremely challenging are less so. It is important to have a course of treatments and if required maintenance treatments as an ongoing management tool. If there is an ongoing issue in your life causing you anxiety you must effect change.
There are several things I recommend people do at home.
1. Switch to a plant based diet. Meat and animal products obstruct the bowels. It is a lot easier to deal with plants during times of stress. Keeping your bowels clear is essential to being able to move forward in your mind and emotions. Physical obstruction will lead to mental and emotional obstruction.
2. Avoid stimulants and depressants. When fatigued people will turn to sugar, caffeine or nicotine to perk them up. These substances irritate the body and soon you will slump again. They do not give you energy.
When stressed many people will have a glass of wine in the evening or a pain killer to help them cope with their day. These substances only detach the body, mind and spirit from reality and your problems are still there.
Instead of using substances to perk you up or wind you down try yoga and Qi Gong or Tai Chi. I find them to be very powerful and essential in dealing with stress and tiredness.
3. Write out your thoughts. Keeping a journal is often recommended to help people deal with their problems and to help them relax.
I choose to write Morning Pages. The morning pages concept is detailed in The Artist's Way book by Julia Cameron. In the morning I write three A4 pages of stream of consciousness writing. Morning pages should not be planned, it must be whatever is at the top of your mind you put down, even if it is just your shopping list. In this way you get rid of all those thoughts that are stopping you from progressing in your day.
I have found it to be an invaluable tool and will continue doing this for the rest of my life.
4. Get plenty of fresh air. It is essential to go for walks or a run in the fresh air every day if possible. Breathing deep gives you energy and relieves your mind. In Traditional Chinese medicine the heart and the lungs work closely together in dealing with emotion and energy.
5. Understand stress. Stress builds up in the body. Once the stressful situation is over the stress must be deliberately released from the body using meditation, yoga, exercise or qi gong (or some other form of movement and breathing). It will stay there otherwise and cause you health problems, commonly, difficulty in sleeping and digestion issues.
I hope these suggestions help you cope with your stress and anxiety.
Best wishes in health,