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Anxiety Management & Acupuncture

by Cynthia Cates, L.Ac.

The holiday season is upon us – and regardless of how you are celebrating this year, it is challenging to get through this time of year without some anxiety. For chronic sufferers, the events surrounding the holiday season can add fuel to an already overwhelming fire. The general stress of things to do, social situations, or even the lack thereof with existing social distancing restrictions.

Acupuncture & Anxiety Treatment

Acupuncture is a widely-used method of treating anxiety disorders and depression in both Chinese and western cultures. Clinical research studies have shown acupuncture to be a valid treatment of anxiety without significant adverse effects, making it an attractive option for many patients.

What Should I Expect from an Acupuncture Treatment?

The prospect of visiting an acupuncturist may seem intimidating – but it doesn’t have to be. You want to be sure to choose a licensed acupuncturist. At your first appointment, you’ll discuss your symptoms, medical history, and any health concerns you may have. During your session, your acupuncturist will insert sterile, hair-thin needles into different pressure points on your body. The treatments are not painful, in fact many patients become so relaxed that they fall asleep.

Most sessions last between 60 to 90 minutes, including the health history and any questions you may have of your acupuncturist. Most patients are not able to see immediate lasting results, but may need up to six to fifteen sessions – particularly for chronic sufferers. Usually, patients start to feel relief after the first few sessions. Side effects are typically mild and mainly include occasional bruising.

The key for a successful treatment plan is to find a trained and licensed acupuncturist. In Idaho, you should look for a practitioner who is certified by NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine). In addition, training for acupuncture requires four to five years in a Master’s degree program (MSTCM). Finding the right practitioner is vital to a positive experience with acupuncture.

Who is a Good Candidate for Acupuncture?

At Green Tea Acupuncture, you can expect expertise in a variety of techniques and styles to address your health concerns. In addition to anxiety and stress relief, acupuncture is an effective treatment for respiratory and gastrointestinal disorders, emotional imbalances, infertility, menopause, and more. Every person is different, and an individual treatment plan is needed to create the most effective approach to your unique needs.

The best way to learn more about acupuncture is to try a session!  

You can also schedule a free phone consultation to go over any questions, concerns and to determine if acupuncture is an appropriate treatment for the health issue in question.

COVID-19 Update: We are still taking patients. If you are feeling unwell or showing symptoms of COVID, we ask that you stay home.