Many patients present with anxiety and this can present in a variety of ways.
There are positive research findings for treating chronic anxiety associated with post-traumatic stress disorder, substance misuse, eating disorders, insomnia) and various other conditions.
It is believed that acupuncture stimulates the nervous system and causes the release of neurochemical messenger molecules. The resulting biochemical changes influences the body’s homeostatic mechanisms, thereby promoting physical and emotional well-being. Research has shown that acupuncture treatment may specifically benefit anxiety disorders and symptoms of anxiety as it:
Acts on areas of the brain known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, promotes relaxation and deactivates the part of the brain responsible for anxiety and worry
Regulates levels of neurotransmitters and hormones, altering the brain's mood chemistry to help to counteract negative states
Stimulates the modulation of the autonomic nervous system. Stress activates the sympathetic nervous system, while acupuncture can activate the opposing parasympathetic nervous system, initiating the relaxation response
Reverses changes in levels of inflammatory cytokines associated with anxiety
Reverses stress-induced changes in behaviour and biochemistry.
Acupuncture can be safely combined with conventional treatments such as medication or therapy, possibly improving their effects and reducing side-effects.
Migraines: I have suffered from migraines for about 7 years. They come on suddenly and I just have to go to bed for 2 days when it happens. I was desperate for something to help and my friend suggested acupuncture as she had been to Natalie before. After a few weeks the migraines were less frequent and less severe. Now I haven't had a migraine for about a year.
Anxiety: Before I came to Natalie for acupuncture, I suffered with anxiety the whole of my adult life. It affected every part of my life, even to the point where I had to stop driving because of it. After a few sessions, I noticed I felt much less anxious and stressed...now I hardly notice it at all. It has changed my life.
Facial enhancement acupuncture: I came to Natalie for facial acupuncture as I had read great good things about it. I wanted to do something about the lines around my eyes and above my top lip but I didn't want to resort to surgery. The lines on my face have definitely improved and I am really pleased with the results. My friends keep telling me that I look really healthy!
Fertility: I am convinced that coming to Natalie for acupuncture helped us conceive. We had had 3 failed IVF cycles and then I started coming to Natalie for acupuncture and reflexology before my 4th attempt and that was the one that worked! It helped enormously with my stress levels during pregnancy too.