Over a couple of years, acupuncture is used in many hospitals, and the fallouts have been overwhelming. It is an alternative of medicine made up of fine needles inserted at specific points in the skin. Improved energy produced by acupuncture is well known to stimulate the body’s natural healing ability. Anxiety, on the other hand, is the excessive and intense worry and fear of everyday situations. Anxiety makes one feel tense, nervous, and unable to relax, fear the worst, and have a sense of dismay. Anxiety can have many effects on people and pose risks to their health, and thus, a necessary medication is sorted, and acupuncture wins in this (Allan, Peckham, and Liu et al., 2018). Acupuncture is said to help anxiety because the biochemical that acupuncture points release takes part in stimulating the body’s natural healing ability and promoting a person’s emotional and physical wellbeing of a person. Therefore, acupuncture can be used in the treatment and management of anxiety, and thus, patients should opt for it as it is a safe and viable option.
To begin with, acupuncture stimulating natural agent of a hormone known as feel-good hormone, which are significant in the brain’s reward system as they are associated with pleasant ambiences, motor coordination functions, memory, and learning. The feel-good hormones serotonin, endorphins, oxytocin, and dopamine promote positive happiness, pleasure, and love. Some people would ask, “Are feel-good hormones important in health, and is there any need for their regulation?”. The truth is that happy hormones are very important in the general functioning of the body and therefore, their regulation is even more significant in reducing stress and worries. According to Jia, Han, and Zhang et al. (2020), regulation of feel-good hormones is important in that anxiety would be caused by bad moods which are elevated by the happy hormones. Therefore, acupunctures’ role in regulating the body’s feel-good hormones is essential in managing anxiety.
In addition, acupuncture has been associated with reducing stress hormones and regulating HPA activity by improving the enactment of adrenocorticotropic hormone and monitoring cortisol excretion. Acupuncture decreases the activation of stress and stress response indicators, hence improving a patient’s experience with anxiety (Tu, Jiang, and Lia et al., 2020). The points of acupuncture reduce stress and reverse the effects of stress in patients’ thus managing anxiety. Insomnia is common in people with fear, and acupuncture has been discovered to control cortisol levels that increase pressure. It is said that acupuncture cannot obliterate stress. However, it works best in maintaining and changing how a body responds to stress by stimulating the production of cortisol.
Furthermore, acupuncture has been mentioned to help manage anxiety by alleviating the symptoms of depression and anxiety. Stress can cause brain damage, insomnia, social isolation, chronic pains and headache, bowel problems, and poor quality of life. All these problems can be dealt with if acupuncture is initiated. Acupuncture is very effective in balancing the nervous system and hence, all symptoms associated with anxiety. A question that may arise is whether anxiety can lead to back pains. It is important to note that fear causes inactivity, muscle tension, and changes in posture, and all these can lead to back pains. For Yuan and Wang (2019), opting for over counter medicines to deal with the pain is long term, and hence, people need to stop the pain, which is the point where acupuncture gets its way in the management of anxiety, hence back pains. Another question that people with back pains ask is, “Can acupuncture effectively help in reducing back pain, and is it safe?” The answer to this is that acupuncture is the most effective and secure way to reduce back pains. It is a successful therapy for chronic back pains, which are symptoms of anxiety.
Finally, the ANS is answerable in the flight, fight, restoration, and rest of the body and consists of two branches that need to balance their functions of eliminating anxiety. Acupuncture helps manage stress by regulating the nervous system by bringing the branches of the autonomic nervous system back into balance (Almond and Gloria et al., 2019). Life is good when the two components of ANS, the sympathetic and parasympathetic branches, work in harmony as they are not in balance; they trigger anxiety. Acupuncture is to regulate these two branches, thus reducing the probability of becoming anxious and suffering from symptoms and problems associated with anxiety.
To conclude, anxiety has posed many health risks chronic pains, life problems like isolation, behavioural problems like irritability, cognitive problems to people, and a need to control or eliminate it. Therefore, a need to manage anxiety to elude all these problems, and with acupuncture, there have been promising results. It has been discovered that acupuncture helps manage anxiety by lessening the symptoms of despair and anxiety, stimulating the body’s natural feel-good hormones that are significant in the brain’s recompense system, and reducing the level of stress hormones. With the central function of acupuncture stimulating the body’s natural curative capabilities and promoting bodily and emotional wellbeing, people with anxiety need to seek this medication action for better results.
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