Anxiety

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Treat with acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine

We have all been anxious at various times in our lives over countless occasions. It is quite a different story though, to be anxious constantly or intensely, to the point where it is debilitating. Conventional medicine terms this ‘anxiety disorder.’ While the extreme cases are obvious in its need for professional attention, it is the less extreme ones that are dismissed or overlooked. They are, however, no less crippling.

Anxiety that is not ‘pathological’ is essentially a low level stress that does not switch off. It is draining as the individual struggles to overcome or control it. It leaves the person tired, physically, emotionally, mentally. Over time, it can feel as if there is no light at the end of what appears to be a very long tunnel.

At the other end, intense anxiety can result in seizures and agoraphobia. The individual may require hospitalization at times, as the American actor and model, Colton Haynes, revealed recently in tweeting his lifelong battle with anxiety. There is no tunnel here. There is just a black box in which one is incarcerated.

If you come across someone who has this condition, do not be too quick to dismiss it as all-in-the-head as if it was something they decided to make up. Do not dismiss it as attention-seeking. Yes, it can be very trying on those wanting to care and support. Taking the easy route out with simplistic labels does not help and indeed, can be detrimental. Seek help. Those who suffer anxiety no matter the level or intensity, seek help. Friends and relatives who want to support the individual with anxiety condition, in as many ways as they can, seek help.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can contribute to taking the edge off the condition significantly. Chinese herbal medicine is a pharmacotherapy and acupuncture works on harmonizing the qi of the body. Both have yielded very good results.

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