In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Heart is considered the Emperor of emotions. A fair and balanced ruler will preside over a fair and balanced country. If you are experiencing anxiety, chances are your emperor is unbalanced.
Day-to-day, healthy individuals experience anxiety and stress. In those times, recovery is smooth and easy. Our normal lives resume with not much effort. If the Heart is unbalanced, though, anxiety can stay in the system and uncomfortable symptoms will manifest — persistent worry, insomnia, shortness of breath, restlessness, poor concentration, irritability, muscle tension, overreacting or being easily startled and even the feeling of a repetitive, intense perceptible heartbeat (also called “heart palpitations”). These symptoms can often creep up on us — feeling as if they come out of nowhere. Other’s report that they can associate their symptoms with certain triggers.
What causes the Heart to become unbalanced? To be sure, there are environmental components. If, for instance, your intake of caffeine, sugar, or foods with additives and preservatives is prolonged and excessive, that will effect your Heart. A sedentary life style (as well as an excessively active one) can also negatively impact the Heart. A shock to the system due to traumatic or emotional injury can also cause the Heart to become unbalanced. Simpler still is unresolved physical or emotional stress from career, family, relationship, finances or school. Some may call this the slow-burn cause of anxiety, depleting you moment by moment until you finally succumb to anxiety. Physically, there may be genetic precursors that run in the family. Hormonal imbalances are also important to consider. Certain drugs can cause emotional upset and anxiety as a side effect and it is important to bring that to the attention of your practitioner.
In Chinese Medicine, the Heart is home to emotions, intellect, memory, consciousness and spirit. An Acupuncturist will treat anxiety in two ways. First by venting off any excess emotional stress. Acupuncture is extremely effective in calming strong emotions by signaling pain and stress-reducing endorphins. Even after the very first treatment, patients report feeling more relaxed and calm. Second, an Acupuncturist will nourish any deficiencies your body (Heart or otherwise) may have. By prescribing herbal formulas, food based therapy, breathing techniques or even lifestyle changes, health will be restored and anxiety will dissipate.
Anxiety is an uncomfortable and unnecessary experience. Acupuncture can help address your symptoms and facilitate powerful shifts in your health.