Acupuncture for Anxiety

Mixed anxiety and depression is the most common mental illness in the UK. Caused by stress, trauma or a by-product of another mental disorder, anxiety can be tough to crack. However, acupuncture can work wonders for anxiety problems. But does it actually work? Acupuncture That Works brings you a handy guide for acupuncture for anxiety.

How does acupuncture work for anxiety?

Acupuncture can help with relaxation
Acupuncture can help with relaxation

In Eastern medicine, the flow of Qi, or internal balance of energy, is crucial for good health. Qi is affected when you’re facing prolonged emotional and physical stresses. The Qi is disrupted and you become anxious. Acupuncture helps you to understand your own natural energy and make links between supposedly unconnected symptoms. We use the needles and sometimes moxibustion as part of treatment, but you may need to consider your diet, fitness levels and your general lifestyle. Traditional Chinese Medicine links anxiety to imbalances in the heart and the kidney. The needles are used on points around the heart, kidney, ears and spleen to treat anxiety. However, there are various types of Qi deficiencies with different symptoms as listed below:

  • Liver Qi Stagnation Affecting the Spleen

Unfocused mind, worried thoughts, palpitations, insomnia, low appetite, biting your tongue, weak pulse, moodiness, constipation or diarrhea, dry mouth.

  • Kidney Qi Deficiency

Feelings of fear and dread, weakness in the knees, decreased libido, cold hands/feet, weak pulse, feeling the need to urinate constantly, lower back weakness.

  • Heart/Spleen Qi Deficiency

Obsessive worry, palpitations, insomnia, low appetite, tense muscles, fatigue, low appetite, weak pulse

  • Lung Qi Deficiency

Mood swings, sadness, fatigue, profuse sweating, tongue with thin white coating, weak pulse, shortness of breath, feeling as if you have a lump in your throat.

General benefits of acupuncture for anxiety

  • Relieves stress
  • Boosts energy
  • Improves mood
  • Reduces sweating/palpitations
  • Immediate results
  • Regulates your digestive system


Acupuncture can be an immediate treatment for anxiety and provides relief straight away. After your first session you’ll feel more relaxed as soon as you walk out of the door. However, not every session will give you full, immediate relief. It’s highly advisable for those with long-term anxiety problems to attend a course of sessions to reap the benefits. It’s also important to combine acupuncture with other treatments.

To find out more and to book your first session please call us now on 0800 051 76 88

Acupuncture for everyone, including celebrities!

We all feel the strain of modern life and celebrities are no exception. Their expensive and excessive treatments seem a bit out of reach for us regular people, but many celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow have recently come out saying she turns to acupuncture to heal herself.

It’s unsurprising that this A list celeb has turned to alternative remedies to help her after her split with husband Chris Martin. Amongst goji berries with chrysanthemum flowers brewed into tea, acupuncture has become one of her latest remedies. After seeking the advice of an acupuncturist on her weekly blog the star explained how ‘One day, when being treated by an acupuncturist, a Spanish friend who was visiting me in London walked into the room and remarked that I looked like a bull who’d had a run in with the picadores (the dudes on horseback who stick the bull with many little knives to rile him up before the actual fight).

Acupuncture for fertility‘I assured her that although I was stuck with needles, I was faring far better than the bull would in the analogous scenario. In fact, those many little needles have helped me through many an ailment.’

Paltrow who is a devote vegan and partakes in plenty of yoga goes on to explain that traditional Eastern medicine has a different approach to Western medicine in that its more holistic. She says that ‘‘the root of the problem is addressed, as opposed to a symptom being attended to with prescription medication, only to return. Don’t get me wrong, I am thankful as hell for a round of antibiotics or surgery when necessary, but I have been helped tremendously by all of the practices that help the body heal itself. When implemented by a professional with experience, the benefits can work wonders.’

At Acupuncture That Works we are happy to help anyone with acupuncture, even if they are celebrities! To find out more please call us today on 0800 051 76 88

Quitting Smoking? Acupuncture could help you with cravings

Acupuncture has been shown to be to be a natural way to help control and reduce your cravings for nicotine if you are trying to stop smoking for good. Traditional Eastern medicines such as Acupuncture and Chinese herbs may not be as well acknowledged in western medicine as nicotine gum and patches but they offer equal relief. In the immediate phase of withdrawal you can suffer especially with cravings, irritability and fatigue but acupuncture can help relive these symptoms.

People use acupuncture to help when they are quitting smoking for a number of reasons. Some people can’t stand the alternatives such as patches and gum and see acupuncture as a more suitable alternative. Also, unlike medications, acupuncture has no side effects and can in fact help improve your mood and sleeping pattern.

Auricular Acupuncture
Auricular Acupuncture for addiction

When receiving acupuncture you will find that the ears will be targeted the most as there are specific pressure found in this area of the body that effectively suppress cravings. The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association supports an entire protocol around this set of ear suppression points for addiction. In between treatments, ‘ear seeds’ can be used by patients as a means of self-treatment. This technique involves placing tiny balls on the ears with tape to target the specific pressure points.

Acupuncture is shown to be even more effective when combined with other means of traditional medicines as part of a multidisciplinary approach. Chinese herbs have been shown to help decrease the urge to smoke and help with the initial withdrawal symptoms. Each treatment is specially customised by a herbalist for the individual patient based on what they need and to make sure that the herbs are safely used and are properly metabolising in the liver and kidney. Hypnotherapy can also be used to help train the subconscious to not crave tobacco whilst acupuncture will work alongside this to help the patient deal with the physical withdrawal symptoms.

Regardless of which treatments you choose to help you stop smoking, it will be a worthwhile process for your long term health as quitting smoking is one of the healthiest changes you can make.

To find out more call us today on 0800 051 76 88