Acupuncture and acupressure are widely used to treat anxiety. Different acupuncture points are beneficial in generalized anxiety and panic attacks. A review of controlled studies and published case reports on acupuncture as a treatment of anxiety and depressed mood found consistent improvements in anxiety with both regular acupuncture and electro-acupuncture. Positive findings of most studies point to a general anxiety-reducing effect of acupuncture. In one double-blind study 55 adults randomized to receive ear acupuncture at a specific point called the “shenmen” point—(the so-called “relaxation” point)—were significantly less anxious than adults who were treated at a sham acupuncture point. Acupuncture is generally very safe when practiced by a well-trained clinician and infrequently causes bruising, fatigue and nausea.
You can find out more about the benefits of acupuncture and electro-acupuncture for anxiety and other safe and effective complementary and alternative treatments of anxiety, and learn practical tips for using them in “Anxiety: the Integrative Mental Health Solution,” by James Lake M.D.