To say that anxiety and panic attacks can be overwhelming and very distressing is an understatement. However there is action you can take to help reduce your symptoms. 

I recommend an integrated approach, acupuncture, nutritional supplements and focusing on the underlying reason behind your anxiety attacks. 

Looking at where you maybe nutritionally deficient could offer you a solution to your anxiety, for example Vitamin D activates genes that regulate the immune system and release neurotransmitters (eg dopamine, serotonin) that affect brain function and development. Researchers have found vitamin D receptors on a handful of cells located in regions in the brain; the same regions that are linked with depression.

An excellent book for more information on this is Patrick Holfords Optimum Nutrition for the Mind.

Research has also shown that acupuncture treatment may specifically benefit anxiety disorders and symptoms of anxiety by:

  • Acting on areas of the brain known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, as well as promoting relaxation and deactivating the ‘analytical’ brain, which is responsible for anxiety and worry (Hui 2010; Hui 2009);

  • Reducing serum levels of corticosterone and the number of tyrosine hydroxylase-immunoreactive cells (Park 2010);

  • Regulating levels of neurotransmitters (or their modulators) and hormones such as serotonin, noradrenaline, dopamine, GABA, neuropeptide Y and ACTH; hence altering the brain’s mood chemistry to help to combat negative affective states (Lee 2009; Cheng 2009; Zhou 2008);

  • Stimulating production of endogenous opioids that affect the autonomic nervous system (Arranz 2007). Stress activates the sympathetic nervous system, while acupuncture can activate the opposing parasympathetic nervous system, which initiates the relaxation response;

  • Reversing pathological changes in levels of inflammatory cytokines that are associated with stress reactions (Arranz 2007);

  • Reducing inflammation, by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors (Kavoussi 2007, Zijlstra 2003);

  • Reversing stress-induced changes in behaviour and biochemistry (Kim 2009)

I was encouraged to try acupuncture when I started to have anxiety attacks and I am so glad I chose this option rather than the pills the GP prescribed me. Through Amanda’s expertise I have come to understand the cause of my attacks which has lead to me overcoming this problem and letting me lead a normal, anxiety free life again. I’m sure everyone would agree that it is better to treat the cause than the symptom which is just what Amanda has done. Acupuncture also allows me to relax and to stop worrying about what is causing the attacks but at the same time developing my understanding of why they are happening which in turn has made me better. I believe that without Amanda’s guidance I would still be suffering from the attacks. Now I know that if they do return I can deal with them in a calm manner. Stephanie, Leeds

Call Amanda on 07808580738 to book.

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