I had pretty severe neck muscle tension from my anxiety earlier this year. It was a snowball effect, the more my neck started to hurt, the more it irritated my already injured wrist, the more tense I got. Acupuncture did a great job of resolving the neck pain
Good you feel better. My argument was that acupuncture was not an effective treatment for an anxiety disorder. Since this is Anxiety Zone, we should limit our discussion to anxiety issues.
I never argued that acupuncture couldn't be use for other physical ailments. I'm glad acupuncture resolved your neck pain.
Acupuncture may not be approved for treating anxiety disorders but it certainly can be used as an adjunctive treatment. There is more than one method for treatment. There is scientific evidence that acupuncture is beneficial for many medical conditions. No, it does not "cure" anxiety. But seriously abraham, have you seriously heard of any medication that "cures" anxiety? No, no you don't. Medication can keep these symptoms under control, but doesn't often resolve them completely.
Medication doesn't resolve or cure an anxiety disorder, instead it allows those who suffer an anxiety disorder to keep it under control. As much as anxiety sufferers want to argue this point, there is no cure for generalized anxiety disorder. http://www.healthguideinfo.com/panic-disorder/p86458/
If you disagree, then for those who do, protest the National Institute of Mental Health for making such claims after decades and decades of scientific research on this disorder.
If you pursue acupuncture for an anxiety disorder, your intention is to cure it. Why else spend sessions with needles in your body, just for the fun of it? No, an anxiety sufferer will go with the anticipation that acupuncture will offer healing. Even better, it can prevent the anxiety sufferer from taking FDA approved psychiatric drugs that are not deemed natural, based on common misguided perceptions.
I think anxiety sufferers should research their condition and be realistic about what actually works, instead of spending needless dollars on treatments, like acupuncture, and other advertised cures which really don't fix the disorder. It's all snake oil.
I also think anxiety sufferers should get over their resistance to medication, under the belief that taking medication hides our real inner problems. This suggests that if we spend additional money on more psychotherapy, we can find what inner issues are triggering our anxiety disorder. If you visit a Non-CBT therapist, you'll spend session after session revisiting your childhood just to get to the core of your psychological issues that trigger your anxiety disorder. Although you get a good self analysis of how your personality works, this does not put a permanent cure to your anxiety disorder.
I argue with what works in handling anxiety disorders. The best proven treatment to manage anxiety disorders (not cure) is medication and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. And for many anxiety disorder sufferers, medication will be always be a part of their life, and I think those who suffer anxiety disorders, should be realistic about what actually does work.
Anxiety disorders are a brain disorder. And at this point in time, technology has not been able to fix brain disorders most effectively, other FDA approved drugs that have been researched and proven to work on anxiety disorders. Hopefully in the future, science will find more effective ways to treat this disorder and hopefully cure it.