Hi all. I tried acupuncture for the first time yesterday for easing my anxiety and some back pain I have. I felt relaxed when I was actually going through the acupuncture process, but as the day wore on, my anxiety (and back pain) became worse. I felt like garbage all night and only got 3 hours of sleep because of anxiety. I have never experienced insomnia before from anxiety. Does anyone have any experience with acupuncture for anxiety? Did your symptoms get worse at first? Thanks for any info.
I tried acupuncture over several months, so I had quite a few sessions. For me, I thought the acupuncture looked really interesting, since it incorporated ancient Chinese medicine and their concept of chi (life energy) which seems to be released by using needles at specific energy points on the body.
Despite my time and fascination with acupuncture, it never cured my anxiety disorder, although I will admit I did feel some relief after my sessions, but that relief wasn't long lasting, because the anxiety symptoms came back. Maybe if I did acupuncture every day, this may have led to a better outcome, but it's not feasible for me, economically, and I would wonder why the acupuncturist couldn't alleviate my anxiety disorder after so many, consecutive sessions.
In my opinion, use the money you were planning to spend on acupuncture, and instead, spend it on taking your wife and yourself to a really nice, pricey restaurant. In fact, buy new clothes for two of you for the occasion. You'll have a wonderful evening for that one night, and you'll get the same benefit from acupuncture in terms of relieving your anxiety. At least with the dinner, you'll know the feeling won't last forever after that one night, and you'll have gained something more satisfying and economical with your money.