Anxiety is extremely common with almost 1 in 5 people regularly suffering from it. In the right context, it’s considered a normal reaction to stress. But often it becomes a chronic condition. It can get in the way of your daily life, affecting your job and relationships. Most doctors will prescribe drugs which may provide a welcome relief to the unrelenting feelings stress produces. Yet, side effects and difficulty coming off the drugs often feels like trading one problem for another. At Tao of Wellness we use traditional therapies like acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, nutritional therapy, and tai chi & qi gong (mind body exercise) as safe and effective ways to ease feelings of anxiety, panic, worry, and stress. Let us get to the root cause of your unique anxiety and provide a custom treatment plan that allows you to again find joy in your mind, your body and your life.
How We Successfully Treat Anxiety
Anxiety can be a unique experience for each patient. What is your anxiety like? Are you fearful, worried, easily startled, and panicked? One or all of these may begin to describe your experience.
Anxiety is a diagnosis typically given by a psychiatrist, psychotherapist or other mental health professional, but nowadays many people will self-label as anxious. It may sound strange to take an emotional rollercoaster like anxiety, with all its differing emotional variants, and put this one label, “anxiety,” on it. Yet, having this diagnosis is a starting point. Unfortunately, with conventional medicine, it’s often the endpoint as well. This means there are only so many drugs to prescribe. Popular sedatives include Valium, Xanax, and Ativan but they can make patients sleepy or forgetful. Antidepressants are often used as well, such as Paxil, Prozac, and Wellbutrin. Though, these can cause a long list of side effects including sexual dysfunction and suicidal behavior.
Regardless of how long you’ve suffered or what medications and supplements you’re already taking, making an appointment at Tao of Wellness is in your best interest to treat your anxiety. We’re an integrative clinic that works alongside the other doctors on your medical team. You’ll start by setting up an initial consultation, and one of our doctors will review your current condition in addition to your medical history. We want to know what kind of anxiety you’re experiencing right now but Chinese Medicine also considers how anxiety is tied in with the rest of your mental and physical health. After your consultation you’ll be offered an individualized treatment plan that will include acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, two of our primary therapies to treat anxiety. Nutritional therapy or mind body exercise may be recommended as well. Your doctor will then answer any questions you have before beginning your therapy.
Our Customized Therapies for Overcoming Anxiety
Customized Treatment Program
There is no one program for every patient who suffers from anxiety. At Tao of Wellness your doctor will work with you in developing a plan that is personalized. Your therapies will be administered at our clinic but you will also learn self-healing tools to perform at home. What you do every day at home will have a lasting impact on how you recover from anxiety and work toward keeping it away.
There are therapeutic points all over the body that aid in reducing anxiety. Being that each person’s experience of anxiety is unique, so is each acupuncture treatment. You may receive acupuncture on your head, ears, arms, legs, back, or chest. Almost anywhere acupuncture is applied you’ll find that it’s a very relaxing experience. The same calming and mood-elevating neurotransmitters, like endorphins and serotonin, that are released from your brain during exercise, are secreted during a session of acupuncture. With repeated acupuncture, in addition to activities like exercise or meditation, your body will find it likes being in this new state, and a life without anxiety will become the new norm. Learn more about acupuncture.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine has a long history and there exists an entire category of herbs dedicated to calming the mind in cases of anxiety, panic, and irritability. Herbs like oyster shell, pearl, and other dense minerals serve well as natural sedatives without any of the side effects typical of pharmaceutical tranquilizers. Valerian and chamomile are also common herbs used for anxiety. Like any other Chinese medical therapy, there is no singular anxiety formula. Based on your unique anxiety presentation, a customized herbal combination will be made to calm your mind, relax your body, and treat the other things you’ve decided to work on with your Chinese medical doctor. Learn more about Chinese herbal medicine.
People often overlook nutrition when thinking about mental health. The thoughts that enter your mind, the environment in which you live, and the food and supplements that enter your body will ultimately determine how you respond to stress and anxiety.
Certain stimulants that many people use regularly like caffeine, sugar, spicy foods and even nicotine can make anxiety worse. On the flipside, certain complex carbohydrates like brown rice or quinoa can be very relaxing to the nervous system. Though, calming through foods can be overdone as well and may be why many people turn to refined carbs like cereal, chips, and pastries in time of stress. Working with a doctor certified in Chinese nutrition will allow you the flexibility to move beyond just counting calories. Selecting and preparing foods to specifically improve your anxiety is a process that’s designed to find the right fit for you. If you’re used to eating out every day and don’t have much experience preparing your own food then we’ll gradually teach you new ways to care for yourself. We eat five to six times every day and these can be opportunities to reverse anxiety and have you enjoying your life again.
Our practitioners certified in nutrition may use melatonin, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), and magnesium as safe alternative supplements to anxiety drugs. These have proven very effective at relaxing the nervous system and promoting restful sleep, while avoiding most side effects in common prescriptions that cause drowsiness or dependency. Learn more about Nutritional Therapy.
Mind Body Exercise
Exercise is key for health and longevity. But too much of the wrong kind of exercise can actually make anxiety worse for certain people. Too much cardio like excessive running or spin classes, or excessive weight lifting, can tire the body to the point of creating more stress than it solves. In turn, this could stimulate the mind right back into states of anxiety. If you’re suffering from anxiety, moderate exercise is certainly helpful for most people. In addition to cardio or weight training, it can be enormously helpful to incorporate calming activities like the body mind exercises of tai chi or qi gong. These help regulate the circulatory and endocrine systems that are out of balance when anxiety is a daily experience. At Tao of Wellness you’ll find a choice of certified instructors in several forms of tai chi and qi gong. Your doctor will work with you in determining the right practice as a supplement to your other exercise and nutrition regimens. Learn more about tai chi and qi gong.
InfiniChi Energy Therapy
InfiniChi is Chinese medical energy therapy in the Tao Of Wellness tradition. This is a series of non-touch techniques that aim to guide your mind and energy to a place of calm. The problematic norm of stress in the body and mind are assessed by your certified InfiniChi practitioner, and while you rest, the imbalances within your body-mind are set back in order. You’ll have the opportunity before and after your treatment to communicate the changes you feel. Your doctor will likely prescribe simple homework of breathing or visualization exercises to keep this therapy working for you when you’re not in our clinic. Learn more about InfiniChi.
Anxiety Patient Success Stories
Tao of Wellness Changed My Life
“When I first came here I was 10 pounds overweight. I was taking antidepressants. I couldn’t sleep. I’ve suffered from anxiety most of my life. The acupuncture has helped me in particular and is something that I’m now doing regularly. That, along with the herbs and an occasional infrared sauna, have all helped me tremendously. Now I have no anxiety. I lost 10 pounds. I no longer take any prescription drugs. I sleep well. I’m much more peaceful. I feel healthier and have more energy. I’m just a new person. Really, coming to the Tao of Wellness changed my life.”
— Carla H.
I Immediately Saw Improvements
“For most of my life I’ve worried. My whole family identified me as the one who worried most in the group. For just as long, sleep has been a challenge every night as well. And I found myself in my twenties working more than I’ve ever done in the past. Plus, for the first time ever I was foregoing exercise. My health then went into a tailspin and my anxiety exploded from there. I started to develop irrational fears, shortness of breath, and panic attacks. I had been in great shape, but I’d inadvertently lost too much weight and got very weak, getting colds and flus easily which would last weeks or months at a time. I couldn’t concentrate on my work and it was affecting pretty much every aspect of my life.
Once I started acupuncture, the herbal medicine, and learned about meditation and qi gong, I immediately saw improvements though, it took months to get me to a place where I was confidently moving in the right direction. And it took over two years to get me to a place of normalcy again. I credit everything I tried with helping me get better,but it was the things I could do every day that really brought me back, namely the meditation and qi gong. I was able to regulate my movement, my breathing, and importantly, my mind. Simply put, I was now doing something daily that literally kept my mind off of doing the self-destructive things it had gotten used to over the previous years. And today, peace of mind is with me at all times without me needing to try as hard to generate it. I now recognize that those tendencies for stress are still thereand I keep up my practice, not just as a way to stave off anxiety, but to refine every part of myself. Thank you for all you’ve taught me.”
— Jonas M.
Natural Healthcare for Anxiety
Tao of Wellness was established in 1976 as a resource to address anxiety. We strive to support you in mind and body, and invite you to make an appointment for your health and wellbeing. It would be our pleasure to serve you.