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Anxiety affects most people from their teenage years to middle age, but others are affected at different times in their lives. Often people self-medicate with alcohol or recreational drugs to help them feel better. If you have any questions after looking over the following list, make an appointment with your health provider to discuss your feelings.

Acu-Moment

During an ordinary activity, your heart pounds and you hyperventilate, sweat, and tremble. You may think it's a heart attack, but it's a panic disorder that afflicts about 35 percent of Americans each year. No one is sure why these attacks occur. They typically begin between the ages of 15 and 25.

Acu-Moment

During an ordinary activity, your heart pounds and you hyperventilate, sweat, and tremble. You may think it's a heart attack, but it's a panic disorder that afflicts about 35 percent of Americans each year. No one is sure why these attacks occur. They typically begin between the ages of 15 and 25.

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Joan was a 39-year-old professional who had developed free-floating anxiety, a chronic sense of uneasiness. Her family life had all the usual stresses, plus she held a demanding job. She couldn't explain it, but she did not feel comfortable or able to relax. Acupuncture treatments were given once weekly for five weeks. She began to feel better and did acupressure and Qi Gong breathing exercises at home. Now she is able to handle the challenges that her teenage children throw her way and can sleep well at night.

Symptoms of anxiety include the following:

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Heart palpitations

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Insomnia

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Sense of impending doom

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Dry mouth

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Difficulty concentrating

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Chest pain

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Muscle aches and chronic tension

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Irritability

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Diarrhea

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Excessive sweating

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Hyperventilating

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Under- or overeating

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Low sex drive

In school-age children, symptoms might include

> Fear of being away from the family.

> Refusal to go to school.

> Fear of strangers.

> Fear of recurring nightmares.

> Unnecessary worry.

Hold Down Anxiety with Oriental Medicine

Chronic uneasiness seems to be a growing concern with my patients, and fortunately they've found relief with the tools of Oriental Medicine. There are a variety of traditional oriental diagnoses that reflect the patterns of anxiety that I see in my office. Those with kidney-yin deficient anxiety, for example, have mental restlessness, often from excessive fear, guilt, shock, or overwork. A sense of anxiety, lack of willpower, insomnia, and night sweats are also characteristics of kidney-yin deficient anxiety.

Acupuncture and acupressure can bring quick relief to symptoms of anxiety. By strengthening your body with herbal medicine, exercise, and solid nutrition, you can go a long way toward leveling off anxiety. Home acupressure self-care and breathing exercises can help relieve acute anxiety episodes and give your confidence a boost.

Axing anxiety.

Locate KID-6 (Shining Sea) directly below the tip of the inside anklebone. Hold this point as you breathe deeply through your nose for four counts and out through your mouth for four counts. Repeat several times until your anxiety passes.

I believe that there is comfort in knowing where to find help when you're struggling with emotional issues. Carefully consider the role you would like your acu-pro to play and discuss it to make sure your expectations are being met with the desired clarity and support. Now, let's move forward and discuss a few more conditions that require considerable support during a challenging healing process.

The Least You Need to Know

Stress is common, but if left unchecked it can lead to more serious health concerns.

Acu-points in the ear can ease the mind and strip away stress.

> Poor digestion, fatigue, and a failing memory could be due to worry. See your acu-pro for relief.

Deep-breathing medical Qi Gong can lift your spirits from depression. Anxiety results from fight-or-flight reactions to no specific threat or concern.

Chapter 22

Driving Your Qi: The Passing, Middle, or Breakdown Lane

In This Chapter

V Learn how acupuncture is helping addicts kick their habits

V Discover the help that's available through Oriental Medicine to people living with HIV and AIDS

V Lower your blood pressure by applying pressure to acu-points

V Find relief from chronic fatigue syndrome using acu-points and herbs

Do you have your Qi running pedal to the metal? Does your energy lurch forward like a rocketing drag racer with high blood pressure, or does your chronic fatigue engine cough and sputter as you crawl out of the starting gate? In this chapter, you'll discover the help that Oriental Medicine has been giving to all kinds of Qi drivers, including those who stay in one lane or those who weave across all three lanes because of an addition to harmful substances.

The immune-stimulating effects of acupuncture are now being used to help people with HIV/AIDS. Pull over to the nearest rest stop, and flip to the next page. There you will find the key to regulating your Qi. Happy trails!

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