It is normal part of life when you experience an occasional anxiety. However, anxiety becomes a problem when you start to feel anxious most of the time, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. The clinical assessment and treatments of Chinese medicine for anxiety have been documented in Chinese literature for over 1500 years.
In the last two decades, there have been numerous clinical and experimental studies on the uses of Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture for anxiety in China and other countries. The studies involved the efficiency and safety of these Chinese medicine approaches and some underlying therapeutic mechanisms were revealed.
If you have any questions regarding how Chinese Medicine can help you manage Anxiety feel free to contact us.
The conditions we focus on
We have primary experience on managing the following symptoms or conditions associated with anxiety:
Excessive anxiety, irritability, worry, restlessness, difficult concentration or muscle tension.
Sleep disturbance presenting difficulty falling or staying asleep, or unsatisfying sleep.
Depression, low energy or fatigue.
Functional digestive or bowel problems.
Headaches or other chronic pain.
If you have suicidal thoughts or behaviors, you must seek emergency treatment immediately. Our service doesn’t cover such conditions and other severe anxiety disorders.
The treatments we provide
Acupuncture: we have primarily used acupuncture for relieving anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance, headaches or other pain and chronic fatigue. Our specific techniques for anxiety are integrated needling acupuncture with electrical acupuncture, ear acupuncture and cupping according to the different individuals.
Chinese herbal medicine: we commonly use Chinese herbal medicine in conjunction with acupuncture for relieving anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance, chronic fatigue, digestive or bowel problems. We use convenient herbal forms of granules, capsules or pills for our clients. All herbal prescriptions are designed for individuals.
Researches revealed that acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine might change the function and effect of some neurotransmitters to maintain mood stability. These Chinese medicine approaches might also enhance immune functions which might be beneficial for relieving anxiety.
Advice on diets and lifestyles: we provide advice on diets and lifestyles for our clients, especially based on the holistic concept of Chinese medicine.
The outcome of managing anxiety disorder depends on the severity of your condition, length of disease and your treatment adherence. Generally, you may need 2 – 3 months of treatments with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to start getting results.
Please note that maintenance and preventive care with Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture are important during stable or remission stage of anxiety. These cares may be undertaken for 1 – 2 years based on different individuals.
Dr. Henry Liang was the key teacher and unit coordinator for Chinese Internal Medicine including disorders of mental and neurological systems at Western Sydney University.
As a university academic and researcher, we can update and improve our therapeutic approaches from time to time to meet individual’s needs.
Costs of the treatments
The initial visit is a longer consultation up to 40 minutes which is basically to make a strategic plan. Subsequent visits up to 20 minutes are to review the conditions and to modify the treatment plan if necessary. Current fees are as follows:
Initial consultation fee: $110
Follow-up consultation fee: $40
The cost of the herbs is generally from $7 to $9 per day
Acupuncture fee: $70
Please note that acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are not covered by Medicare. It is covered by many private health funds including Bupa, HCF, Medibank Private, NIB, and many more. Your coverage depends on your insurance policy.