Anxiety is a normal anxious emotion for human to experience once in a while when you have a big interview, your first date, or you are waiting for the big lottery to be claimed. But Generalized Anxiety Disorder is a group of mental health disorders. It involves excessive, unrealistic worry and tension, even if there is little or nothing to provoke the anxiety. More than 3 million Americans suffer from anxiety disorder. Most anxiety disorders begin in childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood. Symptoms can vary depending on the type of anxiety disorder. General symptoms include: panic feeling, fear, uneasiness, tension, poor sleep, cold or sweaty hands and/or feet, shortness of breath, inability to stay calm, palpitation, numbness or tingling feeling in hands or feet, dry mouth, etc.

In Chinese medicine, anxiety disorders are called Shan You Si( 善忧思). Chinese medicine thinks these disorders are caused by a combination of factors, including changes of the flow of Qi in those Zang organs: Heart, Spleen, Liver, Lung, and Kidney. Changes in lifestyle, diets, and environmental stress also contribute to anxiety. Anxiety could have been effected by parental Qi when people were born. Chinese medicines classifies these disorders by determining how much each Zang organ Qi is affected and what causes the changes and then deciding on a treatment plan.
I have successfully treated many anxiety patients by using acupuncture and Chinese herbs. I have helped patients restore their normal life and eliminate or reduce drug use. When I treat my patients, I do not just treat the symptoms, but also, most importantly, the root of the cause.

©Dr.Li Zhang

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