Anxiety Specialist

Lisa Meyerson, L.Ac.

Acupuncturist & Women's Health located in Cook & Lake County, Chicago, IL

Approximately 40 million American adults, or about 18% of the adult population, suffer yearly from some sort of anxiety disorder. If you’re seeking relief from your anxiety, consider investigating holistic medicine at Lisa Meyerson L.Ac., in Evanston, Illinois. Lisa offers a variety of holistic medicine and traditional Chinese medicine treatments to benefit anxiety, including acupuncture. Many people find that alternative medicine, alone or in conjunction with Western medicine and therapy, helps alleviate anxiety symptoms. To find out how she can help you, contact Lisa online for over the phone for an appointment today.

Anxiety Q & A

What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

Generalized Anxiety Disorder, also known as GAD, is an anxiety disorder characterized by persistent, excessive worrying. 

Everyday worrying transitions to GAD when you’ve been struggling to control your worrying for at least six months, while experiencing at least three other symptoms of GAD, such as:

  • Gastrointestinal problems (stomachaches, IBS, etc.)
  • Trouble sleeping and/or concentrating
  • Accelerated heart rate
  • Nervousness, agitation, or edginess
  • Sweating, trembling, or hyperventilation
  • A sense of impending doom or danger
  • Headaches 

Women are twice as likely as men to suffer from GAD. Typically it develops gradually, and you’re most likely to experience its onset during childhood or middle age.

How can acupuncture help with anxiety?

Many people find that acupuncture relieves or reduces symptoms of anxiety. Researchers aren’t sure exactly why it works, but one theory is that acupuncture changes how your body triggers your fight or flight response. It also stimulates natural painkilling chemicals in the brain.

In addition, acupuncture helps with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), one of the most bothersome physical manifestations of anxiety.

How does anxiety acupuncture treatment work?

During your acupuncture, Lisa inserts sterile needles into pressure points that correspond with your symptoms. 

This process isn’t painful. Then, she leaves the room so that you can enjoy your treatment in private. After about twenty minutes, she comes back in and removes the needles.

Acupuncture is relaxing, and you’ll likely feel calm after every session. However, you won’t feel the long-term anxiety benefits right away. Instead, you’ll notice subtle changes in your mood and health over the course of several treatments.

Can Chinese herbal medicine treat my anxiety?

At her practice, Lisa can strengthen your anxiety treatment by adding in Chinese herbal therapy. You can receive Chinese herbal medicine on its own or along with acupuncture treatments. Some Chinese herbal medicines that work well against anxiety include:

  • Polygonum root
  • Jujube date
  • Rehmannia root
  • Polyrachis ant
  • Duanwood reishi
  • Ginseng
  • Licorice root
  • Dang gui root
  • Cynomorium herb

Before starting any herbal regimen, disclose all of your medications and allergies to Lisa.

If anxiety is disrupting your life, consider holistic treatment. You can receive treatments alone or in conjunction with your current therapy and medication regimen. 

Your anxiety doesn’t define you. Explore your options by scheduling an appointment with Lisa online or over the phone today.