Using Acupressure & Acupuncture for Anxiety

Anxiety is one of the most googled ailments current to our world. As the world changes in unimaginable ways and at a rapid pace, it can feel overwhelming. This is an environment primed for anxious feelings to arise. Acupressure and acupuncture are effective for the anxiety that you may be experiencing.

What is anxiety really?

From the perspective of Chinese Medicine and using acupuncture (or acupressure) for anxiety, it’s all about how the energy in the body is flowing. This energy spans the unseen world all the way to the seen world. For example, energy in the unseen world would be the tiniest molecules that carry signals to different areas of your body in order to unlock a specific function. Energy in the seen world is the obvious, physically tangible parts of the body that reflect the inner workings of the internal environment.

When the energy isn’t flowing smoothly in the body, all sorts of disruptive patterns begin to emerge. In the most simplistic understanding

Anxiety will arise out of a disruption of the proper flow of energy within the body.

The reasons the energy becomes disrupted will vary amongst each person. Most commonly the energy stops flowing with ease because of:

  1. Ongoing chronic stress
  2. PTSD– Past experiences that we still feel are with us (Traumas and shocks)
  3. Improper lifestyle and dietary habits
  4. Physical traumas and accidents

Using acupressure and acupuncture for anxiety is helpful because both of these modalities encourage the proper directional flow of energy. This promotes healing of the body, mind, and soul.

When attempting to relieve anxious feelings, it’s important to have a bit of an understanding as to where or what you might want to be treating. Each person is unique. Therefore,  it’s impossible to say one organ system or meridian will treat anxiety. That’s the beauty of Chinese Medicine and sometimes its frustration in the western world.

Here are a few highlights from the video below. This video is part of the online course  “10 best Acupressure Points and Aromatherapy for anxiety.”


1) The Ear points, in general, are very well utilized within Acupuncture and they are known for calming the entire system. They have a real affinity for working with brain chemistry, so they are incredible at calming down the mind.

2) The emotions associated with the Liver and Gallbladder are anger, frustration, and irritability. The job of the liver is to spread Qi (energy) in all directions and to make sure that the Qi is flowing smoothly. When the Qi is not flowing smoothly, we have a tendency to get pent-up, to feel emotionally frustrated, and to get tense. This is one of the most common organ systems that give rise to anxiety.

3) The Heart is the organ system that integrates emotional experiences. It is very important to balance if we have had emotional experiences that we still feel like we are living, to a certain degree. If you feel a little bit like you’re living in the past or you feel like you’ve had a shock from something, and you can’t really come back to yourself we want to work at stabilizing and earthing the Heart system.

4) The Kidney meridian houses our deepest potential, our DNA, our genetics and so it’s very much at the core and the root of who we are. It’s associated emotion is fear and when we are affected by fear or have a habitual response to fear, it can really erode the way the kidneys are functioning within our body.

A final thought to leave with. Never underestimate the importance of language. How we speak about our experience gives rise to our future experiences. When we recognize that WE ARE NOT ANXIETY, but that anxiety is a sensation that arises within us, like a wave, it comes and goes, we are less defined by this experience.

Instead of saying “my anxiety” perhaps for 1-2 weeks start saying “I am notice anxiety arising” anytime you feel an anxious thought. Observe how this shifts the experience. It can work wonders and is not nearly recognized enough in the treatment of this imbalance.

With love for the light and the dark within,


p.s. if you want to check out more courses that will provide an avenue for insight into your personal nature and ailments, you can do so here:

10 Acupressure Points and Aromatherapy To Relieve Anxiety

Seek: An Introduction to Chinese Medicine and Essential Oils