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Topic: Acupressure For Anxiety And Panic Attacks TCM

What is Panic Attack?

Panic disorder or anxiety disorder results from a mental condition. Those who suffer from it experience it from time to time. It feels like a heart attack. We experience shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, and some pain in the chest area that might accompany it.

So, you see, a person who is unaware that they have a panic attack, not a heart attack, might experience more panic or anxiety from what they are already suffering. Sweating, shaking, numbness, or even a feeling of impending doom or losing control are also feelings we generally associate with a panic attack. We might feel completely drained of all our energy during the period when a panic attack comes and then subsides.

Panic disorder results in some people who have experienced sudden occasional panic attacks developing so much fear of an impending attack again, also going ahead and developing panic disorders in the future. Long-term therapy and anti-anxiety medications can control and stop panic attacks. 

AMERICAN statistics report shows that not less than 11% of people experience panic attacks at some point in time or other. Out of them, 2% to 3% develop panic disorder. 

Who can experience a panic attack? 

Anybody can develop a panic attack disorder. There is no age range for this disease. However, 

women are more prone to develop panic disorders than men. 

Panic disorder diagnosis 

Doctors diagnose panic disorder when we experience repeated panic attacks. 

  • You worry continuously about having more panic disorders and their consequences. 
  • You are obsessed about losing total control during an episode of a panic attack.
  • Change your behavior to avoid situations and surroundings that trigger a panic attack. 

Management or treatment of Panic Attacks 

There are many ways. Western medicine mitigate or control panic attacks and panic disorders. 

  • Psychotherapy 
  • Antidepressants 
  • Anti-anxiety medications 

Anxiety and Panic disorder patients are also treated using acupressure, and many people claim to have been healed by using acupressure

as their mode of treatment. Acupressure and the more popular therapy, Acupuncture, are forms of ancient healing based on TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). 

Acupressure Points for Panic Attack

We will discuss a few acupoints today. Daily stimulation of these acupoints will help the person suffering from panic or anxiety disorders to get better and, in the end, heal completely. These acupoints are P6, P7, H7, Li11, Yintang, Gv20. We will find out their position in our body is and massage and stimulate Qi or the energy flow. 

P6 (Nei Guan) – Acupressure Point

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The acupoint Pericardium 6 is located at three finger widths from the wrist and somewhere in the middle of the forearm. Locate the acupoint and apply firm pressure while massaging this point. Do for 15-20 seconds and then repeat. Do the same thing for the other arm too. It will provide relief from Panic, anxiety attacks, and disorders. You can perform this procedure several times a day. 

P7 (Daling) – Acupressure Point 

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The pericardium 7 position lies between the tendons of the muscle palmaris longus and muscle flexor carpi radialis. Massaging or pressurizing on this particular location calms the mind and removes heat. Thus it provides relief from panic bouts. We need to stretch our arms straight and keep an open palm facing us, and you need to repeat for both arms. You could do this acupressure as many times a day you wish to. Massage the P7 spot for at least 15 to 20 seconds for each session. 

H7 (Shenmen) – Acupressure Point

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The Heart7, also known as Shenmen, which means the “Spirit Gate” in Chinese, is located on the wrist. The position of H7 is at the ulnar bone end of the transverse crease of the wrists on both hands. There is a depression on the radial side of our tendon m flexor carpi ulnaris. Stimulation of this point can give relief from anxiety and panic disorders. With your thumb, press H7 point firmly but gently. Please do it for 15 to 20 seconds, after completing the massage, do on the other hand. You can repeat this procedure after some time, which will relieve your anxiety and panic-related problems.

LI11 (Quchi) – Acupressure Point

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LI11 or the large intestine 11 points is located at the Fold of your elbow; the point is situated on the side end of the transverse cubital crease. The Chinese name for this acupoint is Quchi which means pool at the crook in English. Locate the point. Massage the point firmly in circular or sidewards movements for 15-20 seconds. Repeat the same for the other hand. You can repeat this procedure for more effectiveness. It helps calm the mind and provides relief from panic issues and depression. 

Yingtang – Acupressure Point

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Yingtan means the “hall of impression.” This acupoint is the most famous acupressure point. Rubbing this point provides relief from several diseases. Yingtan is found on the face, located at the mid-point between the internal ends of the eyebrows. Rubbing this pressure point provides comfort from panic disorder and many other diseases.

Find the point between the two eyebrows, and firmly circularly massage them with your thumb. Do this for the next 20-25 seconds. You can do this 3-4 times per session. 

GV20 (Baihui) – Acupressure Point

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GV20 Also known as Baihui, is one of the most vital acupoints of the body and the entire meridian acupoint system. It enhances nitric oxide (NO) production and increases local circulation. It is also used for headaches, stroke, dizziness, and treating anxiety disorder.

The GV20 point is situated over the sagittal suture at the top of our head. We can trace an imaginary line from the ear lobes up through the middle of the top of the ears and upto the midpoint. Pressurize this point with your thumb for 20 to 25 seconds. Take a break of a minute and again repeat this procedure. It will give a lot of relief and alleviate your panic and anxiety issues. Do this regularly. 

Conclusion OF Acupressure For Anxiety And Panic Attacks TCM

We have discussed the acupoints or acupressure points that help reduce or cure panic disorder and anxiety disorder.

Acupressure does produce excellent results, but we have to be patient and continue doing the exercises as directed regularly. Slowly and gradually, this will start to take effect.

The best part of acupressure is that you can do it even while taking western medicine treatment, and it has no associated side effects.

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