A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder, defined by a persistent fear of an object or situation. The phobia typically results in a rapid onset of fear and is present for more than six months. The affected person will go to great lengths to avoid the situation or object, typically to a degree greater than the actual danger posed.1
People who suffer with a phobia will usually experience episodes of panic attack, which are frightening and distressing. The symptoms of phobias occur suddenly and without warning. There are two types of symptoms, physical and psychological. Physical symptoms include sweating, trembling, hot flushes or chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, a choking sensation, as well as an overwhelming feelings of anxiety. Whereas, psychological symptoms include fear of losing control, fear of fainting, feelings of dread, and fear of dying.2
There are different causes for phobias, which include the following:
1. Simple phobias: Caused by an event during early childhood.
2. Complex phobias: Caused by a combination of life experiences, brain chemistry, and genetics.
3. Social phobias: Caused by an extremely stressful experience.
Related Acupuncture Points:
Acupuncture stimulates the brain either by stimulating acupuncture points at the head or at the distant points. Acupuncture treatment is considered to have positive effect on brain chemistry as it will stimulate the brain to release endorphins. The treatment is expected to strengthen the nervous system as well as the immune and hormonal system. It will bring the entire system back into a more balanced and healthier state.4
- Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Fifth Edition) – dsm.psychiatryonline.org – 2013, http://dsm.psychiatryonline.org/doi/book/10.1176/appi.books.9780890425596
- Phobias (symptoms) – nhs.uk – 2017, http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Phobias/Pages/Symptoms.aspx
- Phobias: causes, symptoms, and diagnosis – medicalnewstoday.com – 2016, http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/249347.php
- Treating Phobias With Acupuncture: Is There Any Point? – ezinearticles.com – 2016, http://ezinearticles.com/?Treating-Phobias-With-Acupuncture—Is-There-Any-Point?&id=7277172[/note0
The following acupoints are deeply relaxing, and they often trigger a chain of new thoughts and insights that aid the sufferer to overcome the anxiety, nervousness and fear common during phobia attacks: GV-24.5, CV-17, LV-3, GB-13, K-27, TW-15, B-10, P-3, P-6, H-7. Therefore, when stimulated properly, these acupoints relieve palpitations, anxiety and nervousness; while relaxing the senses and calming the mind and body.[note]10 Best Acupoints to Relieve Anxiety, Palpitations, and Nervousness – modernreflexology.com – 2017, http://www.modernreflexology.com/acupressure-to-relieve-anxiety-palpitations-and-nervousness