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  • Writer's picturePhilip Niño Tan-Gatue

Acupuncture For Anxiety Relief During Aftermath of Philippines Earthquake

When a massive earthquake hit our country hard last October 15, everyone was rightfully concerned about the availability of basic necessities such as food, water and shelter.  Beyond that, medical care was obviously also needed.  It should be noted, however, that the damage was more than just to property, public structures, and physical bodies.  The collective psyche of a nation in general and earthquake victims in particular was hammered into submission.

It’s a good thing that acupuncture may help.  Thank the heavens that good physicians like Dr. Jefferson Ong were at the scene.  Acupuncture may not be able to help with major injuries directly in this case, but acupuncture for anxiety relief is already a huge help.

Dr. Ong is a great friend.  He, like me, is a medical doctor who went to mainland China for Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture training.  We had even gone to the 2012 World Federation of Acupuncture Societies convention held in Indonesia just about a year ago.

According to Dr. Ong, the most common symptoms were dizziness.  This was more than just being due to anxiety.

Their dizziness is more from exposure to powerful tremors as well as their lack of quality sleep…

The frequent triggering of the fight or flight response agitates them. Yes. They can’t sleep for fear of tremors in the night. The panic is more like a magnified reaction to the aftershocks.

Other than that, anxiety symptoms are very common.

Coldness, palpitations, panic…

Of course, there were plenty of aches and pains all around as well.

It is a fortunate thing that acupuncture is available as a non-pharmacologic adjunct treatment for these symptoms.  Again, thanks to Dr. Ong for providing these photographs.  I believe that they may be from Perlin Bon’s facebook page.

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