Depression & Anxiety

Anxiety, Depression & Stress

Whether you’re experiencing an acute time of stress, or long-term chronic stress or anxiety, Acupuncture offers a safe and effective way to restore balance and alleviate symptoms. People experience “stress” in many ways ranging from: worrisome thoughts; tension in the chest; back or neck; rashes and itching; increased heart rate and blood pressure; appetite changes; insomnia; fear and anxiety. Dr. Hynes will assess you through Traditional Chinese diagnosis methods and come up with a treatment plan specific for your needs. Patients are able to achieve peace and calm during the session, and beyond. If you or someone you know has suffered stress, anxiety and/or depression, seek relief at SRQ Acupuncture & Massage. You deserve health and happiness, and we can help you achieve it in abundance.

Treatment of Pediatric Patients

Anxiety, Depression and Stress do not know age. There is an increased need in todays world with all the testing and such a high demand on children at such young ages. As a result we have seen an increased need to treat pediatric patients. At SRQ Acupuncture located in Sarasota, Florida,  we have many modalities at our disposal. These include homeopathy, shoni shen and vibrational healing to address anxiety, depression and stress. We also teach self calming techniques to ensure our pediatric patients receive the maximum benefit of their sessions. This also teaches our young patients how to be more in control of their bodies, minds and emotions.

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So What Can Acupuncture treat?


Acupuncture brings about a sense of peace and calmness, while reducing physical symptoms of anxiety, including:
• Digestive issues
• Headache
• Insomnia
• Rapid heartbeat and breathing Acupuncture is excellent for those with severe anxiety, as they will experience diminished anxiety symptoms immediately or soon after the first appointment, rather than relying on treatment that works over a long period of time. Patients also usually receive additional benefits such as better sleep and stress management.


Depression may be either acute or chronic, meaning short-term or long lasting. Acupuncture can treat both, as well as the underlying physical pain that is sometimes the cause of depression. Physical symptoms like insomnia and poor appetite and emotional feelings of depression diminish soon after treatment begins. Acupuncture may be an effective means of reducing dosage or increasing potency of anti-depressants.


Acupuncture is very effective for stress management. Whether your stress is ongoing or is related to a specific situation, acupuncture offers relief. Patients experience nearly instantaneous feelings of wellness and increased relaxation, as acupuncture causes the brain to release natural pain-killing chemicals called endorphins. Treatment can rid such stress-related symptoms as
• high blood pressure
• headaches
• musculo-skeletal tightness
Ongoing, untreated stress can have serious consequences for health, quality of life and even relationships. Give your body the rest it deserves with stress acupuncture treatment.

Recent Study
A recent study at Georgetown University tested the effect of Acupuncture on blood levels of protein neuropeptide Y (NPY), a protein secreted by the Sympathetic Nervous System during “flight or flight response.” The study also looked at blood hormone levels secreted by the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland and the adrenal gland (collectively – HPA axis), following Electro-Acupuncture. The research involved rats who were put into a stressful situation for 1 hr each day. Following the induced stress, one group of rats received Electrical stimulation on one Acupuncture point, and remarkably, the NPY levels were lowered to that of the control group. It was determined that Electrical stimulation blocks the stress-induced elevations of the sympathetic NPY protein, and also the HPA axis hormones. Furthermore, when the Acupuncture group stopped receiving treatment, but continued to experience stress induction for an additional 4 days, the NPY levels remained low. Not only does Acupuncture provide stress relief that we can now measure on a molecular level, the benefits can be enjoyed for days beyond the time in which stress levels are reduced. Many patients leave treatments feeling renewed or even euphoric, what will you experience?