Teenage Anxiety

Teenage Anxiety

Case Study – Miriam is a 15-year-old girl that came to me as she was feeling anxious prior to her Junior Cert. She complained several times of severe abdominal pain that was worst in the morning and never present at night. She had missed about 10 days of school during the previous year because of the pain. She also had difficulty falling asleep. All of this became more pronounced prior to her exams

Miriams symptoms include worrying, requests for reassurance, ‘what if.’ Questions. Common symptoms involving behaviours include avoiding feared situations, tantrums when faced with fear, ‘freezing’ in feared situations. Common symptoms  included panic attacks, hyperventilation, stomach-aches, headaches,insomnia and a little bit of psoriasis on her neck and scalp.

Miriam attended my clinic twice a week for 2 weeks and once a week for 4 weeks, she now comes approx once a month and is feeling much better about herself, more relaxed and sleeping better.

For most people, anxiety and adolescence go hand in hand. Adolescence is a time of change, bodily change, mental change, changing relationships with friends and parents, changing goals, interests, hopes and dreams and accompanying all of these changes is a huge potential for anxiety.

In my experience Acupuncture/Herbs work very well in helping Anxiety with Teenagers, below are the following that I help treat on a daily basis with teenagers

  Anxiety: In my clinic this is number one! If there is Anxiety for whatever reason then it is like a domino effect for all of the other issues that can arise in the present and later in life. I am finding Teenage Anxiety to be more and more prevalent. In my experience, the most common reasons for teenage Anxiety are

  • Peer Pressure
  • Exams
  • Social Media
  • Parental/Own Expectations
  • Isolation
  • Bullying

Over the past number of years, I find that for the most part up to 6 sessions is normally more than enough. On arrival I take a detailed assessment which includes Acugraph which shows exactly how bad the Anxiety is and how it is affecting the rest of the body and where we need to get to. This will be done on a weekly basis. Normal treatment includes Acupuncture and Herbs if necessary. I also do Hypnotherapy to relax the mind if required.

 Hormones and Mood: Adolescence is a time where sex hormones such as oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone are shifting tremendously creating all kinds of strange new feelings and experiences within the body. Acupuncture can help your teen manage bouts of depression and anxiety. It can also help teenage girls have a healthier and less painful menstrual cycle.

Improves Sleep: Sleep is of incredible importance for everyone at all stages of life but especially so for children and adolescents. It is while our children our sleeping that their brains undergo an enormous amount of development. Teens need about 8-10 hours a night to function optimally. Inadequate sleep in adolescence has been linked to an inability to learn, listen and concentrate leading to poor outcomes at school. It can even contribute to poor eating habits, acne and behavioural issues.

Reduces Acne: This goes along with hormones and can be effectively treated by improving sleep, diet and managing the hormones. Acupuncture& herbal medicine is great at reducing acne.

Boosts Immunity:  A number of small clinical trials have had promising results regarding acupuncture’s ability to modulate the immune response, particularly in children with asthma. Additionally, acupuncture can be used to effectively boost immunity to prevent colds, flus, and other common childhood illnesses.

Promotes Healthy digestion:  If your gut is not healthy and balanced then it is like a domino effect for all of the other issues that can arise in the present and later in life. Acupuncture can be a very useful tool for helping the digestive system regulate itself better, to minimize symptoms and also to increase the body’s ability to effectively absorb nutrients. We now know what Chinese Medicine has known for thousands of years. Gut health is vitally important to the functioning of the brain and neurotransmitters, hormones and immune response


Migraines and Headaches

Control stress with acupuncture


Are you plagued by chronic headaches/migraine? Up to (one in six) suffer from chronic headaches. Scientific research shows that Acupuncture can be more effective than medication in reducing the severity and frequency of chronic headaches/migraine.

The pain that headache and migraine sufferers endure can impact every aspect of their lives. Acupuncture can offer powerful relief without the side effects that prescription and over-the-counter drugs can cause. Headaches and migraines, as well as their underlying causes have been treated successfully with Acupuncture and Herbs for thousands of years. Acupuncture and Herbs can be used alone in the management and treatment of headaches, or as part of a comprehensive treatment programme.

Traditional Chinese Medicine does not recognise migraines and chronic headaches as one particular syndrome. Instead, it aims to treat the specific symptoms that are unique to each individual using a variety of techniques such as acupuncture, and energetic exercises to restore imbalances found in the body. Therefore, your diagnosis and treatment will depend on a number of variables including:

Is the headache behind your eyes and temples, or is it located more on the top of your head?

When do your headaches occur (i.e. night, morning, after eating)?

Do you find that a cold compress or a darkened room can alleviate some of the pain?

Is the pain dull and throbbing, or sharp and piercing?

Your answers to these questions will help me to create a treatment plan specifically for you. The length, number and frequency of treatments will vary. Typical treatments last from 30-45 minutes, with you being treated one or two times a week. Some headaches, migraines and related symptoms are relieved after the first treatment, while more severe or chronic ailments often require multiple treatments.

Do you or someone you know suffer from headaches or migraines? Call today (0863529164) to find out how Acupuncture and Herbs can help you!

Headaches Dramatically Reduced by Acupuncture
Since the early seventies, studies around the globe have suggested that Acupuncture is an effective treatment for migraines and headaches.

Here at www.duohealth.ie, we take a unique approach, as well as using Traditional Chinese diagnosis methods, we use Acugraph (science behind Acupuncture), so you can see how you are improving on a weekly basis. This gives us a better insight into your diagnosis resulting in faster and better results. Typical results that I have found are decreased frequency in Migraine & Headaches and less severe in pain.


Stop Smoking

Stop smoking with acupuncture

Stop Smoking


Just wanted to say a big THANK YOU, you have changed my life. I am now off the cigarettes 2 months. Imagine 40 a day and smoking for 28 years. My energies are better than ever, I am now going to the Gym even though I have a membership for the past few years. My outlook is more positive. A big thank you from my partner and kids as well.

This is a typical mail that I receive. People stop smoking for various reasons but find the benefits far exceed their expectations. I feel by using a multi-disciplined approach, Acugraph test to show what cigarettes are doing to your health, full Acupuncture session, Hypnotherapy session, Natural Herbs, Acupuncture Beads, Hypnotherapy Cd so that you can Hypnotise yourself as often as you need,. I believe that it is the most effective solution out there. There is also back up if required included in the price.

Quitting Smoking can be a real challenge, but it is the best thing you can do for your health. It’s a dangerous, deadly habit. It is the leading cause of cancer, increases heart attacks, lung disease, strokes, Fertility etc.

Cost Of Smoking – 20 cigarettes a day will cost you E4,000/annum net, if you have a mortgage protection policy there is a penalty of approx. E20/week now totalling E5,000 net a year for both. Think about it. All you are doing is slowly killing yourself and paying someone for it.

Smokers come to me all the time trying to give up have tried all different ways to stop, the most important factor in this equation is You. I can prove the need for you to give them up with Software that I have but you have to want to. The 3 reasons why smokers want to give up cigarettes are –

  • Health – I can reaffirm this at the consultation phase.
  • Cash – Prefer to spend their money on better things. E.g Holiday, car upgrade etc
  • The Kids are onto them or they are trying for Kids.

Some Interesting Facts about giving up smoking

Success Rates

6% – If you try by yourself

8% – Using Nicotine Replacement/Champix

10% – Using Natural Herbs

20% – Acupuncture Beads

27% – Full Acupuncture Treatment

70% – Hypnotherapy

How does Acupuncture help? – Acupuncture is an effective tool to enable you to quit Smoking, it minimizes cravings, calms the nervous system and strengthens will-power.

How does Hypnotherapy help? – Hypnotherapy gives you a powerful boost in confidence, motivation, and strength and gives you commitment, courage and willpower to stick to your goal to stop smoking by speaking to the subconscious mind.

If you have Health Insurance, the chances are that you can claim back all or some of the costs.

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