The Secret to Banishing Anxiety Without Medication


The Prevalence and Impact of Anxiety

According to Statistics Canada in 2022 over 5 million Canadians suffer from mood , anxiety or substance use disorder.* The impact of anxiety on a person’s daily life can be highly debilitating. From generalized anxiety disorder to panic disorder to various phobias, anxiety prevents people from fully engaging in work, school, social activities, and relationships. The constant state of worry, fear, and dread can isolate sufferers and prevent them from living life to the fullest.

Some of the most common ways anxiety disorders impact quality of life include:

  • Difficulty concentrating at work or school
  • Avoidance of social situations
  • Strained personal relationships
  • Disruption of sleep
  • Development of stress-related health issues
  • Substance abuse as a coping mechanism
  • Financial struggle due to inability to maintain steady work

Without proper treatment, anxiety can completely control a person’s life. The good news is that through therapies like acupuncture, people can find relief from anxiety and regain control.

Common Triggers and Causes of Anxiety

While anxiety can seem irrational, it often stems from common triggers in a person’s life. Understanding these common causes can provide insight into managing anxiety.


One of the most prevalent triggers of anxiety is stress. The fast-paced modern lifestyle leads to chronic stress for many people. When stress exceeds a person’s ability to cope, it can manifest as anxiety, panic attacks, and other mental health issues. Stress comes in many forms – demanding jobs, financial pressures, relationship conflicts, significant life changes, trauma, etc. Learning stress management skills is critical to controlling anxiety.

Health Issues

Physical health problems often cause or worsen anxiety. Chronic pain, hormonal imbalances, thyroid disorders, blood sugar dysregulation, gut health issues, and more can trigger anxiety symptoms. Treating underlying health conditions may alleviate anxiety. Some medications also produce side effects like anxiety.

Social Media and COVID-19

The constant connectivity of social media exposes people to a stream of anxiety-provoking news and comparisons. COVID-19 has also generated pervasive fear and uncertainty. The psychological effects of social media and the pandemic contribute to rising anxiety rates. Reducing social media use and finding positive outlets can help manage these technology and pandemic-related anxieties.

Additional Factors

Genetics, brain chemistry imbalances, trauma, significant life changes, interpersonal problems, and substance abuse may also underlie anxiety disorders. Identifying personal triggers is the first step in gaining control over anxiety.

Acupuncture as a Treatment for Anxiety

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine technique that involves inserting skinny needles into specific points on the body. It aims to restore the qi (energy) flow and bring the body back into balance.

When qi is blocked or unbalanced, it can lead to a disruption in physical, mental, and emotional health. Acupuncture helps to re-regulate this flow of energy and relieve symptoms.

The needles are inserted into acupoints located along meridians or energy channels. There are 12 primary meridians, each corresponding to specific organs. By stimulating these points, acupuncture can help restore proper functioning.

Modern research has confirmed the efficacy of acupuncture for treating anxiety. A systematic review published in 2020 looked at 30 clinical trials on acupuncture for anxiety disorders. It found acupuncture to be an effective and safe intervention that led to significant reductions in anxiety symptoms.

Other studies show acupuncture can reduce anxiety by modulating the limbic-paralimbic-neocortical network in the brain. It also helps regulate the autonomic nervous system and release neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine, improving emotional balance.

Acupuncture is considered an evidence-based complementary therapy for anxiety by organizations like the World Health Organization. It offers a drug-free alternative with minimal side effects.


The Acupuncture Treatment Process

Acupuncture treatment for anxiety often requires 3 to 4 sessions to help rebalance the nervous system and alleviate symptoms. During a typical session, fine needles are inserted at specific body points corresponding to the meridians or energy pathways. The acupuncturist will first assess the patient’s symptoms and identify any imbalances. They will then develop a customized treatment plan targeting points to calm the nervous system, improve sleep, reduce muscle tension, and restore emotional well-being.

Once the needles are inserted, the patient rests comfortably on the table for 20-30 minutes. The needles are very thin, so there is minimal sensation. Some people feel a mild aching, warmth, tingling, or heaviness around the needle sites. Others feel very relaxed and may even fall asleep. The acupuncturist may also use manual techniques or electrical stimulation on the needles to enhance the treatment effects. Most patients describe the sessions as peaceful and refreshing. After 3 to 4 treatments, patients report reduced anxiety, improved sleep quality, relaxedness, and greater wellbeing. Acupuncture helps reset and rebalance the system so patients can manage anxiety symptoms and stressors more effectively.

Benefits of Acupuncture for Anxiety

Acupuncture can provide immense relief for those suffering from anxiety by helping to restore balance and wellbeing. Some of the key benefits include:

Improved Sleep

One of the most common symptoms accompanying anxiety is insomnia or poor sleep quality. Acupuncture can help regulate the nervous system and hormones to promote more profound, more restorative sleep. Patients often report sleeping through the night and feeling refreshed after acupuncture treatments.

Reduced Symptoms

Acupuncture works to calm the mind and body, leading to a significant reduction in anxiety symptoms. Patients experience decreased feelings of panic, irritability, muscle tension, fatigue, and digestive issues. The calming effects can be felt during and after each acupuncture session.

Balanced Nervous System

At its root, anxiety stems from an imbalance in the autonomic nervous system. Acupuncture helps restore equilibrium between the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems, leading to improved emotional regulation, relaxation, and inner harmony. Patients feel less overwhelmed and are better equipped to cope with stress and anxiety triggers.

By activating specific acupuncture points connected to the nervous system, endocrine system, and digestive system, acupuncture can provide rapid relief from anxiety’s debilitating effects. Patients report feeling more resilient, grounded, and in control of their mental and physical wellbeing.

Kiiko Matsumoto’s Acupuncture Style

Dr.Ac Yelena Grabko is a master of Kiiko Matsumoto’s style of acupuncture, representing the culmination of centuries of Japanese acupuncture wisdom and innovation while advancing its methodology for the modern era.

Matsumoto’s acupuncture style focuses on treating the root cause of health issues by identifying and needling acupuncture points related to the patient’s unique condition. This involves detailed palpation of the abdomen, back, and other areas to detect tender points and imbalances in the meridians.

The technique uses thinner and shorter needles applied with a gentle touch. The acupuncturist will delicately twist or move the needles to elicit a release of tension in the area. This dissipates blocked energy and inflammation, restoring balance and flow throughout the body.

Matsumoto’s approach integrates concepts from traditional Chinese medicine, the Five Elements theory, and Japanese acupuncture. Clinical experience and the constant development of new techniques characterize this living system of acupuncture.

As a master, Dr.Ac Yelena Grabko applies Matsumoto acupuncture with sensitivity and skill. Her expertise allows her to pinpoint and resolve underlying issues gently, using minimal needles. Patients benefit from both her mastery of this style and her integration of complementary techniques.

Dr.Ac Yelena Grabko’s Expertise

Dr.Ac Yelena Grabko is a highly experienced and credentialed acupuncturist practicing in Edmonton, Alberta. She masters Kiiko Matsumoto’s acupuncture style, representing centuries of Japanese acupuncture wisdom.

Grabko’s credentials include:

  • Doctor of Acupuncture (Dr.Ac), obtained at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton
  • Registered Acupuncturist with the College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta
  • Over ten years of clinical experience treating patients with acupuncture

In addition to her formal training and licensing, Dr.Ac Grabko has extensive practical experience. She studied intensively under Kiiko Matsumoto to master her acupuncture style. Matsumoto’s acupuncture system integrates traditional Chinese medicine with modern innovations in meridian therapy.

Dr.Ac Grabko now applies this specialized acupuncture approach in her own clinic. She uses masterful palpation skills and sensitive needling to pinpoint and resolve patients’ underlying issues. Her expertise allows her to treat efficiently and effectively with minimal intervention.

Patients trust Dr.Ac Grabko to complement Western medicine or provide holistic self-care through acupuncture. Her credentials, extensive training, and a decade of experience demonstrate Dr.Ac Grabko’s mastery of acupuncture for healing body and mind.


Many of Yelena’s patients have found relief from anxiety through acupuncture treatment. Here are some of their stories:

Amanda’s Story

Amanda first came to see Yelena after experiencing multiple panic attacks that left her unable to go to work or leave her home. She had tried medication but found the side effects intolerable. After just a few acupuncture sessions, Amanda began to feel calmer, and the panic attacks became less frequent. Within two months of weekly treatments, Amanda’s anxiety was under control. She was able to return to work and resume normal activities. Amanda says acupuncture gave her her life back.

James’ Story

James struggled with generalized anxiety and insomnia for over a decade. His mind would race at night, making it impossible to fall asleep. Exhausted from lack of sleep, James’ anxiety worsened during the day. He was referred to Yelena by a friend. After several acupuncture treatments, James found he was able to fall asleep more easily. The quality of his sleep improved dramatically. As his sleep normalized, James noticed a significant decrease in daily anxiety levels. Acupuncture helped restore balance and calm James’ worried mind.

Lisa’s Story

Lisa’s social anxiety kept her isolated and afraid to leave home. She experienced heart palpitations, nausea, and panic whenever she had to interact with others. Lisa’s acupuncturist referred her to Yelena for additional treatment. After a month of combined acupuncture and herbal therapy, Lisa’s physical anxiety symptoms were gone. She was able to start attending social events again with minimal distress. Lisa continues occasional acupuncture maintenance sessions to remain anxiety-free.

Accessing Acupuncture Treatment

Dr.Ac Grabko founded Live by Design Health Centre provides acupuncture in a calm, welcoming environment. Located in Edmonton, Alberta, the clinic focuses on patient-centered care and gentle healing of body and soul.

Dr.Ac Grabko is a licensed acupuncturist with over ten years of experience practicing Kiiko Matsumoto’s acupuncture style. She takes the time to listen to patients’ concerns and get to the root of their health issues. Her sensitive needling technique provides effective relief from anxiety, pain, and other conditions.

Patients can book an initial consultation and acupuncture treatment by contacting Live by Design Health Centre. New patients are required to complete intake forms prior to their first appointment. Follow-up appointments can then be scheduled based on each patient’s individual treatment plan.

In addition to in-person acupuncture, the clinic offers phone and video consultations for those who cannot visit the office. Payment is accepted through all major credit cards, debit, and health spending accounts. Receipts are provided to submit insurance claims.

To learn more about acupuncture with Dr.Ac Yelena Grabko or book an appointment at Live by Design Health Centre, visit their website at or call (780) 756-7736.

Living Anxiety-Free

Anxiety can feel debilitating, but it doesn’t have to control your life. With effective treatment like acupuncture, you can find relief and start living the life you want.

The key is being proactive and seeking help. Don’t wait for anxiety to spiral out of control. Take steps now to reduce stress, try acupuncture, and make your mental health a priority. Regaining your inner calm and peace of mind is possible.

With a customized acupuncture treatment plan, you’ll be amazed at how quickly your anxiety fades away. No longer will simple tasks like driving or socializing fill you with dread. You’ll have the freedom to live boldly again without limitations.

This new chapter starts with one simple action – picking up the phone to book an acupuncture appointment. Let today be the day you take control of anxiety instead of letting it control you. Relief, joy and vibrancy await. You deserve to live fully and freely. An anxiety-free life is within your reach.

Dr.Ac Yelena Grabko treating Anxiety in Edmonton

Being a master of Kiiko Matsumoto’s style of acupuncture, she is representing the culmination of centuries of Japanese acupuncture wisdom and innovation while advancing its methodology for the modern era in her daily clinical practice. Through masterful palpation and sensitive needling, Yelena Grabko is able to pinpoint and resolve underlying issues with minimal intervention. She encourages Patients to explore this dynamic modality, either as a complement to Western medicine or as a holistic system for self-care. Founded by Yelena Grabko, Live by Design Health Centre is dedicated to patient-centered care and gentle healing of body and soul.

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