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Dr. Alex Tatevian has maintained a monthly acupuncture column in the health section of the Federal Hill Gazette since 1999.      
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  Federall Hill Gazette; November 2001

Anxiety, depression and insomnia.

Question:
I am usually a relaxed, optimistic person, but I have been tense and irritable since the terrorist attacks of September 11. I also am having trouble sleeping. I don't want to take tranquilizers or sleeping pills. Can acupuncture help me?

Answer:
   Anxiety, depression and insomnia are always on the top of the list of conditions that are successfully treated with acupuncture. The first thing acupuncture will do is to restore your normal sleep pattern. If you do not have enough night’s rest, it leads to exhaustion, irritability and depression. Acupuncture will help to balance the activity of your nervous system by engaging your own body’s regulatory mechanisms and enormous internal resources.
   
   The most effective way to start acupuncture treatments is three times the first week, then twice a week up to 12 sessions. You will see improvement after the first week. Also, as a support therapy I would recommend Vitamins B Complex and some simple herbs like Valerian Root and Passion Flower. Should you need medication, it is better to discuss it with your physician. But considering how you describe your symptoms, this is most likely not a clinical condition but quite an understandable reaction to the latest events.
   
    The objective of terrorist actions is to inflict terror and shatter the ideals of humanity. In challenging times let's not forget the words of John F. Kennedy, who said: "When written in Chinese, the word "crisis" is composed of two characters - one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity". The danger is to spiral into panic and the opportunity lies in the ability to expand your limits of endurance, compassion and strength. Humanity will prevail!
   
    Alex Tatevian, DA
   
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