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Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Treatment Protocols for Panic Attack - Formulas, Protocols, TCM Diagnoses


Panic Attack - Basics

A panic attack is a sudden, intense episode characterized by a pounding heartbeat, weakness, dizziness, shortness of breath and a sense of impending doom or terror. People experiencing a panic attack also may feel tingling in the extremities, chills, chest pain, nausea and smothering sensations. Panic attacks can occur at any time, including during sleep, and usually peak within 10 minutes, though some symptoms may last longer. People who have suffered repeated panic attacks dread when the next one will happen, and can easily become disabled by fear of them.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for panic attacks.



Panic Attack - Formulas From Our Store

The following herbal formulas are potentially useful in the process of treating panic attack. For a complete list from our store with more details see our panic attack formula section.


Panic Attack - Questions

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Panic Attack - Related Acupuncture Points

The following (9) acupuncture points may be useful for panic attack. A subset of these could potentially be useful with acupressure stimulation and/or tongren therapy methods as well.

Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)




The following (2) Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Panic Attack

Xiao Yao Wan

  • Free and Easy Wanderer
    • Depression, anxiety, loss of motivation - resulting from liver qi stagnation.
    • Fatigue, bloating, changes in appetite from the combination of spleen qi deficiency with liver qi stagnation.
    • PMS, breast distention, irregular menstruation and in some cases infertility.
  • Harmonize
  • Regulate and Harmonize the Liver and Spleen
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution during pregnancy.

Yue Ju Wan

  • Escape Restraint Pill
    • An important formula for plum pit qi and related issues arising from qi stagnation (from many factors) - an oppressive sensation in the chest and/or diaphgram, gerd, reflux, indigestion, nausea, belching with a fetid odor.
    • Gastritis, peptic ulcer disease, intercostal neuralgia, cholecystitis, cholelithiasis.
    • Infectious hepatitis.
    • Migraines when the underlying factor is that of stagnation.
    • Besides a range of digestive issues, the formula may be used for a wide range of psychiatric conditions including depression, schizophrenia, panic disorder, etc. when the underlying factor is chiefly stagnation.
  • Regulate the Qi
  • Promote the Movement of Qi
  • Cautions
    • Generally should be avoided in cases where the issues are arising from predominately deficiency syndromes (weakness, loose stools, no appetite).



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