Acupuncture for Stress
As a normal part of life, stress enables us to get things done. If we start operating under stress for too long and it goes unchecked, then it can cause mental, emotional and psychological problems. In Chinese medical terms, stress causes a disruption in the flow of vital energy, or Qi, through the body.
Stress hormones (cortisol) are produced when the body is exposed to high levels of stress. If this happens over an extended period of time, stress-related symptoms begin to develop such as:
- anxiety or panic attacks
- feelings of constant pressure, hassled and hurried
- irritability and moodiness
- physical symptoms such as stomach problems, headaches, or even chest pain
- allergic reactions, such as eczema or asthma
- problems sleeping
- overindulgence in food, alcohol, smoking, or drugs
- sadness or depression
Acupuncture and exercises such as Qi Gong can help energy flow smoothly, and alleviate not only the symptoms of stress and anxiety, but the stress and anxiety itself. Most of our patients find their treatments extremely relaxing, and the effects long-lasting.
Numerous studies have demonstrated the substantial benefits of acupuncture in the treatment of stress. Acupuncture improves circulation of blood throughout the body, which oxygenates the tissues and cycles out cortisol and other waste chemicals. The calming nature of acupuncture also decreases heart rate, lowers blood pressure and relaxes the muscles.
While it isn't always possible to remove the external forces causing stress, the ability to effectively deal with stress is a choice. Take time for yourself to cultivate the energy you need to handle your stress more skillfully and effectively.