Acupuncture & Stress
Modern life can be very stressful. Between work, family life, and the endless responsibilities of daily living, we can find ourselves feeling completely stressed-out. Excessive stress drains the vitality that makes life worth living, and can even make us susceptible to stress-related health problems like heart disease. So what can we do about it?
It might surprise you to learn that Acupuncture can help manage stress. Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on the idea of Qi, an energy force that regulates the body’s health. This energy travels through the body via channels or pathways called meridians. When the body faces issues like injury, poor nutrition or environmental disturbances, the body’s Qi can become blocked and unbalanced, resulting in stress, sickness and disease.
Acupuncturists believe that by inserting thin, sterilized needles into the skin’s surface at targeted locations (called meridian points), the nervous system is stimulated and the balance of Qi is restored. Once the nerves are stimulated, they send signals to the brain, prompting it to produce natural painkillers and stress-busting hormones. With the proper flow of energy restored, many patients report reduced stress levels following one or more treatments with a qualified Acupuncturist.
While the idea of sticking needles into the skin might sound far from relaxing, many patients report feeling extremely peaceful and even drowsy following a session—just as you would after a good massage. That’s because the needles are so fine you can barely feel them. You may notice a minor tingling sensation around the insertion points (which is actually a sign that the process is working), but in most cases Acupuncture is a painless practice than can foster feelings of relaxation during the treatment and even afterwards. Many patients report having a great night’s sleep following an Acupuncture session.
Some patients who struggle with stress management turn to prescription medications for help, but certain drugs can produce unwanted side effects as well as possible drug dependency down the road. Acupuncture, on the other hand, presents generally no risks or dangerous side effects. This ancient practice utilizes the body’s own innate healing mechanisms to help combat stress, leaving the patient feeling healthier, happier, and free of the physical and emotional imbalances that can lead to illness and disease.
If you feel that stress is taking over your life, find a qualified Acupuncturist in your area and take the first step toward a more vital and healthy future.