As an acupuncturist, I deal with people with a wide variety of health complaints and goals. But there is one consistent thread that ties together almost all the patients I see. What is this terribly common complaint? Stress! Hectic lives, worries, and busy schedules leave so many people feeling tired and unable to cope, and can even lead to the development of physical pain.
Luckily, acupuncture is amazing at doing away with stress. Whatever the source, acupuncture can help you regain equilibrium and deal more effectively with stressors. How does acupuncture accomplish this feat of ‘destressification’? Recent studies have given us some previously unknown insights into this process.
As with most answers to the question, “How does acupuncture do that?”, the answer is a complex one, relying on many interwoven bodily systems and responses. Some of the mechanisms through which acupuncture works to relieve stress include releasing endorphins, raising parasympathetic nervous system activity, relaxing knotted muscles, and lowering blood pressure.
These effects all lead to you feeling more peaceful and better able to cope with that busy schedule, frustrating interaction, or approaching deadline. They help stop the vicious cycle of stress that leads to escalation from emotional to physical issues.
They also allow the body’s natural healing mechanisms to work more effectively. When we are stressed, our ability to combat pathogens and repair damage is compromised. This is why people often get sick after long periods of high tension.
By reducing these strains, the body is better able to take on the threats to health that we face on a daily basis.Given this powerful effects on diverse body systems, it’s no wonder that as many patients as I have walk in the door complaining of stress, the relaxing effects of acupuncture treatment affect them all. They get off the table feeling better able to handle the stresses of life, no matter what they may be.
Balancing treatment with dietary therapy, exercise, self-acupressure, and lifestyle changes helps you take control of your health, your emotions, and improve your quality of life. Acupuncture is powerful medicine for stress!