Stress can buildup significantly in each and every one of us. We combat these stressors through outlets such as exercise and meditation. Unfortunately, some of us may not have the appropriate amount of time in each day to devote to these outlets. Acupuncture has been proven as a natural way to keep stress levels low and keep the body and mind at peace.
Unfortunately, as we all know anxiety can affect each and every one of use sometimes a bit too much. When we begin to experience stress, our body induces the production of chemicals such as hormones and neurotransmitters that are used to stimulate a certain response in our bodies. This is known as ‘fight or flight’ and it is a vital response that is necessary to ensure our livelihood is safe and secure. It is a short-term response to a serious situation and thankfully most of us do not need to experience this in our daily lives. However, this response can still be induced just through common stressors. It is because of this that we need to find a way to regularly combat this response whether it is through exercise, meditation, or some other sort of stress managing techniques. Unfortunately, some of us can be thrown out of our routine fairly easily causing us to miss out on this time devoted to exercising or meditating. This allows the fight or flight response to become chronic and the glands that release the stress-fighting hormones and neurotransmitters can become fatigued. This results in a serious imbalance in the body causing anxiety and potentially depression. However, acupuncture has been proven to be an effective medicine in relieving anxiety.
Ancient Chinese medicine describes an energy force called Qi that regulates the body’s overall health. Like blood in the circulatory system, Qi moves throughout the body through pathways called meridians. When factors disrupt the flow of Qi, health issues will follow. Anxiety and stress are known to cause significant disruptions to the flow of Qi. By inserting needles at specific points in the body, acupuncturists restore the balance of Qi and the body’s overall health. Patients who receive regular acupuncture have stated that they feel relaxed and peaceful during and after treatment sessions and they feel as if they can handle the big and small stresses and challenges of life with greater ease.