Medical Acupuncture is one of the best ways to ease stress, and often, people notice immediate benefits! Even one session alone can be more beneficial than entire treatment plans which use other methods. Not only is acupuncture extremely effective at treating stress and many other conditions, acupuncture also has virtually no side effects.
There are specific acupuncture points that greatly reduce stress, and many of these points are still misunderstood or not even recognized by western health and healing practitioners. There are literally certain spots on the body that can be activated, and as a result, can act as a lever to simply pull on, when we need to get rid of stress! Not only are there specific points on the body for reducing stress, but many of those same acupuncture points have additional health and healing benefits as well!
How does acupuncture work?
A major way acupuncture has been shown to scientifically treat stress is by its ability to stimulate the release of endorphins and oxytocin. Endorphins are feel-good hormones that normally get released with intense exercise and oxytocin which is a peaceful and refreshing hormone you release when you are healthy. These facilitate a completely natural reduction in stress levels, and is a major component of how acupuncture is so relaxing and makes people feel amazing! Other than that acupuncture also works on the root physiological cause of stress, the sympathetic nervous system response. By switching from the sympathetic response to parasympathetic your body can finally relax and recover.
Whenever possible, natural means should be used over unnatural means to treat stress. Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and is still widely practiced in China and throughout the rest of the world. Because it is working on the natural processes of the body, and extremely safe, it is considered a first line defense against stress.
How else can Acupuncture treat stress?
Acupuncture points for stress, combined with a healthy lifestyle can work wonders. Outside of points specifically for mental health, acupuncture can treat stress in 5 other major ways.
- Reduced inflammation- Acupuncture can greatly help to stimulate the bodies innate anti-inflammatory mechanisms. All modern human beings have inflammation, for a variety of reasons, including not being grounded. Never standing directly on the ground with bare feet can increase systemic inflammation. Acupuncture helps to reduce this kind of systemic inflammation by reducing inflammation naturally. This then produces a positive effect on well-being in general.
- Improved Sleep- When you receive a relaxing powerful treatment like acupuncture, your body will shift out of fight or flight, and make falling into a deep sleep easier. There are specific points to assist sleep that also help stress by increasing relaxation.
- Improved Immunity– In today’s society, the people we consider to be “healthy” often times are not as healthy as they should be. This means that most people’s immune systems are having a harder time then they should be dealing with the daily viruses, bacteria, and sometimes parasites, that exist in small numbers in our bodies, as well as being able to identify the body’s own cells as good or bad. Restoring proper immune function for many people can be like taking a big drink of water after hiking in the desert. Acupuncture for immunity treats stress in this way.
- Reduced chronic pain– Unfortunately many people today deal with some amount of chronic pain. Acupuncture is so effective at treating chronic pain that even conventional medicine has accepted acupuncture’s efficacy. If you are someone that experiences chronic pain then, reducing this will of course drastically reduce stress.
- Balanced Breathing – Most people breathe incorrectly, often hyperventilating due to stress and anxiety. Acupuncture slows the breath down and corrects the oxygen to C02 ratio. Acupuncture does this by inducing a parasympathetic (relaxation) response. Very simply, your body has two modes, and your breath can influence your nervous system by putting it into (1) fight or flight mode, or (2) rest, heal and digest mode.
If you research the health benefits of acupuncture, you will find almost no one denies that it is one of the best drug-free methods to reduce stress and anxiety. It is so effective stress relief is regarded as one of acupuncture’s best examples of its power. Acupuncture as a stand-alone treatment has great results, but when combined with a healthy lifestyle, functional medicine testing and it’s protocols, correct exercise, and a healthy mindset, it can be even more amazing.
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