Acupuncture for Stress Management

 

The effects of all the stresses of life on us are sometimes too much to handle and almost every person you speak to is taking some kind of anti….depressant, anxiety or sleeping pill in order to manage and just cope with the day ahead.

If you are one of the many people at breaking point, acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, herbal or some homeopathic medicines could be the answer.  Here is some basic insight into the effects of acupuncture on depression, anxiety and stress.

Research has shown that acupuncture helps to stimulate the nervous system and causes the release of neurochemicals. The release of these chemicals influence the body’s homeostatic mechanisms (balancing) and promotes physical and emotional well-being.

Studies have shown that acupuncture treatment benefits anxiety disorders and symptoms of stress by:

  • Regulating levels of neurotransmitters and hormones such as serotonin, nor-adrenaline, dopamine and GABA – hence altering the brain’s mood chemistry to help to combat negative emotional states.
  • Stimulating the production of the bodies own opioids that affect the autonomic nervous system.  Stress activates the sympathetic nervous system, while acupuncture can activate the opposing parasympathetic nervous system, which initiates a relaxation response.
  • Reducing levels of inflammatory cytokines that are associated with anxiety.

Acupuncture can be safely combined with conventional treatments such as medication or psycho-educational therapy, enhancing their beneficial effects and reducing unwanted side-effects.

If you find yourself stressed out, anxious or depressed give acupuncture a shot.  It’s a pill free therapy that is thousands of years old – and it works.