Is acupuncture effective for treating stress? The answer is a resounding "yes!" and here's why.
Stress shows up in our bodies in many ways, including in the form of anxiety & worry, depression and negative self-talk, sleep disturbance, digestive issues, low energy and fatigue, pain, and low immunity.
When you receive an acupuncture treatment from a licensed acupuncturist, they will assess what is going on with you through a holistic lens. This means that they will be able to see the links between mood-related imbalances and physical manifestations like digestion or pain. Exploring this connection allows them to get to the root issue, which will result in lasting benefits, rather than temporary band-aid solutions.
Acupuncture has a number of wonderful effects on the body and the brain. It affects the central nervous system and triggers the release of endorphins — the brain’s natural “feel-good” chemicals. Endorphins reduce stress and give a feeling of general well-being.
When we are under constant pressure or stress, our bodies can get stuck in a sympathetic nervous response known as “fight-or-flight”. This is a natural response that happens when we are in a state of perceived danger. Under normal circumstances, we would naturally come out of this state when the threat is gone, but in our modern society, our stress is usually mental or emotional and we tend to remain in this state.
This stress then becomes chronic, and our digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, reproductive, and hormonal systems, as well as our brain, start to become negatively affected. Acupuncture can help us to come out of this state and into the “rest-and-digest” state that is governed by the Parasympathetic nervous system — necessary for optimal health and stress management.
Discover the benefits of acupuncture by booking an appointment with our Registered Acupuncturist, Alina Rehkopf.
Written by BeWell Staff