Stress is a natural part of life, but with our seemingly never-ending hectic lifestyles, we are more stressed out than ever!
You can use various techniques to relieve stress, such as yoga, meditation, acupuncture, and more. You may want to try several methods of de-stressing to find the way that's best for you.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing art involving fine needles at exact pressure points throughout the body. The needles stimulate the body's natural healing processes in its energy system.
How Does It Work?
Acupuncturists believe that energy flows through the body system through channels called meridians. This energy is called Qi or Chi.
Stress causes an imbalance in the body's energy and causes it to flow improperly. The Qi can become blocked and stagnant. It must be unblocked and flow freely to restore harmonious balance to the body.
By stimulating the appropriate acupressure points, the Qi can flow freely, thereby alleviating stress-induced mental and physical symptoms.
Is It Safe?
Acupuncture is perfectly safe when performed by a licensed practitioner. Acupuncturists are trained in the treatment methods and ensure sterilization of all instruments to prevent any infection risk.
The Food and Drug Administration approved non-toxic needles made for single-use application just for use in acupuncture treatments. The majority of people who undergo acupuncture feel no pain at all. A small percentage may feel very minimal discomfort. Bleeding rarely occurs.
Acupuncture can relieve the physical symptoms of stress that accumulate in the neck, shoulders, and back, causing pain and tension. Headaches are another physical complaint resulting from stress. Frequently, people who are under high levels of stress have high blood pressure.
Acupuncture can relieve physical symptoms, such as tense muscles, and even help to lower blood pressure. Acupuncture leaves the body feeling calm and relaxed. An added benefit of acupuncture is that it improves the circulation of the blood throughout the body.
A typical acupuncture session may last for 30 to 60 minutes. The patient will become very relaxed during the treatment and may even fall asleep.
Regular acupuncture treatments can help strengthen your body, so you're better able to deal with the day-to-day stresses of life. Acupuncture can also leave you feeling refreshed and energized.
Stress-Related Health Conditions
Regular acupuncture treatments can help heal stress-related health conditions and improve the body's immunity to defend against potential illnesses.
In fact, in some cases, acupuncture used to treat one condition can help detect another, more severe illness not been previously identified. In such cases, acupuncture aids in early diagnosis and treatment.
In another capacity, acupuncture can serve as a preventive measure against illness by alleviating stress and strengthening the body.
The Mind-Body Connection
Acupuncture serves to treat the mind and body as a whole system. Conventional medicine has come to accept that the mind affects the body. The mental system affects the physical. Stress is a perfect example of the interrelated connection between the body and mind.
The mind perceives life situations, and the body reacts to them based on the mind's perception. If the mind perceives a threat, the body immediately prepares for a flight or fight response in which the heart beats faster, and the muscles tighten, just as with stress.
Remember, acupuncture is just one method of relieving stress. It's also essential to learn productive ways to cope with anxiety daily, thereby making the stress work for you rather than against you.
Find your combination of de-stressing methods that work for you, and use them often to enjoy a happier and healthier life.