Acupuncture For Stress And Anxiety
At one time or another, we all experience of times stress and/or anxiety. These feelings are a healthy response to events in our lives that may feel beyond our control. When we are healthy and the stress is short-lived, we are usually able to recover without too much wear and tear to our overall health. However, when the stress is extreme, or if it lasts a long time, our emotional health and ultimately, our physical health begin to suffer.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) describes an energy force called Qi that regulates the body’s overall health. Just like the blood in our circulatory system, Qi moves throughout the body via pathways called meridians. Qi can also be described as the metabolic functions or chemical reactions that are constantly taking place in the body. When factors like injury, stress, anxiety or depression, poor nutrition disrupt the flow of Qi, health issues often follow. By inserting needles at specific points in the body, acupuncture can help restore the balance of Qi and the help the body's natural ability to heal itself.
Depending on which points are chosen and where the needles are inserted, acupuncture can cause the nervous system to produce painkilling chemicals, jump-start the body’s natural ability to heal itself, or stimulate the part of the brain that controls emotions, including anxiety. As a result this can help people feel more balanced and treat a variety of illnesses/side effects associated with anxiety such as insomnia, digestive issues
People treated with acupuncture often see results after one session, and the results improve with continued treatment. Acupuncture can be used as a stand alone treatment for in conjunction with other therapies, medications and treatments.
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