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How can acupuncture help to reduce stress level?

NATIONAL STRESS AWARENESS DAY 6th November 2013

How can acupuncture help to reduce stress level?

In our life time, everybody experiences stress whether it to be your studies, work, families, relationship, illness or just the day to day living. Some stresses are short lived and some aren’t. How long does it take for you to recover without it affecting your overall health and well being? Ultimately, long term stress causes emotional and physical health being to suffer.

Of course there is ‘the flight and flight response’ however, our society demands more and more on us. The fight and flight response does not always work in our modern society. The demanding boss, the sales/school grades targets, the mortgage, the not so understanding parents/partner/children, not enough hours in the day to do the things you want to do, the daily endless chores that need to be done  etc. Some of you might say this is normal living and cope well with it but some suffered from depression, anxiety, IBS, insomnia and worst case scenario suicidal thoughts. The daily demand of our ‘normal living’ has started to take a toll on our emotional and physical well being.

How does acupuncture work? In Chinese Medicine, stress is believed to interrupt the smooth flow of ‘Qi’. We believed that your body is like a network of ‘Qi’ a bit like a spaghetti junction. You need it to work perfectly with synchronised traffic lights, with appropriate road maintenance. Otherwise traffic starts to pile up and bridges start to collapse. Like the ‘collapse of the spaghetti junction’ some of you will start to experience depression, anxiety, insomnia, IBS, muscle aches, headaches, migraine,  digestion problems, fatigue, menstrual disorders etc.

Acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system and cause the release of the neurochemical which is secreted by the sympathetic nervous systems in humans.  This resulting biochemical changes influence the body’s homeostatic mechanisms promoting physical and emotional well being.

There is a recent study by Laden Eshkevari, George Town University, demonstrating how acupuncture can significantly reduce the stress hormones response in an animal model of chronic stress.

http://nhs.georgetown.edu/news/eshkevari-acupuncture-stress-study

If you are interested in how acupuncture can help you with your stress why don’t you call me for a free 15 minute consultation? 0118 9311 444

 

Author Kelly Yeo