Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to relieve and even prevent various conditions from migraines to chronic physical pain. It’s used by millions of British people each year for aches and pains, but it can also be beneficial for mental disorders such as depression and anxiety. In the UK, 44% of the population have encountered problems with long-term stress. At Shulan we’re dedicated to providing an alternative remedies for stress and anxiety.
What are the symptoms of stress and anxiety?
Stress and anxiety isn’t just about feeling pressured – there’s quite a few symptoms to watch out for:
- Physical: Adrenaline, the “fight or flight” chemical, is pumped around the body, raising your blood pressure, increases your heart rate and increases perspiration. It can also reduce blood flow to the skin and affect digestion. If not dealt with properly, too much adrenaline can cause headaches, nausea, indigestion and palpitations
- Emotional: Stress and anxiety affects your emotions. You may feel fear, anger, frustration and even depression.
- Behavioural: You, or those around you, may notice your behaviour changes. Common behavioural changes caused by stress include becoming withdrawn, lower libido, aggression, impulsive decisions, sleep problems and indecisiveness.
How does Acupuncture work for stress and anxiety?
Acupuncture emphasises the importance of balance within the body. If your life energy (or chi/Qi) is unbalanced or blocked, acupuncture can help bring back the balance and harmony. There are over 350 acu-points situated on the body and, when the fine needles are inserted in some of them, the symptoms of stress and anxiety can be reduced. How does this work? Read this link for more detail about how acupuncture can reduce your anxiety!
It’s not uncommon for patients to fall asleep on the treatment table when undergoing an acupuncture session! This is because acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins (the “feel-good” chemical). Endorphins are hormones that act as a natural pain-reliever, sending a message to the autonomic nervous system to lower the release of the stress chemical cortisol. Acupuncture may also increase the neuropeptides melatonin, serotonin and dopamine – which calms the mind and relaxes muscles and organs.
Acupuncture for stress and anxiety relief can be a healthier option than SSRI’s (selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors) prescribed by doctors. SSRI’s carry the risk of side effects such as insomnia, digestive complaints, rashes, lower libido and nausea – which is why SSRI’s are given out in the first place. Acupuncture can be a cleaner, more effective alternative.
For more information visit the following link: Acupuncture Courses