With modern daily life becoming increasingly demanding, stress is a communal patient complaint with a variety of other associated symptoms. The most prevalent of these is anxiety. The feeling of fatigue, uneasiness, worry, and fear are not only distracting to daily life but also prevent optimal function and can eventually strain mental health.
Since there is no magical one-time treatment that instantly reduces all stress, it becomes a habitual part of your lifestyle that can eventually become your daily norm if left untreated. When seeking therapy for stress and anxiety the selection of substance or alcohol, sleep aids, antidepressants, and counselling may not offer a real solution to reducing stress. The consumption of antidepressants, although often prescribed to reduce stress, has certain benefits and other health risks which may cause long-term physiological dependence.
How Acupuncture can help Stress and Anxiety
Researchers believe acupuncture can stimulate the nervous system and cause the release of neurochemical messenger molecules. The resulting biochemical changes influence the body’s homeostatic mechanisms, thus promoting physical and emotional well-being. Researches have shown that acupuncture treatments may specifically benefit anxiety disorders and symptoms of anxiety.
Although acupuncture can provide a holistic and effective tool for stress, it will not change the circumstances of a person’s life, but produces a feeling of well-being. Generally, we will first identify each individual’s unique energy profile to see where aspects are strong and where support is needed in order to restore energy balance. From TCM diagnosis we will choose relevant treatment methods to help restore balance and protect health.
As the heavy feelings of stress are relieved, a person feels more confident in their ability to cope with unpleasant aspects of their life situations and are able to make positive changes.