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Dealing with Stress with Acupuncture

What is Stress?

Stress is a natural response in the body, symptoms like increased heart rate and blood pressure, heightened focus are a few examples of increased stress in the body. However, this is not always a negative reaction. Healthy stress can occur through physical exercise, riding roller coasters or playing games. In the past, our stress response was to protect ourselves during times of danger, the fight or flight response.

Chronic Stress

However, when stress becomes constant, these stress chemicals can cause harm over time. When chronic stress occurs, your body gets stuck in this "fight or flight" mode, and your body gets depleted in its resources.

Studies have shown that chronic stress can lead to: anger, lowered immune system, digestive issues, heart diseases, trouble sleeping and weight problems.

Acupuncture as Stress Relief

Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have been using acupuncture and other treatments to treat stress for thousands of years. TCM theory believes in using needles to restore your body's energy trigger points. The body's flow of energy, Qi, becomes blocked when there are problems in the body, and TCM practitioners use different treatments to help restore the proper flow of energy throughout.

Acupuncture helps reduce pain and inflammation, which are both signs of chronic stress. Acupuncture treatments also provide a meditative time of relaxation. In addition to the insertion of needles on specific points, you would rest for about 30 minutes, allowing for relaxation of your whole body. The needle insertion also stimulates your body to release endorphins, a natural pain killer, which allows you to feel relaxed and happy.

During your treatment, your practitioner will also suggest you treatment and lifestyle changes that can enhance treatment benefits. Proper eating and sleeping habits, while exercising and meditating can help promote a healthy and balanced mind and body.


Seeking Treatment

Interested in TCM? UEWM Clinic offers TCM treatments like acupuncture, tuina and herbal medicines. Look at our Specialists's page to learn more.

Read our other blog posts to see what other ailments UEWM Clinic treats and how acupuncture can be a beneficial treatment for you.

Talk to your doctor to see if acupuncture may be a good option for you, or schedule with UEWM Clinic here.

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