Stress and Anxiety

My patients notice significant improvements in stress and anxiety levels in less than 1 week, with many symptoms disappearing in 4 to 6.

Stress is a state of being that over time can have a serious physical impact on our health. Continuous stress can cause physical pain, insomnia, high blood pressure and a number of other problems. The cycle of stress can be hard to break because as the body tries to adapt to all the demands being placed on it, our energy is depleted. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine provide a gentle and holistic approach to reduce stress and restore the body back to its natural equilibrium.

In Chinese medicine, stress and anxiety interrupt the smooth flow of energy throughout the body. According to Chinese medicine, energy flows through our body through a network of channels, almost like a highway system. Stress, anger, or any intense emotion acts like a traffic jam, blocking the free flow of energy in the body.

For example, many people experiencing stress complain of upper back, shoulder and neck pain. This is due to stress causing high tension in those areas, blocking the free flow of energy, causing pain, tightness, and headaches. Through acupuncture, theses energy blockages can be addressed. Acupuncture points serve as the “on and off ramps” to the energy highway, and can help energy flow smoothly, alleviating not only the symptoms of stress and anxiety, but the stress and anxiety itself.

From a Western viewpoint, acupuncture successfully alleviates stress by releasing natural pain-killing chemicals in the brain, called endorphins. In addition, acupuncture improves circulation of blood throughout the body, which oxygenates the tissues and cycles out cortisol and other waste chemicals. The calming nature of acupuncture also decreases heart rate, lowers blood pressure and relaxes the muscles.

If you are feeling anxious or the effects of too much stress are bothering you then please make an appointment to see me, I will help you get your body back into balance.

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