In today’s busy society people are stressed. Traffic during the daily commute is frustrating, the coworker who never seems to be on the same page is annoying. Your spouse just did what?! Plus, some people have to sit in traffic before we get home to cook dinner for our teenagers. By the time the day is over people just want to go to sleep, but they can’t due to chronic stress. That’s why we’re exploring the alternative method of acupuncture for stress relief.
Acupuncture For Stress Relief
Acupuncture isn’t seen a lot in the media and is often misunderstood as a strange practice. I mean, who wants needles in their face? However, in reality, acupuncture is an ancient medicinal practice that’s believed to relieve stress, pain, and anxiety.
You see everyone has their own qi which is essentially the existing life force that flows through their bodies. Your inner qi is connected with the natural flow of the universe and provides balance. Inside of your body you have pathways for your qi to circulate, these pathways or acupuncture points are called meridians. When one is blocked then our bodies become stressed, angry, depressed, and more.
A little stress is nothing to worry about. It’s a natural response system to something like a wolf popping out of the bushes. Stress makes our bodies become alert and releases cortisol to help us escape the wolf.
It’s chronic stress and too much cortisol in our system that’s bad because it can lead to detrimental effects on our health such as depression, high blood pressure, heart disease, insomnia, obesity, memory impairment, a decreased immune system, and more. All of these issues lead to more stress, creating a vicious cycle.
The act of acupuncture uses thin needs placed at meridians to get rid of whatever is blocking the flow of your inner chi to restore your body’s balance. The needles sort of wake up your nervous system and cause it to produce pain relieving hormones so your body will begin to heal itself. The hormones also reach your brain to stimulate the area that controls your emotion like stress.
Studies show that after undergoing acupuncture treatments people have lower levels of cortisol and other stress hormones in their blood, with higher levels of melatonin, serotonin, and dopamine.
These hormones are good because:
Melatonin is an all natural hormone that helps your body sleep and regulates when it should be asleep, preventing insomnia.
Serotonin is a hormone often found in the nervous system that promotes happiness and the sense of well-being. People generally feel less stressed and less depressed with higher levels of serotonin in their system.
Dopamine works as a neurotransmitter in the brain to control the reward and pleasure centers. It also helps to regulate moods. Usually, people with higher levels of dopamine in their system feel pleasant and more motivated to work towards a reward.
You shouldn’t feel nervous about trying acupuncture for yourself. It’s a pain-free process that’s very relaxing. As needles are inserted and left in the body patients lay on a comfortable table in a dimly light room as soothing music plays. The entire process is very relaxing.
Even though acupuncture is seen as an all-natural holistic approach to stress and pain relief, you should talk to your doctor about it being a possible treatment option for you. Also, definitely talk to your doctor before you stop taking any prescribed medications.
Try Acupuncture Today
You don’t need to be suffering from something like back or knee pain or have chronic stress, anxiety, or depression to give acupuncture a try. You can simply use it to relax as a form of you time, without the kids asking you 78 questions per minute.
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Allison Barfield is a content writer for Span Enterprises and has been writing since she first learned to hold a pencil, shortly after birth. After graduating from the University of South Carolina in 2013 with a B.A. in media arts she fell in love with marketing. She's been copy writing and managing multiple blogs ever since.