Stress and anxiety have become conditions that plague us all at one time or another. According to the NY Times, “Last year, Americans reported feeling stress, anger and worry at the highest levels in a decade, according to a survey, of more than 150,000 people around the world. In the United States, about 55 percent of adults said they had experienced stress a lot of the day, compared with just 35 percent globally.”
Chronic stress keeps us on constant alert and can begin to take a toll on the body and elevate the risk for numerous conditions. Some of the most common conditions that are associated with stress and anxiety are:
- Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation, and nausea
- Aches, pains, and tense muscles
- Chest pain and rapid heartbeat
- Frequent colds and infections
- Loss of sexual desire and/or ability
- Difficulty losing weight/obesity
Many people who experience chronic stress and anxiety are eventually prescribed medication to alleviate their symptoms.
They may have tried deep breathing, counseling, meditation, or other common suggestions as an anecdote to their anxiety, and found no relief. Often, these medications cause side effects that may exacerbate the symptoms that the patient was already experiencing.
Acupuncture has been treating stress and anxiety for thousands of years and now is becoming a trusted alternative in the US, to the modern medical approach. Acupuncture calms the nervous system and promotes healing by inserting thin needles into certain points on your body that, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), are related to anxiety. The needles stimulate the nervous system and release chemicals that can alter the body’s ability to process stress and positively influence brain chemistry.
There is a common misconception that acupuncture is painful which may discourage people from giving it a try. Recently, we’ve been hearing patients refer to the experience of acupuncture as feeling “blissed out”. As someone who has been treated with acupuncture, I have to agree! There is no other way to describe the deep relaxation that washes over your body and mind during an acupuncture session. Once patients get past the idea of being treated with needles, they allow for the healing to begin. Most often, an acupuncture practitioner comes back into the treatment room to check on a patient and they have fallen asleep, succumbing to the effects of this ancient healing technique. In a warm room, with soft lighting, aromatherapy, and soft music it’s hard not to feel better.
Many people are thrilled to experience immediate relief from their symptoms of stress and anxiety after just one session of acupuncture. Often, to find lasting results from chronic symptoms, patients will need consecutive sessions. Countless people who have struggled to find a solution to this common condition find their symptoms dissipate with each consecutive treatment. For more information about how acupuncture can help you, contact us.