Stress can be a huge obstacle when it comes to maintaining optimal health. If your stress level is low, chances are your body will respond in positive ways. However, if your stress level is high, your body remains on a roller coaster ride of the fight or flight response. This can pull you in so many directions your mind and body may continually and unnecessarily be challenged.

Relieving stress with acupuncture has proven to be effective enough to tap into the body’s ability to balance itself. Rather than tamp down symptoms with mind and muscle numbing pharmaceuticals, acupuncture has shown some impressive results.

The Quick and Dirty of Stress

You may hear it a lot but you might not associate yourself with being a stressed person. Well, this condition is sneaky. It can creep up on you and stay there without you even knowing it until serious physical or mental conditions arise. When this happens, it is possible to fall into a cycle of conventional patch and fix attempts rather than getting to the root cause with naturopathic treatments like acupuncture.

Some obvious and not so obvious symptoms of stress include:

  • Jaw and neck pain
  • Skin outbreaks
  • Muscle tension
  • Dental problems
  • Weight gain
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Gastrointestinal challenges
  • Headaches
  • Anger
  • Nail biting
  • Constant illness

The list can go on but if these or other symptoms are chronic challenges due to stress, acupuncture treatment may help.

Studies Reveal Results

According to Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM), Qi or “chee” is the life energy force that runs through your body like powerful, pristine rivers. When these rivers are blocked by impeding energy, disease is believed to occur. The goal of acupuncture is to release these blockages and get your Qi running at full capacity once again.

Observational studies have repeatedly shown that the 5,000+ year old practice of gently placing hair thin needles along specific body lines (meridians) is beneficial to health, scientific studies are always a welcome addition to its validity.

The stress reducing effects of acupuncture were studied as a remedy for one of the highest considered stress levels there is today, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Once thought only as a condition of military trauma, PTSD has since been linked to many causes including domestic abuse, car accidents and even the life changing effects of divorce.

Researchers from the Deployment Health Clinical Center, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS) Department of Psychiatry, and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD, published a stress study in Medical Care (12/14) which concluded that,

“Acupuncture was effective for reducing PTSD symptoms. [] Acupuncture is a novel therapeutic option that may help to improve population reach of PTSD treatment.”

College stress is another form of pressure derived from work/play overload. Acupuncture sessions bring relief from lack of sleep as well as academic weight.

Work done at the ASU Health Services, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ found from a group study on acupuncture titled, ‘Effectiveness of Acupuncture Therapy on Stress in a Large Urban College Popupation’ published in the Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies (6/10/17) that,

“This study included 111 participants with high self-reported stress levels who either studied or worked at a large, urban public university in the southwestern United States. [] Both the groups received treatment [verum (traditional) or sham (random) acupuncture] once a week for 12 weeks. The Cohen’s global measure of perceived stress scale (PSS-14) was completed by each participant prior to treatment, at 6 weeks, at 12 weeks, and 6 weeks and 12 weeks post-treatment completion. While participants of both the groups showed a substantial initial decrease in perceived stress scores, at 12 weeks post treatment, the verum acupuncture group showed a significantly greater treatment effect than the sham acupuncture group. This study indicates that acupuncture may be successful in decreasing the perception of stress in students and staff at a large urban university, and this effect persists for at least 3 months after the completion of treatment.”

These two studies are amongst many which have been applied to acupuncture stress management throughout the decades since acupuncture came to western shores. Overall, the results are more often than not, corroborated.

Simpatico with Nature

Moving energy through the body is also connected with the ever flowing energy throughout your natural surroundings. Using acupuncture to rebalance you stress levels means rebalancing hormone and brain chemistry like cortisol, dopamine, serotonin and endorphins. When these are put back into a balanced state, you just may connect or re-connect with nature as well.

According to the CCM ancient text, the Neijing chapter 67 entitled,“The Great Treatise on the Evolutionary Movements of the Five Phases,” it was written,

“The Great Qi of the universe holds it suspended in space. The dry qi dries it, the heat qi steams it to maturity, the wind qi makes it move, the damp qi moistens it, the cold qi makes it firm, and the fire qi warms it. Wind and cold, therefore, are below, dry and heat are on top, damp is at the center, and fire roams in between. Thus the six qi penetrate the earth, and in this way the transformation of matter is initiated from the void.”

Acupuncture for stress management is an effective tool to get you through minor to major stress conditions. At Integrative Med Solutions, we will design an acupuncture and naturopathic treatment program that works for you. In many cases, insurance covers portions of the acupuncture treatment. Allow us to support you to achieve optimal health. To make an appointment for acupuncture in our Westchester, NY acupuncture clinic or to find out more about how acupuncture and naturopathic medicine can benefit you, please call our office at 914.337.2980 or Click Here to schedule an online appointment.

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