Stress has become somewhat of a buzzword in today’s society. “Are you stressed?” “Don’t stress” “Life is stressful at the moment”. With all life’s pressures can come burn out, fatigue, anxiety, depression, digestive issues, skin problems, insomnia or a myriad of other symptoms.

One of the greatest powers of acupuncture is its ability to mitigate our bodies’ stress responses*.

Stress is not merely a mental state; it manifests physically in the body. Acupuncture targets both the physical and mental aspects of stress, aiming to alleviate tension and promote relaxation. Here’s how acupuncture can contribute to stress relief:

  1. Regulating the Nervous System: Acupuncture influences the autonomic nervous system, which plays a crucial role in the body’s stress response. By promoting the parasympathetic nervous system (the “rest and digest” mode), acupuncture helps counterbalance the overactive sympathetic nervous system responsible for the “fight or flight” response and bring us back into our natural state of healing.
  2. Releasing Endorphins: The insertion of acupuncture needles triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good hormones. Endorphins not only act as painkillers but also have a calming effect on the mind, reducing stress and promoting a sense of well-being.
  3. Balancing Hormones: Chronic stress can disrupt hormonal balance in the body, leading to issues such as insomnia, anxiety, menstrual cycle imbalances and fatigue. Acupuncture is believed to regulate hormone levels, including cortisol, the primary stress hormone, helping the body regain equilibrium.
  4. Improving Sleep Quality: Many individuals struggling with stress also experience sleep disturbances. In current research, acupuncture has shown promise in improving sleep quality by addressing the underlying factors contributing to insomnia or irregular sleep patterns.

A Personalized Approach to Stress Relief:

One of the strengths of acupuncture is its personalized approach. Each individual’s experience of stress is unique, and our Chinese Medicine practitioners tailor treatments to address specific concerns. By considering the whole person – both physical and emotional aspects – acupuncture offers a holistic approach to stress relief.

If you are seeking treatment to help with stress, anxiety or your emotional wellbeing, we would love to work with you.

Dr Ivana Low