At our Clinic in Guildford we find acupuncture can really help if you are suffering from stress.
All of us experience stress from time to time. Work, money problems, being chased by a lion, public speaking can all cause pressure. Feeling stressed is a result of not coping with the pressure.
20% of visits to a GP are due to stress, anxiety and depression.
People react differently to stress. It can affect how your body works and how you feel or think.
Common signs of stress are sleeping and eating problems, muscle tension, headaches, dizziness. You can feel anxious, have panic attacks, palpitations or find it difficult to concentrate due to stress.
When you are under stress your body produces stress hormones such as cortisol which are useful if you’re running away from a lion. If you are under stress for a long period of time your stress hormone levels fail to return to normal. This lowers your immune response and leads to symptoms of stress.
Stress can cause serious illness. It is important to recognise the symptoms and find healthy ways to cope. Many people adopt unhealthy coping habits such as smoking or drinking. Learning to relax, regular exercise and meditation can help. Doctors often use drugs to control the symptoms of stress. Most of them have unwanted side effects.
ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT OF STRESS
Acupuncture is very effective in reducing stress. We see lots of people with problems linked with stress, for example, pain, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, migraines.
It is believed that acupuncture stimulates the nervous system. It helps levels of feel-good hormones like serotonine and dopamine. This leads to a relaxation response.
In Chinese medicine it is believed that stress and negative emotions affect the smooth flow of Qi (energy) in the body. For example, anger affects the Liver energy and fear reduces Kidney energy. Acupuncture helps these energy blockages . The healing effects include slower heart rate, muscle relaxation, lower blood pressure etc.
We can also help you learn a relaxation technique that suits you .Eating better also reduces your stress levels,for example, avoiding caffeine, refined sugar and alcohol.
Many of our clients who use acupuncture for pain and other symptoms find that they start feeling more relaxed and sleep better.
Read here for more about what we can treat with acupuncture.