Do Christmas holidays, family get-togethers, too much work, too many bills, along with the end of the year, or other issues have you stressed out? Whatever the cause of the stress, Chinese theory is that stress, anxiety, depression, or any strong emotion interrupts the smooth flow of energy throughout the body.
According to the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine, energy flows through our body through a ‘network’. Excessive stress, anger, or other intense emotion acts like a traffic jam, blocking the free flow of energy in the body, or its ‘energy network’. Over time the blocking of energy flow in our bodies has the effect of us not feeling well, us having aches and pains, and in time, can create, or intensify, a wide variety of illness.
Stress often leads to illness
As one example, often times people who are very stressed may complain of upper back, shoulder and neck pain. The stress is causing tension and blocking the free flow of energy in those areas, resulting in pain, tightness, and often leading to headaches. Stress can have a negative effect on all parts of the body. Some areas that are often seen to be affected a lot are the areas of digestion, the ability to sleep, pain conditions, and blood pressure. Stress can also aggravate any other already troublesome health condition.
Acupuncture helps with stress
Through the use of acupuncture, energy blockages can be addressed. Acupuncture points serve as the on and off ramps to the ‘network of energy highways in the body, and can help energy flow smoothly, and alleviate not only the symptoms of stress and anxiety, but the stress and anxiety itself.
From a Western medicine viewpoint, acupuncture works to alleviate stress by releasing natural pain-killing chemicals in the brain, called endorphins. In addition, acupuncture improves circulation of blood throughout the body, which oxygenates body tissues and helps to push out cortisol, and other waste chemicals. Acupuncture also has a calming effect and works to decrease heart rate, lower blood pressure and relax the muscles.
Don’t let stress build up and create problem health issues. Along with exercise, good diet, and other stress-reducing techniques, plan to schedule an acupuncture appointment before stress can get the upper hand.