According to the American Institute of Stress, over 70% of Americans experience physical and sometimes psychological symptoms brought on by stress regularly.
A recent study suggests that about half of the people who suffer from anxiety brought on by stress use some kind of holistic therapy to help with their symptoms. Acupuncture for stress relief is one of the more popular holistic treatments.
Part of the reason people might be attracted to holistic care for stress or anxiety is the perspective found in most integrative therapy approaches. This perspective takes into account the complex nature of stress and anxiety disorders and the numerous reasons why people experience them. The effects of acupuncture for stress relief are often significant compared to conventional treatments.
You see, stress affects the entire body often resulting in depression, lack of sleep, memory loss, and/or concentration problems. When you are stressed, the body releases a hormone called cortisol, often referred to as the stress hormone. Cortisol increases your heart rate and blood pressure, often wreaking havoc on the body as a whole: from your digestive system leading to dramatic and unhealthy weight gains/losses to the cardiovascular system resulting in heart disease & hypertension (high blood pressure).
Researchers have discovered the use of acupuncture for stress relief “…blocks the chronic, stress-induced elevations of hormones released by the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland, and the adrenal gland.” Simply put, acupuncture for stress relief targets specific zones of your body stimulating your body’s release of endorphins, lowering your body’s cortisol levels, while simultaneously increasing the release of “feel good” hormones such as serotonin and dopamine, resulting in feelings of pleasure, happiness, and even love.
In other words, acupuncture balances out the body’s nervous system, lowering widespread stress, improving mental clarity, focus, and energy while simultaneously promoting feelings of euphoria and joy.
During these crazy times, I’m sure all of us could use a little more energy, pleasure, happiness, and love. Interested in trying acupuncture for stress relief? Give us a call today to schedule a consultation.