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Can Acupuncture Reduce Stress?

Stress has become a prevalent health concern in the world today. Over time, high stress levels can increase your risk of health problems including heart disease, gastrointestinal problems, and diabetes, among others. Holistic treatment options can be particularly effective to help patients manage their stress levels and achieve greater overall wellbeing. 

Acupuncture is a popular holistic treatment that has been helping patients manage stress for thousands of years! It’s often combined with other treatment modalities at Mind Body Spirit Care to help patients reach their health goals. 

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a treatment rooted in ancient Chinese medicine that has been administered successfully for over 3,000 years. It’s safe, effective, and proven by modern research to reduce stress, and regulate hormones and neurotransmitters.

During acupuncture, very thin and sterile needles are inserted into acupuncture points on the body. This process releases tension and stimulates the flow of energy throughout the body. By unblocking the body’s energetic pathways, acupuncture can provide numerous health benefits, including lower stress levels.  

How Does Acupuncture Help With Stress?

In Chinese medicine, Qi refers to the body’s vital energy. Qi regulates the mental and physical processes in the body. Stress can cause Qi to become blocked and scattered, creating a loss of balance throughout the body.

Acupuncture stimulates and restores the flow of Qi throughout the body. This promotes relaxation and relief from tension, which can in turn, relieve stress. The relaxation provided by acupuncture can lower levels of the body’s main stress hormone, cortisol, while increasing the “feel good” hormones dopamine, epinephrine, and serotonin. 

If you’re interested in acupuncture for stress management and improved overall health, request an appointment at Mind Body Spirit Care today! Our experienced holistic and integrative medical team will help determine if acupuncture is right for you.