We all have very busy lives and we all have stressful moments from time to time. If stress and anxiety starts to linger or even cause us to feel depressed, then it is time to seek some help. In my practice, I have found that Acupuncture is extremely effective with helping the mental and physical symptoms that come up with anxiety and depression. Here are a few reasons why acupuncture might help:

The physiological response in the body:

Stress can cause an imbalance of our body’s internal energy, which we call Chi. Chi flows through the body through invisible channels called meridians and when in balance our systems work! Pain is not present and our mood is light. But when the Chi becomes blocked or deficient then we can experience mental and physical symptoms. Placing needles in specific points helps move the Chi in the body.

Anxiety and depression can elicit both emotional and physical symptoms.

Emotional symptoms include feeling overwhelmed, agitated, or moody, trouble quieting the mind, and feelings of worthlessness that then lead to avoiding social situations and other people.

Physical symptoms include lack of energy, headache, digestion issues, body aches and pains, rapid heartbeat, insomnia, nervousness, frequent sickness, and cold sweats.

Acupuncture releases natural painkillers. Inserting a needle sends a signal through the nervous system to the brain, where chemicals such as endorphins, norepinephrine and enkephalin are released.

If you suffer from feelings of anxiety and depression, talk to your acupuncturist to develop the appropriate treatment plan. Studies have shown that the right “dose” of acupuncture was the key in helping patients see results and a reduction of the symptoms of stress and depression.

“Dose” is defined as both the number of treatment sessions overall, as well as the number of acupuncture points addressed in each session. Research has also shown that acupuncture can help to get heart rate variability back to an optimal range which helps improve issues with heart disease, hypertension, anxiety and depression, insomnia, migraines, and muscle pain — all physical signs of stress.

In addition to regular acupuncture treatments, your practitioner can also recommend herbal supplements and nutrition and dietary changes that can also get your energy back in balance. Do not suffer another day.

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Carola Cooper

Dr. Carola Cooper AP, LMT

Acupuncture Physician

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