Chill Out with Acupuncture

IMG_1572In today’s fast paced world, everyone experiences stress from time to time. Stress is actually the body’s protective ‘fight or flight’ reaction to a threatening event.

While some stress is acceptable, too much unmanaged stress can accumulate and lead to health issues.  Physical problems such as headaches, back pain, high blood pressure and a weakened immune system can be attributed to stress over-load as well as emotional disorders such as anxiety and depression.  Long-term stress can have a profound impact on just about every system in your body and therefore  it can also be responsible for some cases of infertility, pre-menstrual syndrome and difficulties during menopause.

How Acupuncture Can Help

Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the oldest health system in the world. Tiny, disposable needles, as fine as a strand of hair are gently tapped under the skin on various places on the body in order to resolve pain and to improve and maintain health.  Basically acupuncture relieves pain, reduces inflammation and restores homeostasis, which is the body’s ability to maintain equilibrium.

Acupuncture works to promote proper blood flow.  This is an important point when you consider that the nutrients of the food we absorb, the oxygen we breathe, our hormones, natural pain-killers and anti-inflammatory substances, everything the body needs to heal itself, gets transported via the bloodstream.

Acupuncture can reduce stress.  Acupuncture calms the nervous system by regulating that ‘fight or flight’ response activity in the brain.  Studies have shown that chemicals such as cortisol, which are present in the blood in response to stress, decrease after acupuncture.  Isn’t that amazing? Moreover, acupuncture stimulates the release of oxytocin, a hormone that activates the parasympathetic nervous system,  otherwise known as the ‘rest and digest system’,paving the way to a state of serenity, bliss and optimal health!

Getting acupuncture can actually be a very relaxing experience.  Many patients doze off during treatment and report that they feel very calm and focused for days afterward. While there are many studies confirming the efficacy of acupuncture,science is at a loss to explain just how it works.  When you consider that so many illnesses feature some degree of pain,chronic inflammation and suppression of the parasympathetic nervous system, you can begin to understand why acupuncture can treat so many conditions.