How Can Acupuncture Help with Stress?
Stress is a major concern in many countries around the world, thanks to a myriad of impacts and issues. Stress is a silent killer. It can play havoc on the mind and body, and impact both personal and professional relationships.
Untreated stress can develop into anxiety or depression that can result in energy blockages and may affect digestion, blood pressure, and ability to sleep. Aches and pains are some of the most common complaints that result from increased levels of stress.
Many stress medications available on the market have side effects or are extremely addictive. Many people, who want to avoid these adverse effects, use acupuncture as an alternative to manage and reduce stress.
Acupuncture is used for a variety of conditions, not just stress. Various studies have shown that acupuncture may significantly improve symptoms of stress. Acupuncture in Sonoma County works to release endorphins and other natural pain-killing chemicals.
Acupuncture improves blood circulation which improves throughout the body, tissues start receiving ample oxygen. Acupuncture has a very calming effect and induces relaxation. Many people start experiencing the benefits of acupuncture after the first few treatments.
Acupuncture does not have any serious side effects. Some people may experience mild pain or discomfort after a session, however, any soreness from acupuncture typically dissipates within 24 hours.
Studies have found that acupuncture may prevent or decrease the activation of the stress response. A 2002 study of heart failure patients concluded that acupuncture helps reduce stress.
A randomized trial control published in 2017 studied the effects of sham acupuncture vs. actual acupuncture. Subjects were divided into two groups where the first group received sham acupuncture and the second group received actual acupuncture. The perceived stress scores of participants in both groups decreased substantially within the first few weeks.
At 12 weeks post treatment, the group that received actual acupuncture reported a significantly greater treatment effect than the group that received sham acupuncture. Researchers also noted that the positive effects of acupuncture can persist for at least three months after completion of treatment.
Acupuncture can help shift the body into rest and relax mode which speeds up the healing process. Many studies have shown that acupuncture addresses the adverse effects of stress such as insomnia, high blood glucose levels, and high blood pressure.
Want to try acupuncture for stress? Look no further than Acupuncture Mama. We use acupuncture in Sonoma County to restore the body’s natural balance and preserve your well-being. To make an appointment with a board-certified acupuncturist, call (707) 303-7200.