At some point, we are all likely to encounter stress in our lives. In many cases this stress can begin to affect our lives on a day to day basis. When this constant stress is left untreated, it can lead to various undesirable problems. Conditions such as increased blood pressure, depression and even cancer have been linked to the problem of long term stress; so if you are amongst the many people that suffer from it, it is important to consider some form of treatment. Patients with stress have found that acupuncture helps. In general, acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system and cause the release of neurochemical messenger molecules. The resulting biochemical changes influence the body’s homeostatic mechanisms, thus promoting physical and emotional well-being.
Alleviate your stress levels
“When I first visited Denise I was suffering from anxiety, stress and feelings of exhaustion. I imagined that I was dying from cancer, or heart disease. I had lots of medical tests, which showed that I was fine but I could not believe it. Denise spent time listening to me explaining that I was suffering from anxiety. After a few acupuncture treatments I realized that my work in the city was the problem. I was a square peg in a round hole and I was unhappy. Acupuncture allowed me to see the wood for the trees. I left my work and trained as a paramedic. I no longer suffer from those terrible symptoms. I am relaxed and happy and by the way I love my job!! Thank you so much Denise”
Jonathan Howard, paramedic
“During the financial crisis of the 1990’s I was working in the financial services and dealing with Lloyds names. Wealthy people and good friends lost lots of money, some were bankrupt. I ended up in the priory after a nervous breakdown and I underwent counselling. I only improved so much but still felt very sad and stressed suffering with insomnia and tearfulness. I had visited Denise years before with a back problem and I remember that she was trained as an acupuncturist. After a few treatments I felt happy again, my counsellors couldn’t believe how quickly things changed for the better. I am eternally grateful to you Denise”
Research has shown that acupuncture treatment may specifically benefit stress/anxiety disorders and symptoms of anxiety by:
Acting on areas of the brain known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, as well as promoting relaxation.
Regulating levels of neurotransmitters (or their modulators) and hormones such as serotonin, noradrenaline, dopamine, GABA, neuropeptide Y and ACTH; hence altering the brain’s mood chemistry to help to combat negative affective states (Lee 2009’, Samuels 2008, Zhou 2008, and Yuan 2007).
Stimulating production of endogenous opioids that affect the autonomic nervous system (Arranz 2007). Stress activates the sympathetic nervous system, which initiates the relaxation response.
Reversing pathological changes in levels of inflammatory cytokines that are associated with anxiety (Arranz 2007).
Reversing stress-induced changes in behaviour and biochemistry (Kim 2009).
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Zhou Q et al. The effect of electro-acupuncture on the imbalance between monoamine neurptransmitters and GABA in the CNS of rats with chronic emotional stress-induced anxiety. Int J Clinical Acupuncture 2008; 17: 79-84.
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Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese technique that has been used for thousands of years. Countless studies have shown how affective it is in relieving symptoms such as stress.
In addition, acupuncture improves circulation of blood throughout the body, which oxygenates the tissues and cycles out cortisol and other waste chemicals. The calming nature of acupuncture also decreases heart rate, lowers blood pressure and relaxes the muscles. If you too suffer from stress why not come along for some treatment.