Acupuncture is a core practice of Chinese traditional medicine. For thousands of years it has been used in the treatment of countless maladies ranging from headaches, stomach issues, cramps, and a number of other things. One of the most effective uses of acupuncture for those of any age group is to help reduce stress and anxiety.

Traditionally, in China, Acupuncture was thought to stimulate points under the skin releasing “qi” or the flow of energy in the body. The qi travels through channels in the body called meridians and by freeing the flow of the qi it would enhance the body’s health.

Today in the west, there is a different approach. There are now acupuncture clinics in every major city and modern doctors believe that acupuncture stimulates the nerves at the point it is being used. The nerves send signals to the brain, and the brain releases higher levels of endorphins.

Endorphins are one of the body’s hormones and a potent natural painkiller. Endorphins lead to feelings of euphoria, greater sexual drive, and a stronger immune system. They are also one of the natural ways our bodies battle stress. The stimulation of endorphins creation with acupuncture is accomplished by the insertion of the tiny needles into specific points located throughout the body. It is essentially a pain-free process and comes with little to no risk. In professional acupuncture clinics like Dr. Acupuncture NYC, the needles used are sterile, pre-wrapped, and never reused. 

Stress is one of the most common health issues today affecting more Americans every year. Over 40 million US adults suffer from anxiety. Prescription medicines are being consumed at the highest rates ever, and yet people aren’t getting better. For many people when stress and anxiety kick in, it seems to take over the entire brain and body, blocking all other emotions and thoughts. Stress is a leading cause of weakening immune systems, lack of sleep and even disrupting relationships. Acupuncture can be an excellent alternative. Many patients have reported that with only one 30 minute session per week, they feel significant reductions in their anxiety levels within about 10 weeks.

It can be so useful because, yes, acupuncture stimulates the nerves which helps the brain to cope with stress. But also acupuncture is just helping the body do what the body should be doing. No outside chemicals or alterations are needed. This is the healthiest type of healing, especially when dealing with the mind, where it is a biochemical imbalance that makes us unable to reduce our own stress levels.

With a positive track record and more studies being conducted looking at the reasons behind the relationship between acupuncture and stress perhaps more Americans will see it as a viable alternative.

Do you live in the Greater Manhattan area and are looking for a way to reduce your stress?

Visit: Dr. Acupuncture NYC 80 Maiden Lane 9th Fl, New York NY 10038 (646) 965-6555