How can you feel better in your body, relieve stress and help yourself feel more ease? Acupuncture is one powerful tool to help you thrive.
Acupuncture is an ancient system of medicine developed in China and other parts of Asia. Now in modern times it is used by millions of people around the world to support their health and well-being and help them dance with a wide range of conditions. While it is well known to help patients with physical pain, it is also a wonderful support for patients with stress, anxiety and depression.
Here are 5 Ways Acupuncture Can Help Relieve Stress
1. Acupuncture can help relieve stress by slowing the body’s production of stress hormones.
Whether acupuncture patients come in for back pain or emotional support, most report feeling less stressed and more peaceful after sessions. A 2013 study published in the Journal of Endocrinology showed that acupuncture slows the body’s production of stress hormones.
2. Acupuncture helps create a better ability to sleep.
A 2004 study published in the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences found that acupuncture increased the production of nocturnal melatonin and decreased anxiety and insomnia, which is one of the ways acupuncture can help relieve stress – if you are sleeping better, you can better manage day-to-day stress.
3. Acupuncture can help people relieve stress because they experience less resistance to making positive changes.
Over time many patients share that they feel less stuck in emotions, that they are better able to dance with the difficult situations in their life and they experience less resistance to making positive changes. For instance, a 2013 study showed that students who underwent a 20 minute acupuncture session had improved memory and less anxiety during testing.
4. Acupuncture can help people find it easier to shift thinking patterns and change their life stories.
Some patients find it easier to adopt healthier eating and exercise habits and find it easier to shift thinking patterns and change their life stories. Acupuncture can facilitate this transformation in thinking patterns which is another great way that acupuncture can help relieve stress since it helps people adopt changes that benefit them.
5. Acupuncture patients have greater mind-body awareness and a deeper awareness of the patterns in their life.
As a result of getting acupuncture, patients report that counseling sessions with their therapists become much more productive and some are even able to work with their doctors to reduce or lower their medications. This is another way that acupuncture can help relieve stress since being more productive in therapy helps clients develop better coping skills to manage life’s challenges.
Though acupuncture is a treatment with needles, we teach patients to balance their own energy through diet and lifestyle and observing how their body works. Together we uncover how their symptoms come and go. I teach them how to listen to their bodies, and give them tools to empower them to take charge of their own wellness. When delivered in this way, acupuncture can be a powerful compliment to counseling and a powerful form of self-care.
Meg Casey, M.Ac., L.Ac. is a licensed acupuncturist in Silver Spring where she helps her patients discover new possibilities on their journeys to health and wellness. To learn more about acupuncture and explore if it is right for you, you can visit her website at www.megcaseyacupuncture.com or reach out at 301-408-9873. You can also like Meg on Facebook to get bits of inspiration, information about Chinese medicine and empowering wellness practices.