Does Acupuncture Work For Anxiety And Stress?

A very common reason to seek acupuncture treatment in Burnaby is to help with anxiety and stress. It is an excellent treatment to consider when you need to release stress and anxiety or to help manage the additional symptoms that come up when you are feeling stressed or anxious. 


What is Acupuncture?

In Chinese Medicine, everything works together, so your emotions impact your body and your body impacts your day to day, and your day to day impacts your body and emotions. In Chinese Medicine, patterns matter, so the patterns in your life will be explored. 

Acupuncture in Burnaby involves the insertion of very thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body.


How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture activates acupoints and the meridians they’re a part of. Practitioners will tell you that acupuncture stimulates the Qi (basically, energy) in a meridian (sort of like a path through the body) and increases or decreases energy where it’s needed to create balance. Science has various opinions, arguing that acupuncture works through skin resistance, electrical resistance, activating the vascular system, or even that it directly impacts the neurology of a person.

Most importantly, though, in study after study, acupuncture keeps showing that it does work, whether or not we can find the English words to explain it.


How Does Acupuncture Treat Anxiety And Stress?

Some say it’s endorphins being released that allow ‘feel-good chemicals to flood the system. Some say it triggers other chemicals that allow the body to heal. Some say that anything piercing the skin will send the body’s healing chemicals (white blood cells, platelets, and things like that) to that area. Some say it balances the electrical signals in the body. Some say it balances the lymph system.

An acupuncturist or TCM Practitioner will tell you the thing that covers all of the above and then some: acupuncture balances your meridians, which allows your organs, body, senses, and emotions to balance along with them. This helps to move stress out of your body and remove old thought patterns that create anxiety. By moving this energy out of your way, your system is then able to move through stressful thoughts and situations that previously created anxiety in you much easier.


What Else Does Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture can also treat many other concerns and conditions. Here are some of them:

● Chemotherapy-induced and postoperative nausea and vomiting

● Dental pain

● Fibromyalgia

● Headaches, including tension headaches and migraines

● Labour pain

● Lower back pain

● Neck pain

● Osteoarthritis

● Menstrual cramps

● Respiratory disorders, such as allergic rhinitis

● Tennis elbow

As you can see, there are many ways that acupuncture can help your system but the primary treatment rebalances the energy flow throughout your body so that your body can heal itself. You can use acupuncture to relieve old patterns and thoughts that are keeping you stuck in stress, anxiety and even physical pain.

Consider booking an appointment for acupuncture in Burnaby to see great results and watch your stress and anxiety melt away.

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