Stress is one of the most common problems in the western world today. Work, relationships and money can all cause worry and anxiety which result in both mental and physical symptoms.
Of course, it's not possible to live in a major city in the US and just "avoid stress." At the very least the cost of living and the population density are taking a toll on all of us. So good stress management strategies are essential to a happy and healthy life.
The simple answer is YES!
Stress can have both emotional and physical symptoms. Feeling anxious, upset or worried, tired during the day but unable to sleep at night, having digestive problems, low immunity, even chest pains and palpitations are all symptoms of too much stress. Acupuncture has been proven effective as a treatment for all of those symptoms.
The reason that acupuncture is so effective at treating stress, is that it considers the mind and body as a whole. It views that emotional disturbances can result in physical symptoms and vice versa. By treating the root cause of the problem, wherever it lies, other symptoms throughout the rest of the body should also be resolved.
Having acupuncture is also an extremely relaxing experience in itself. Lying down with your eyes closed, paying attention to the sensations in your body gives you a feeling close to a deep meditation. Most people leave the clinic feeling both relaxed and revitalized.
Acupuncture has a number of different effects on the body and the brain. It affects the central nervous system and triggers the release of endorphins. These are the brain's natural “feel-good”chemicals. They reduce stress and give a feeling of general well-being.
In addition to these biological effects, just taking time out of your day to do something for yourself can be hugely beneficial. After your treatment, your acupuncturist may also recommend that you try some stress management activities to stay on top of things between sessions.