Acupuncture For Stress In A Changing World

I see many people for Anxiety and Depressive fatigue. Acupuncture has become a very sought out modality for those who suffer from stress and anxiety. Young people, especially seem to suffer from anxiety the most. The daily pressures. Difficulty in connecting with peers due to the age of the internet, people are feeling much more isolated and working very hard. The economy is not propagating confidence and young and old alike feel that their futures are precarious. The planet’s demise is on all of our minds.

Acupuncture and herbs help curb stress. How? It works on both the Heart and the Liver meridian. The heart is responsible for Shen, Spirit. The Liver is responsible for how we take in stress and move it thru our bodies. Liver Qi can become stagnant when too many stressors are presented to the body. Stagnant Qi causes outbursts and crying jags and rage. A woman who becomes moody and low due to PMS is a perfect example of stuck liver Qi.

You can liken the blocked Liver meridian to a swampy stuck bog and the meridian needs to be cleared allowing vital energy to flow and help that particular organ, the liver in this instance, to work better. The emotion associated with the liver is anger. Anger turned inward is depression.

The Heart Meridian needs to be calmed and in this instance, it is about calming spirit. As mentioned before the heart is directly related to the well-being of the Spirit.   

When a patient receives a treatment there is often an immediate calm felt on the Acupuncture table, a hormonal shift. A slowing down. The whole system is very much affected by acupuncture

There is a 2013 article in the Journal of Endocrinology of a study done at Georgetown University Medical Center which showed that “ Rats who endured stress conditions and then received acupuncture had lowered blood hormone levels secreted by the hypothalamus pituitary adrenal axis which controls reactions to stress and regulates processes like the immune system, digestion, emotions, sexuality, and moods.”

So many symptoms arise from stress, anxiety, and low-grade depression. TCM can help with the symptoms that are by-products of anxiety, such as, digestive issues, PMS, insomnia, and rage.

Try Chinese medicine and see if it works for you.

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