Acupuncture and TCM to Treat Stress

The body is designed to react to threats, real or perceived. Energy is directed away from normal functioning so it can be used to ward off a potential threat .The sympathetic nervous system (which branches from the central nervous system) is triggered into a 'fight or flight' response. This can have an effect on our digestive and respiratory systems, our hormonal system and impact our cardiovascular and reproductive systems.

While this natural reaction is effective at preparing the body for a real threat, stress, experienced over time, produces the same affects on the body. Cortosil (a stress hormone) is elevated, blood pressure increases and immune function is impaired. The impact of this, physically, and emotionally can manifest as a range of conditions. Some of these include:

Low energy


Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation, and nausea

Aches, pains, and tense muscles

Chest pain and rapid heartbeat


Frequent colds and infections

Loss of sexual desire and/or ability

Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)

Constant worrying

Racing thoughts

Forgetfulness and disorganization

Inability to focus

From a Chinese Medicine perspective if stress is experienced over a prolonged period of time it has the effect of interrupting the natural flow of energy in the body. In Chinese medicine, energy flows along channels in the body. These energy channels (meridians) are mapped throughout the body, consisting of main channels and branch into secondary channels.  An interruption in the natural flow of this energy due to stress in one part of the body can impact other parts of the body. 

If the natural flow of energy is impeded (as a result of stress) then the body fails to function in its natural state of health. 

Acupuncture uses fine needles to unblock energy so that it can flow freely in the body. This is effective at alleviating not only the symptoms of stress, but stress itself. Acupuncture is often combined with acupressure (therapeutic Chinese massage) as both together can achieve best results. Herbal remedies can also help facilitate treatment administered in our clinics.

Acupuncture is fast acting and differences are often experienced after the first treatment.

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