Acupuncture Benefits for Relieving Anxiety and Stress

Posted by Anabel Castilla on September 15th, 2021

Acupuncture is a practice of traditional Chinese medicine which is based on stimulation of certain points of the body by inserting needles into the skin. Although it has been used since ancient times to treat pain, the World Health Organization recognizes it as effective for the treatment of at least 49 disorders, including anxiety and chronic stress.

There is much skepticism about the effectiveness of acupuncture and the lack of studies makes it consider alternative treatment, but with many followers in long-term anxiety and in preventive mode. It is based on the principle of Qi (pronounced \"chi\") of correcting problems with the flow of vital energy in the body caused by certain disorders. Although each patient is an individual case, in general, the following benefits are granted:

The acupuncture works immediately. Although each acupuncture session may have different results, in general, its benefits can be perceived very quickly. On the other hand, this technique can help you overcome other ailments, which is very positive for your general well-being.

Acupuncture benefits 

Decrease anxiety

Decrease the frequency of anxiety attacks. Acupuncture aims to establish changes in the lifestyle of the patient who can help you balance your mind, exercises such as yoga or Tai Chi.

Reduce physical and mental symptoms

It can reduce physical and mental symptoms of other existing problems in the patient. In traditional Chinese medicine, anxiety disorder is not perceived as a disorder in the brain, but as a malfunction in internal organs. In Chinese medicine, the organs and emotions are intimately connected. Organs can be affected by changes in diet, environment, lifestyle, or hereditary factors. For this reason, acupuncture links worry and excessive mental work with a disorder in the spleen. Acupuncture classifies the cause of disorders according to the degree to which individual organs demonstrate signs and symptoms and the degree to which their Chi is affected. In general, when it comes to anxiety, the organs that present the most problems are the spleen and the heart.

No side effects

Acupuncture lacks its own side effects of drugs; it does not involve the administration of any chemical to the organism. Acupuncture is an invasive little therapy as the needle insertion is performed on the surface layer of the skin and is not painful, although the effects may be noted at the level of internal organs.

Deals with the causes of the problem

Acupuncture is a focused practice to correct the cause of the problem and not just its symptoms, so it can be considered to \"cure\". It acts on the immune, hormonal, nervous, blood, emotional system, etc. with the aim of recovering the balance of the vital force in the patient.

As old as humanity

It is a technique almost as old as humanity since it has been used since the Neolithic. In the 19th century, acupuncture began to spread widely, beyond the East.

Suitable for everyone

Experts say that the acupuncture technique is suitable for everyone, even children. But there is an exception with respect to the technique with the needles because it should not be used by people who have changes in blood clotting, that is, who are on anticoagulant treatment.

Always choose the best practitioner

It goes without saying that when choosing a professional, it is advisable to look for good references about him and check the precautions taken with needles (which must be disposable). Asepsis (cleanliness) is essential in the place where acupuncture is performed.

Finally, it is important to note that, in many cases, although acupuncture can be very useful in relieving states of stress and anxiety, there are times when only the use of acupuncture is not enough to solve problems and, in more illnesses severe, the technique should be combined with conventional treatment. For this reason, it is totally advisable to follow a good medical control of the pathology to be treated, regardless of the use in conjunction with acupuncture.

Have you ever used acupuncture to relieve stress? Would you repeat your experience again? Tell us about your case, we want to know what you think!

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