Seattle Acupuncture and Pain Management treats Stress and Anxiety with acupuncture
Conditions Treated » Stress Anxiety
People of all ages experience stress on a daily basis.The demand stress puts on the body causes our adrenaline to continuously flow and people walk around in “fight or flight” mode unknowingly. This continual stressed out mode takes a toll on the body’s adrenal glands. In this mode, the digestion process turns off or is slowed way down. Nothing you eat moves. You begin to feel sick both physically and emotionally.
The stress in your daily life can impact your mental health too. Anytime there is an elevation of the stress hormone, Cortisol, the body’s blood pressure will increase while the body’s immune function is suppressed. Anxiety, depression, insomnia, fatigue, headaches, and digestive problems will also start to develop.
Why does acupuncture work to reduce stress?
From a Western view point, acupuncture works to alleviate stress by releasing natural pain-killing chemicals in the brain, called endorphins. In addition, acupuncture improves the circulation of blood throughout the body, which
oxygenates the tissues and cycles out cortisol and other waste chemicals. The calming nature of acupuncture also decreases heart rate, lowers blood pressure, turns on digestion and relaxes the muscles.
Medications for mood and emotional disorders are often addictive, with considerable side effects. Rather than relying on hypnotics, anti-anxiety medications, or anti-depressants, acupuncture can be used to calm the nervous system (by turning off the body’s sympathetic response) and clear obstructions in the muscles facilitating the flow of oxygenated blood to the tissues. It helps to clear out the excess cortisol and other accumulated wastes, while allowing energy to move freely throughout the body.
Functional MRI studies also showed that acupuncture can affect the regulation of dopamine and serotonin in the brain, which are two brain chemicals that help someone feel happy and good.