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Does acupuncture work for stress and anxiety?

Stress is the biggest enemy threatening the health of modern people. Long-term experience of stress is likely to cause a decline in immunity which can invite several health-related problems. If you are troubled by stress and have been plagued for a long time, you must find a way to relieve stress. Acupuncture decompression is one of many treatments. It is an unconventional medicine based on the use of natural and biological methods to strengthen the body’s immune system. It advocates different natural methods of care to stimulate the body’s self-healing capacity. When the internal circulation of energy is disturbed, health suffers – this is the eastern conception of stress that considers this state as an energy traffic jam. But to avoid these “plugs”, acupuncture proposes to treat the cause of this dysfunction and not just the symptom. Several healthcare services provide treatment through Acupuncture. Pillars of Wellness is one of such Healthcare Centre that provides such services.

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Acupuncture is a very mysterious method for most people. Because in daily life, this technique is rare, and occasionally it can be seen, only in TV dramas or movies, seeing doctors perform needles in various parts of the patient’s body.  Most people may be curious, so many needles on the body, do not hurt? Can you cure a disease with a needle? Here’s everything you need to know about Acupuncture and how it is effective for stress.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a branch of traditional Chinese medicine. Based on the theory of traditional Chinese medicine, the needle is inserted into the patient at a certain angle, and the specific part of the human body (usually acupuncture point) is stimulated by a special technique (or twisting or lifting). It proposes to solve many health problems with needles, in order to restore the normal circulation of energy within the body. This energy is called Qi (pronounced as Chi). In Chinese medicine, Qi, also called “Breath or Vital Energy”, is one of the five substances circulating in the body through meridians, with blood, organic liquids, the spirit, and essences. These substances serve to maintain the body in a harmonious balance around the notions of Yin and Yang. The concept of Yin and Yang is that our universe is composed of competing and complementary forces like dark and light, male and female, etc. Meridians help to nourish and harmonize Yin and Yang and maintain the balance between different parts of the human body.

How does it work to release stress and anxiety?

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In modern society, due to the obvious pace of life, intense work competition, various pressures, the brain is in a state of tension and excessive fatigue for a long time. An anxiety disorder is one of the most common mental illnesses. Stress and lead to insomnia, depression, and several other chronic diseases. The acupuncturist will also analyze all the feelings involved: anguish, anger, fear, sorrow. Knowing that Chinese medicine does not separate the body from the mind. The organs have both a physical function and a psychic function. For example, the liver, which defends the body and takes care of the imagination, is very sensitive to anger. The spleen is going to be vulnerable to worry, the kidney to fear, the lung to sadness, and so on. Chinese medicine believes that: stress is a seven-injury internal injury, which can lead to no suppression of evil, viscera, Qi and blood loss, blood stagnation, blood stasis, phlegm, dampness, heat and cause cancer. The principle of acupuncture relieving mental stress is to relieve liver and relieve stagnation, regulate air Qi, and regulate physical fitness to achieve the therapeutic effect of decompression. The acupuncturist inserts a fine needle into certain specific acupuncture points on the “meridian” that spread throughout the body and corresponds to certain organs. Meridians can be seen as energy highways or as “Qi” in Chinese medicine. Acupuncture is a barrier off the highway by getting rid of this energy. When the highway is crowded, energy is supported. When the meridian is unblocked (no roadblock), the gas flows freely. When the needle is inserted, acupuncture releases endorphins and activates natural painkillers. It has also been found that acupuncture stimulates the part of the brain that controls emotions. As such, it reduces stress naturally.

Does it hurt?

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The Acupuncture needle vastly used is made of stainless steel. The needles are obviously sterile and disposable and their size and diameter depend on the location of the body that is stung, the size of the patient, and also on the preferences of the practitioner. It is often read that a medium acupuncture needle is equivalent to the diameter of three hairs. They are therefore much thinner than those used for blood sampling. The needle here is not hollow, and a much smaller diameter. The pain is therefore much less during insertion. If your acupuncturist has a good insertion technique, you will not feel any pain.

Acupuncture is based on the principle that the human body must be harmonized in its local particularities as well as in its entirety. It, therefore, proposes a global approach.