If willingly allowing someone to insert needles into your body (and yes, even your face) sounds like something you would never do, we totally get it. Acupuncture can seem a little out there, well at least until you try it.
For anyone who has been nervous about trying acupuncture, take note. Those who have given it a shot can attest to the fact that the needles don’t hurt. And the best part? You may be able to completely relax your body during an acupuncture session. This can also help reduce that built-up tension so many of us carry in our necks and back.
Read on to learn about what acupuncture is and why so many people are turning to it for anxiety and stress relief.
What is Acupuncture?
We definitely get your reservation if the idea of inserting needles into your skin totally freaks you out. Just know that you’re definitely not alone. But, here’s the thing. Acupuncture isn’t actually painful, and the needles are super (like super) thin. The needles are inserted very strategically by an Acupuncture practitioner along different meridians in the body (aka “qi” in Traditional Chinese Medicine which is like a highway of energy in the body.) The idea behind this is that acupuncture will help energy flow as well as promote balance within the body while also getting rid of any blockages among these energy highways.
And, way before your acupuncturist will start poking you with these little needles, they will do a full assessment. This is your chance to ask any questions you may have before you get started. A professional acupuncturist will take everything into account when it comes to your health. This includes both the physical and the emotional, as let’s face it, physical and mental health are both totally connected to one another.
So, why are so many people choosing acupuncture to help support their health?
People have been turning to acupuncture to help ease discomfort related to many different conditions including.
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Menstrual cramps
- Pregnancy-related discomfort
But, one of the most common reasons people turn to acupuncture is to help reduce stress and anxiety.
Acupuncture for Stress
Let’s face it-stress is inevitable, and it can seem impossible to completely eliminate stress from our lives. While we may not be able to completely avoid it, how we support the body during periods of stress makes a huge difference which is where acupuncture comes in.
Acupuncture has been found to block the elevations of chronic stress hormones and may also hold a protective effect against the stress response in the body. So, basically, if you’re chronically stressed, acupuncture may be able to help support your body and bring you some balance all while providing protection against the harmful impact stress can have on the body. It’s pretty much something we all could benefit from when we are feeling totally burnt out.
In addition to helping support the stress response in the body, many people find acupuncture to be super relaxing. As a result, you are bound to leave a treatment session feeling way more zen than when you arrived.
Acupuncture for anxiety
So many people are starting to seek out alternative treatment methods to help ease symptoms of anxiety. Acupuncture treatment for anxiety is starting to be a go-to alternative therapy option (among other solutions). Here are some of the ways acupuncture may be able to help calm anxiety-related symptoms.
- Acupuncture is known to have a calming effect on the body which can ultimately make you feel less anxious.
Recent studies are looking at how acupuncture affects the fight-or-flight response in the body, and how this may have a positive effect on reducing anxiety.
The Bottom Line
As more people turn to complementary alternative medicine to help support the treatment of a number of conditions, it makes sense that many people are not only turning to acupuncture to help support the treatment of anxiety but to also help support the body during periods of chronic stress.
If you suffer from anxiety and are constantly feeling on edge, then give it a try! Acupuncture may be exactly what your body needs to restore some balance and feel a bit more centered. Even if you walk out of an acupuncture session feeling a bit less stressed than when you walked in, you’re doing something amazing for both your mind and body.