Is Acupuncture the Cure for Holiday Stress?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year….or is it? Holidays have become synonymous with the word ‘stress’. The 2020 Holiday Season is much less festive than years past and has brought a huge burden of stress to us all.

Acupuncture is the Cure for Holiday Stress

Modern life is unbalanced in the best of times. We work too hard, play too little, and consequently experience high levels of stress and anxiety. This year has added a whole new layer of stress as many are working from home, maybe homeschooling, or working in an environment that looks very different from our pre-pandemic way of life.

To top it all off, we are adapting as best we can to a very different social reality! Holiday parties are off the list, gathering with distant relatives, travelling, even seeing our friends have all been put on pause. The absence of our daily social interactions with others outside our immediate household has been profoundly isolating for some and just plain stress producing to us all. It’s truly been a year of throwing out your planner and seeing what today brings.

Chronic stress negatively impacts our health and immunity at a time when we need both to be in full force. Acupuncture treats chronic stress by moving stuck energy or stagnant ‘qi’. (Qi is the life force that flows through your body). Qi gets stuck when we are frustrated. Our collective inability to chart a course right now affects the acupuncture meridians and creates a condition acupuncturists call ‘qi stagnation’. People describe qi stagnation as feeling ‘pent up’ or just needing to get out and ‘blow off steam’. Acupuncture gets your qi moving by using hair thin needles placed at key locations to move your body’s qi which helps you relax. But how does it work?

Acupuncture Blocks Stress Hormones

Scientists have discovered that acupuncture actually affects the brain chemistry by blocking stress hormones. In fact, research published in the Journal of Endocrinology in 2013 demonstrated a reduction in ‘fight or flight’ hormones involved in stress response.

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May you and your family be safe and well this holiday season!

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