It’s the most wonderful time of the year….or is it? When was the last time you felt relaxed around the holidays? Holidays have become synonymous with the word ‘stress’. But don’t worry, acupuncture treats holiday stress!
If you think about it, modern life is unbalanced. We work too hard, play too little, and consequently experience high levels of stress and anxiety. Add a few more tasks to the ‘to do’ list like preparing for guests, holiday shopping, traveling and you’ve got the perfect recipe for anxiety and stress.
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. Too much ‘to do list’ and not enough time creates a condition acupuncturists call ‘qi stagnation’. People describe qi stagnation as feeling ‘pent up’ or frustrated. Acupuncturists use hair thin needles 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.
To read more on the acupuncture and stress reduction study: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130314085528.htm
May your holidays be happy and stress free. Well, at least less stress-full!