Acupuncture for Stress in London

All of us experience stress at one time or another. Our bodies are hardwired to help us react to stressful events. At the first sign of a threat, whether real or perceived, our sympathetic nervous system kicks in and facilitates what is called the "fight or flight" response. Our heart rate increases, our pupils dilate, and our digestion temporarily shuts down, directing blood to our extremities, so that if need be, we can either fight what is threatening us, or turn and run if the threat is too formidable.

These reactions are a healthy response to certain events in our lives as long as they are short-lived, and we are usually able to recover without too much wear and tear to our overall health. However, when we are under extreme stress, or if it lasts over a long period of time, our emotional health and ultimately, our physical health begin to suffer.

Unfortunately, the "fight or flight" response, which worked well in caveman days, does not serve us as well if the "threat" is a demanding job, a bullying boss, a nasty co-worker or even a worrisome situation that is not being resolved. These situations lead to chronic stress and as a result, we find ourselves in a constant state of "fight or flight", or stress mode. Over time, the constant state of stress takes its toll. Cortisol, the body's stress hormone elevates, blood pressure increases, and our immune function is suppressed and we may develop many of the following symptoms

Some signs of stress overload include:

  • Anxiety or panic attacks
  • Feelings of constant pressure, hassled and hurried
  • Irritability and moodiness
  • Physical symptoms such as stomach problems, headaches, or even chest pain
  • Allergic reactions, such as eczema or asthma
  • Problems sleeping
  • Overindulgence in food, alcohol, smoking, or drugs
  • Sadness or depression

In Chinese medicine, stress, anxiety, depression or any strong emotion interrupts the smooth flow of energy throughout the body. Acupuncture, aims to address these energy blockages helping to establish a smooth flow of energy and hence alleviate not only the symptoms of stress and anxiety, but the stress and anxiety itself.

From a Western viewpoint, acupuncture works to alleviate stress by releasing natural pain-killing chemicals in the brain, called endorphins. In addition, acupuncture improves 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 and relaxes the muscles.

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