Acupuncture for Stress in London
It’s the scourge of the modern world. According to the latest available figures, UK business lost 12.5 million days to stress, anxiety and depression during 2016/17. To put that into some sort of perspective, that’s the equivalent of 342 man years.
Stress and anxiety are the result of the subconscious going into protection mode, but whilst the two conditions start life as a psychological response, both have a negative impact on physical and mental health if they’re left unchecked.
Acupuncture for stress and anxiety is an approach which has been proven to be effective in re-setting the body’s natural energy flow and significantly reducing the physical and emotional effects of living life on a constant psychological knife-edge.
So, here, briefly, is the interesting part of the science of anxiety, which informs the way acupuncture can help: anxiety (and its near-relative, stress) is created by a part of the brain called the amygdala, which is responsible for the production of fear. When the brain perceives a threat, it sends fear production into overdrive.
The subconscious, in turn, reads this chemical change and puts us into a heightened state of alarm. This is the ‘fight or flight’ protection that we see in prey animals that are constantly alert to the threat of predators.
This is all well and good if you’re the kind of mammal that has eyes at the side of its head, but less useful for humans, who aren’t designed to exist in a constantly elevated state of alarm. It raises the heart rate, redirects oxygen and blood to the areas that need to operate well for protection – and shuts down every other non-essential function that might interfere with the ability to keep us safe.
In short, short bursts of anxiety or stress help to keep us safe, constant stress puts us at physical and emotional risk.
So how can acupuncture for anxiety help?
This ancient Chinese therapy is excellent for allowing both mind and body to relax, freeing themselves of the natural chemical and energy imbalances that stress and anxiety bring.
Stress, anxiety, depression and other strong emotions interrupt the flow of energy throughout the body. Acupuncture, aims to address these energy blockages and establish a smooth flow of energy, alleviating not only the symptoms of stress and anxiety, but the stress and anxiety itself.
By releasing endorphins – the brain’s natural pain-killing chemicals – acupuncture improves body chemistry and has a positive effect on the circulation of blood throughout the body. This oxygenates the tissues, cycling out cortisol and other waste chemicals.
The calming nature of acupuncture for stress also decreases heart rate, lowers blood pressure and relaxes the muscles.
In our hectic modern lives, demanding jobs, financial worries and health concerns have replaced the threats faced by our ancestors, but our natural response to those threats hasn’t changed. Symptoms of stress and anxiety can include:
- Feelings of constant pressure or being hassled and hurried
- Irritability and moodiness
- Stomach problems, headaches, and sometimes chest pain
- Allergic reactions, such as eczema or asthma
- Problems sleeping
- Negative attitudes to food, alcohol, smoking, or drugs
- Sadness or depression
If you’re struggling with these or other symptoms of stress and anxiety, why not contact The Acupuncturists for a no-obligation, confidential chat. Our treatments are offered at our comfortable and relaxing clinic in the heart of Mayfair, London.
The convenient location, immediately above Green Park underground station, means we offer flexible appointments to our patients and our expert and professional acupuncturists are fully qualified in our stress and anxiety treatments.
Archna has treated me for menopausal symptoms, for shoulder pain and for stress. She is an excellent acupuncturist, highly professional and a warm and caring human being. Having been sceptical at the beginning, I realised quickly that Archna’s treatments result in real improvements and alleviation of symptoms. I have total confidence in Archna and recommend her unreservedly.
I have been seeing Archna for six months, after struggling with anxiety, stress and difficulties with conception. I was very nervous about approaching acupuncture, but Archna put me at ease within 2 minutes of meeting her. Her calm and reassuring manner helped me to relax, and she went out of her way to make sure that I was always comfortable and felt secure with the treatment options. My appointments with Archna are now little oases of quiet and calm; her treatments dropped my anxiety levels significantly, and I fell pregnant after just a month of seeing her! I truly believe this was a result of Archna’s healing and nurturing treatments, as well as her warm and caring presence. Despite reaching my goal of pregnancy, I am still seeing Archna to calm, soothe and invigorate me during this time, she is the best – thank you Archna.
Archna Patel is a truly talented and professional acupuncturist. She has treated me successfully for physical issues (foot and back injuries), and also deeper emotional issues (stress, anxiety). The Acupuncturists clinic location near Green Park is super convenient and easy to find. I can’t recommend Archna highly enough and only wish I could give her more than 5 stars.
I came to Archna with severe pain in my right arm due to golfer’s elbow, which was having a great effect on my ability to play tennis. From one session, Archna was able to both identify the cause of the issue and provid an effective treatment. Within days I was able to play again without any pain and have not had any recurrences! This being my first acupuncture session, I had some trepidation. But Archna’s calm manner and expertise put me immediately at ease. I cannot recommend her highly enough!d
I have been consulting Archna for around 15 years. Her work never ceases to astonish me, and now I find there is no ailment that I would not ask her about. Most entrancing though, is her deep-sourced integrity and soulfulness. I have recommended her work to most of my friends and family and will continue to do so.
I’m really well looked after by Archna and feel my needs are being treated with care on a weekly basis. Would highly recommend to anyone!
“I have really enjoyed my experience going to Archna I was hesitant at first having never tried accupuncture before but have found it to be a very effective compliment to other treatments. Archna has treated my for stress, lower back pain and allergies. I was surprised how effective acupuncture can be and what a wonderful practioner Archna is. The location is very convienent I can go right after work.”
“Sitting in the office all day and working without much movement during the week, my neck and back have bothered me for months. I was recommended accupuncture with Archna and after initial skepticism of needles and acupuncture in general, I made an appointment with Archna. My experience was excellent and she has relieved my of my aches, whether in neck, head, back, hips etc. I am a regular with Archna now and very happy! Highly recommend her!”
Jerome de Sadeleer
“I went to Archna initially with a very painful bursitis which couldn’t be treated with physiotherapy apart from steroid injections. She managed to treat my shoulder in a few sessions and I started to feel so much better. What I love about Archna is that she is very professional and she explains exactly what she is doing. She has an amazingly calm energy which helps you relax into the treatment and the session. I am a regular client now as she has helped me with many other issues from digestive issues to tension and even emotional imbalance. I look forward to my sessions as I leave feeling so relaxed and very light which are a result of the acupuncture but also Archna’s magical touch and energy.”
“My experience at the Acupuncturists was wonderful, every time since I have started seeing Archna over two years ago. She is a fantastic practitioner, really knowledgeable and very focused on providing the best treatment possible. She is very professional and knows how to adjust each treatment so that when you leave you feel much better then when you arrived. She has helped me with stress, back pain, shoulder tension, digestive issues and common cold relief. I would highly recommend Archna to anyone looking to receive treatment.”
“Archna is the most professional, knowledgeable and caring acupuncturist I have seen so far. I will get treated by no one else in the future. Archna not only has over 20 years of acupuncture experience, but in addition she is the only practitioner in her field who I have met, who takes a holistic and much more thorough approach for treating her patients. Archna is efficient, to the point, and extremely skilled. I have recommended Archna to several friends, who are all as happy as I am. I cannot recommend Archna enough and wish I had found her earlier! Thank you Archna!”