Acupuncture for Stress & Anxiety: Acupuncture Works to Improve Your Mental Health

North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine

An Acupuncture Clinic in Beverly, MA

Acupuncture for Stress & Anxiety: Acupuncture Works to Improve Your Mental Health

At North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine, an acupuncture clinic in Beverly, MA, one of our specialities is acupuncture for mental health. Stress effects nearly every person and manifests in each person differently. Some individuals suffer from panic attacks and while others many have chronic pain. Acupuncture treatments help to reduce stress. Scientific evidence showed that rats who suffered from stress conditions and then received acupuncture had lower levels of stress hormones. The same effects of acupuncture can be seen in human patients. Another commonly associated disease with stress is anxiety. While it is completely normal to experience anxiety in a stressful situation, it isn't normal to have constant anxiety. Often times it is difficult to spot the differences between stress and anxiety. Both stress and anxiety symptoms can lead to rapid heart rate, muscle tension, exhaustion, sleepless night and headaches. At North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine, we have treatment options to reduce anxiety and relieve stress to improve your overall mental health.

How does Acupuncture Work:

Acupuncture uses hair-thin needles on acupuncture points throughout the body. The body has multiple meridians, and much like a highway at rush-hour, these meridians can become "clogged" and qi energy (blood circulation) can not flow freely. When acupuncture points are stimulated and qi energy flows freely, disease is less likely to occur. Scientific research suggests that acupuncture works to stimulate the body to release chemicals into the nervous system and into the bloodstream. The release of these chemicals, triggers the release of other substances that influence the body's innate ability to heal.

Brain scans show that acupuncture normalizes the signals that reach your limbic system, which is the system that controls the "fight or flight" response. Almost every patient we see is transformed from being on edge to calm, relaxed and zen-like even after their acupuncture treatment. And the reason is acupuncture works to reset the central nervous system, and once reset, the body can restore to homeostasis or normal functioning. Our goal with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine is to allow the parasympathetic system to take over and restore the sympathetic/parasympathetic balance.

Our approach at North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine is based on the "whole person" and doesn't separate the physical and mental aspects of health. If you explain to Allison, you are suffering from stress and grinding your teeth at night, we won't separate the issues. According to Chinese medicine you are: "Liver Qi Stagnant". For women, liver qi stagnation could also see symptoms such as, irregular or painful period, PMS irritability or swollen breast and constipation. For men liver qi stagnation could also see symptoms such as, bitter taste in mouth, inappropriate anger, constipation, upset stomach and mood swings.

Acupuncture for Anxiety Disorders:

A 2015 study found that acupuncture improved anxiety symptoms in those people who didn't respond to other treatments. Each participant received 10 acupuncture sessions over 12 weeks and the participants experienced significant reduction in anxiety and this continued for 10 weeks post-acupuncture. Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for anxiety!

Acupuncture for Stress:

Stress is normal, however, long term chronic stress isn't! Chronic stress can cause many serious health problems such as, major depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, heart attacks, skin and hair problems. Typically, the root of all stress effects the central nervous system. Fortunately, as we previously discussed acupuncture works to restore homeostasis via the central nervous system. The restoration can be seen after each and every treatment! A 2014 study using Heart Rate Variability(HRV) to measure reductions in stress, showed that during treatment, after acupuncture needling and post-acupuncture treatment there are increases in HRV. Increased HRV is a good thing, meaning there was a decrease in their physiological stress. Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment to improve and treat mental health!

Schedule an appointment today to experience how acupuncture can benefit your health! We look forward to continuing to assist the North Shore community with their acupuncture needs!