At some point of time in their life almost everyone experience stress. Usually stress is short lived and our body will help us to respond promptly to the adverse events and regain normalcy.
If faced with a sign of threat, the nervous system sets in to facilitate flight or fight responses. Flight or fight responses increases the heart rate, dilates the pupil, shuts down the digestive system temporarily and directs the blood to the extremities of the body, so that the person can either run or fight till normalcy is achieved.
Constant or lasting stress elevates cortisol level, which is the stress hormone in the body. Continuous stress also increases the blood pressure and even suppresses the immune system, which then leads to depression, anxiety, digestive problems, fatigue, tension, headaches etc.
In order to cope with the tension and stress, people often rely on over the counter medications, smoking, alcohol, sugar etc. Unfortunately there is no magic pill to reduce the stress. The anti-depressant drugs help to relieve the stress to some extent, but with their many adverse side effects.
How Does Acupuncture Work
Acupuncture is an alternative treatment method for stress, and this work by inserting needles at specific points in the body. Acupuncture is referred as a traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture is based on the concept that an invisible life force or energy called Qi flows up and down through the 14 meridians in the body. Meridians connect the internal organs with the surface of the body.
Whenever, there is an imbalance or blockage in the flow of energy, it leads to pain, illness, stress, anxiety etc. Acupuncture helps to calm down the areas of the brain that records pain, stress or any discomforts and activates the areas in the brain that cause recuperation and rest. By triggering the specific acupuncture points, the functioning of the internal organs as well as the physical and mental aspects of the patients can be adjusted and treated effectively.
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Acupuncture and Stress
Whenever there is stress, the normal flow of Qi gets affected and this stagnation of Qi leads to mental as well as physical problems such as anger, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, cold limbs, tight muscles and tendons, pain, headache etc. According to acupuncturists, stagnation of Qi in liver plays a major role in creating stress, hence liver Qi stagnation should be addressed to relieve the stress.
`Four gates’, which include the acupuncture points such as, liver 3 and large intestine 4, are the common stress treatment points. Large intestine 4 is located at the highest point of the web in between the second finger and thumb. This point helps to expel the biological, mental as well as emotional toxins from the body.
Liver 3 is located in the web in between the second and first toe and these four points are together called four gates, helps to remove the stagnation of Qi by opening the channels and removing the toxicity. Acupuncture therapy at certain points on the ears and head are also required to support the treatment. This treatment may last up to 30 to 60 minutes, and the duration varies from patient to patient. Acupuncture thus helps to relax the mind as well as the body and helps to attain a good balanced state.