Acupuncture and Stress
In TCM theory, the Liver is the main energetic organ (remember, this is not your internal organ we're talking about, but rather an energy system in your body) that is responsible for ensuring smooth movement of energy in the body. Stress impairs the Liver's ability to direct the flow of energy and blood within the body, leading to a condition we call stagnation. This blockage needs to be moved in order to help the Liver energy alleviate stress and it's associated symptoms.
Common symptoms of stress include:
By using very small needles at specific points to move energy and blood, acupuncture activates the body's ability to move stagnation or blockages. The process also releases endorphins within the brain - this has a very relaxing effect on the body, and many patients fall asleep while the needles are in! Most people complaining of stress before an acupuncture treatment feel immediately better afterwards, and many maintain this feeling of relief for days or even weeks.
Other tips we like to give our stressed out patients include: