Acupuncture has been used to treat stress and anxiety for a very long time. More recently good quality research is being published to show exactly how it can do this, and in which areas it can be particularly helpful.
Acupuncture seems to have a fantastic ability to help us cope with life's difficulties in a calmer way. After 26 years of helping people with acupuncture, the most common thing that people say to me is that that they feel more grounded, chilled or relaxed, following a course of treatments. I understand this to mean that they feel their resilience has been bolstered by acupuncture. Boosting or enhancing resilience is probably one of the most potent and important things it can do, and this can help us deal with whatever life decides to 'throw at us'. While we may not be able to easily change our challenges or difficulties, we can improve the way we react to them.
Indeed one or two studies even suggest that it could be better than some medications (eg. for depression related insomnia) and equal to counselling in effect (depression). Added to that, the effects of acupuncture treatments may last long after the treatments have ended, making it a very cost effective option*.
While acupuncture can be a fantastic help it should be remembered that anyone with concerns about conditions like anxiety, stress, depression or insomnia should keep in regular contact with their doctor and or a suitably qualified therapist (eg psychotherapist/psychologist). Acupuncture can be a very useful 'add-on' therapy but is not a substitute for your doctor/therapist.
If you live in the Greystones, Delgany, Bray, Wicklow or south Dublin area and would like to try some acupuncture please give me a call and we can have a chat abut your particular needs.
Research is still building but it most likely does this through a variety of ways which include... Dampening Neurochemical releases from the brain (eg adrenaline/cortisol), increasing endorphins (natural relaxants/pain killers), Helping HRV (heart rate variability – which is good!) and affecting Serotonin uptake.
It is important to understand that acupuncture is not a replacement for medicines or counselling but instead can be used as an additional tool.
* Research supporting this point is based on acupuncture for pain, however it is likely to be similar for more than just pain.Back to conditions