While optimal health and well-being in the winter season calls for
rest, energy conservation and the revitalization of body and spirit,
your holiday activities may have a different agenda. This year can be
filled with a mad scramble of visitors, family get-togethers and
frantic shopping trips. Compound the usual seasonal pressures with the
constant barrage of bad economic news and you may find this to be one
of the most stressful times of the year.
Stress, frustration and unresolved anger can cause a disruption in the
flow of qi or energy through the body. These energetic imbalances can
throw off the immune system or cause symptoms of pain, sleep
disturbances, mood changes, abnormal digestion, headaches, and
menstrual irregularities, and, over time, more serious illnesses can
develop. Acupuncture treatments can correct these imbalances and
directly effect the way you manage stress.
Studies on Acupuncture and Stress
Numerous studies have demonstrated the substantial benefits of acupuncture in the treatment of stress.
A 2008 study published in Anesthesia & Analgesia found
that acupuncture point alleviated preoperative anxiety in children
while a 2003 study conducted at Yale University showed that ear
acupuncture significantly lowered the stress level of the mothers of
children that were scheduled for surgery.
A German study published in Circulation found that
acupuncture significantly lowers both systolic and diastolic blood
pressure. The extent of the blood pressure reductions by acupuncture
treatments was comparable to those seen with antihypertensive
medication or aggressive lifestyle changes, including radical salt
Another study from the University of New Mexico measured the affects of
acupuncture on 73 men and women with post-traumatic stress disorder
(PTSD). The researchers found the acupuncture treatments to be as
helpful as the standard treatment of cognitive behavioral therapy.
Needless to say, if the stress in your life is throwing you off
balance, consider acupuncture therapy to regain peace of mind, regulate
your immune system and stay healthy.
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