How Acupuncture Can Help with Stress Management

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How Acupuncture Can Help with Stress Management
By: Mercedes Aspland

People who suffer from stress can often find it very difficult to deal with and there is little that conventional medicine can do to help. Often the answer is to turn to alternative therapies for help. This article will consider the ways in which acupuncture can help with stress management.

What is Stress?

Stress can sometimes be difficult to describe as most people will experience it in a different way. In fact most of us will experience stress at some point in our lives but it only lasts for a short period of time and we return to normal. For some people stress can be long term and prolonged leaving the sufferer with a variety of physical and emotional symptoms. It is important to address the cause of your stress and do as much as possible to reduce as long term stress can contribute to a number of different illnesses.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine that works on the principle of energy. The belief behind the treatment is that energy of Chi flows around the body and along certain meridians through the body. When a person is unwell either physically or emotionally it is thought that there is either an imbalance or a blockage in the flow of this energy. Acupuncture uses the insertion of needles in certain points in the body called acu-points. It is thought that the insertion of needles in specific points can help to balance the energy in the body and in turn bring the person back to health. Before treatment begins a therapist will get a full history of your life and of your illness to determine the correct points to trigger in your specific case. A good acupuncturist will develop a treatment plan that is individual for each patient.

Acupuncture and Stress

Acupuncture is becoming a recognised treatment for stress and a number of studies have been conducted on its effectiveness. Many of these studies have shown that the use of acupuncture can release a number of chemicals in the body that can help to lift stress. It is probably one of the most effective treatments and can bring about a real feeling of relaxation that can have a significant effect on people who suffer from stress. However it is worth pointing out that acupuncture will not work for everyone and it is proper to do a full assessment of the treatment before you begin treatment.

Other Options

If you find that acupuncture is not the treatment for you then there are a number of other options for treating stress. For example some people may not want to use acupuncture due to a fear of needles which will only increase stress levels. If this is the case you may want to consider acupressure which uses the same principles but works on pressure applied with fingers rather than insertion of needles.

In addition there are also a number of other treatments you could consider such as Tai chi, yoga, massage, progressive relaxation, meditation and many others. If you are suffering from stress then it is important that you do something to help yourself deal with the situation. If you are considering alternative therapies then we would recommend you do full research and discuss your options with therapists before you begin. This will allow you to find the best treatment for you and ensure you have the best possible change of recovery.

This article has been supplied by alternative therapies directory. You can also find more information on our stress page.

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