According to the British Acupuncture Council ‘Up to half a million people in the UK experience work-related stress every year, which often results in illness’. Stress can be caused by a number a factors such as lifestyle choices, exams, smoking, alcohol and poor nutrition to name a few. Individuals react differently to stress with some becoming physically ill where as others suffer more from the mental effects,
Acupuncture is believed to help combat stress by stimulating the nervous system and causing the release of neurochemical messenger molecules which work to deactivate the ‘analytical’ part of the brain responsible for anxiety and worry. Stimulating these acupoints will reduce the brains sensitivity to pain and stress allowing increased relaxation.
The British Acupuncture Councils website shows supporting evidence for the benefits of acupuncture for those suffering from stress and anxiety. Clinical research has suggested that ‘acupuncture might be successful in treating the symptoms of chronic stress’. Acupuncture can also be safely combined with conventional treatment medication for stress such as anti-anxiety drugs to promote a beneficial effect.
Acupuncture That Works can offer a range of treatments which could help if you are suffering from stress or anxiety. For a free initial consolation and to find out more please call us on 0800 051 76 88.