Acupuncture helps with Stress.
Have you heard of treating stress with acupuncture? Stress has become a daily part of our lives, and there is little that we can do to change that. Stress is an evolutionarily beneficial response that most animals, including humans, are hardwired to experience when a situation demands a ‘flight or fight’ response. However, modernity and the modern nature of civilisation itself, has also made life safer for a normal person. Thus, life-threatening conditions, specifically in developed countries, are not a part of our daily lives.
The post-modern era is literally infected with uncertainties and confusions of such unsurmountable proportions that clarity and solace are almost impossible unless a person is naive enough to think that the world is simple.
The only problem is that now fighting or fleeing are usually not acceptable responses because of the social structure and the societal norms. Therefore, the body doesn’t really know how to defuse the bio-chemicals that have triggered stress in the first place. The result: a constant state of stress. The solution is to exercise the body and meditate so that the neuro-chemicals and hormones can be regulated.
If they are not regulated, and ‘normalised’ the results can be disastrous for the individual, and the harmless stress can transform into clinical depression and/or anxiety disorders.
How Effective can Treating Stress with Acupuncture be?
Acupuncture has a variety of solid points against conventional medicinal techniques when it comes to dealing with mood disorders and everyday stress. The main argument is that acupuncture is not detrimental to the health of the person like modern mind-altering drugs or anti-depressants, which are habit-forming and have serious side-effects.
Acupuncture ‘nudges’ the body to generate or utilise its own corrective responses and alleviate stress by stimulating critical pathways called ‘meridians’. This allows the body to regulate the production and absorption of cortisol (stress hormone), which in turn leads to the normalisation of the production of happy chemicals like dopamine, serotonin and endorphins.