Stress: Acupuncture Awareness Week 2015

Its Acupuncture Awareness Week 2015 and this year's hot topic is stress. As an acupuncturist, stress is one of the most common conditions that I treat in my clinic. Many of my patients (regardless of the main complaint) report that they feel more relaxed and better equipped to deal with day to day stress after acupuncture. Those that come for acupuncture specifically for stress tend to notice changes in as little as one or two sessions, of course this is not always the case and results are dependant on individual circumstances. Acupuncture stimulates the nervous system, deactivates the analytical brain, regulates neurotransmitters, promotes relaxation and wellbeing. Surprisingly, many are unaware that acupuncture can help with a variety of health complaints other than muscular skeletal pain; thus the importance of Acupuncture Awareness Week, to demonstrate to the general public the wide range of complaints that acupuncture may be able to help with. 


Stress can be described as the feeling of being under too much emotional or mental pressure and can arise from a variety of factors such as work, home, illness, finance and relationships. We all experience a degree of stress from time to time, however prolonged stress can start to impact our general health if ignored. From a western medicine perspective we can understand that long-term stress can cause additional health problems such as raising blood pressure, suppressing the immune system and contributing to infertility. According to The World Heart Organisation (2015) '…being stressed itself can alter the way the body behaves and this can bring about changes to the blood and nervous system, which can have negative effects on your heart health…’ Therefore, the experience of stress should not be ignored considering the posible implications on our general health.  


Acupuncture involves the relatively painless insertion of ultra fine sterile needles in to various parts of the body. These points are determined by the acupuncturist after taking a full health profile and history; lifestyle and dietary advice may also be given if appropriate. This ancient system of healing has been developed over 2,500 years and originated in China. Despite popular opinion, acupuncturists have degree level qualifications and adhere to codes of safe practice and professional conduct in order to be registered and insured by the British Acupuncture Council. Claire is a British Acupuncture Council Member who practices traditional five element acupuncture in Thorpe Astley, Leicester. Claire trained at The College of Traditional Acupuncture governed by Oxford Brookes University. Contact Claire for a free consultation on 07920 002241 or claire@clairenortonacupuncture.co.uk. Or visit www.clairenortonacupuncture.co.uk to learn more.  

You can find your local BAcC registered practitioner at www.acupuncture.org.uk 


References 

The World Heart Organisation (2015) Stress available at http://www.world-heart-federation.org/cardiovascular-health/cardiovascular-disease-risk-factors/stress/

Published in Braunstone Life March 2015

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