Acupuncture for Stress – Houston, Texas

Stress is a part of everyone’s daily lives. When stress is experienced in small doses, the body and mind can usually recover easily. However, stress that is unresolved over long periods of time can dramatically affect physical and emotional health, especially when combined with other preexisting medical conditions. Acupuncture can safely be used to treat stress, as well as the related physical and mental conditions that it may cause.

How Does Acupuncture Relieve Stress?

Contact Us Now About Acupuncture for StressAcupuncture relieves stress naturally, without the need for artificial drugs or potentially dangerous chemicals. When you receive acupuncture treatments from our trained acupuncturists at the Acupuncture and Nutrition Clinic in Houston, your brain will naturally release endorphins, which are chemicals that reduce pain and increase happiness. Acupuncture also allows for increased blood circulation throughout the body, which does the following:

  • Removes cortisol (the stress-inducing chemical naturally produced by your body)
  • Oxygenates tissue
  • Relaxes the muscles
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Decreases heart rate

Acupuncture Treats Stress-Related Ailments

The most common ailments related to stress include pressure and tension in the muscles of the neck, shoulders and back, as well as the head. By targeting specific acupuncture points located on the ears and body, our acupuncturists can relieve pain, tenderness and stiffness in these regions. In many cases, the needles are applied to points on the body that are located far away from the targeted stress-affected area.

Typical Treatment Points for Acupuncture Stress Treatments

Some of the points on the body most commonly targeted to relieve the stress of a patient include the following:

  • P6 – Treatment of this point can help to calm the mind. The point is located between the two tendons of your forearm, approximately two inches away from the crease of your wrist and palm.
  • Liver 3 – Targeting this point can remove toxicity and stagnation from the body. It’s located in the webbing between your first and second toes.
  • LI4 – Similar to Liver 3, this point is used to release biological, mental and emotional toxins from your body. It is located between your thumb and pointer finger at the top of the web.

The Effectiveness of Acupuncture for Stress

A study performed by the University of California indicated that acupuncture can decrease the activity of the sympathetic nerve, which lowers blood pressure, heart rate and mental stress. The study also showed that many patients experienced results after only one treatment, while others noticed significant improvements after six to ten treatments.

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