Considering the fact that high-pressure jobs and fast-paced lives are a given, stress is virtually inevitable. However, chronic stress results in various problems like heart disease, irregular sleep
, digestive problems, depression, anxiety, obesity and even memory impairment. Research suggests that acupuncture helps relieve stress and calms your mind. Here’s how it works.
#1 Acupuncture is the key component in traditional Chinese medicine and has been around for as long as 2,500 years. It involves inserting thin needles into your body at specific points.
According to Chinese medicine, any strong emotion interrupts the smooth flow of energy, which flows through a network of ‘roads’ in our body. Stress, anger or any intense emotion acts like a barrier or ‘traffic’, blocking the free flow of energy. Acupuncture is based on the premise that there are patterns of energy flowing through the body that are essential for good health
. Disruptions in this flow are believed to be responsible for disease, and acupuncture helps restore it.
#3 Not many people know that acupuncture can be associated with the application of heat, pressure or laser light to specific points as well.
Acupuncture is most commonly used for pain relief, though it is also used for treating a wide range of medical conditions such as asthma, back pain
, frequent headaches and irregular blood pressure. However, it is rarely used alone. Instead, it is used in addition to other forms of treatment.
#5 Acupuncture releases chemicals called endorphins that soothe the mind and foster physical and emotional wellbeing.
#6 In the long haul, acupuncture also equips you to handle stress and challenges that life throws your way with greater ease.
About the author
Shailesh Patil is the managing director of Sukho Thai, a chain of spas that focus on holistic treatments and relaxing therapies.
Written By : Shailesh Patil