Acupuncture for Stress and Anxiety: Understanding the Brain Connection

Acupuncture for Stress and AnxietyWhat can acupuncture do for stress and anxiety for those living in Los Angeles?  Living in a big city can be very stressful, particularly if you work hard and have a social life. When you add the stress of trying to navigate through Los Angeles traffic, managing family obligations, and the rest of what come with being a “grown up”, it can mean a little too much anxiety and stress.

You’re certainly not alone, though you have to take that stress and anxiety you’re feeling seriously. Perhaps you haven’t initially thought about acupuncture helping with your stress and worry.

You may want to take time to come visit me at Los Angeles Acupuncture and Wellness to calm and center your mind. The reason is because scientific evidence is clearly showing how acupuncture helps relieve stress and anxiety.

Understanding What Causes Stress and Anxiety

In a Time Magazine report earlier this year on acupuncture benefits, they noted the methods in how anxiety manifests in all of us. It’s to do with the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis in our brains and how it releases a hormone that creates corticotropin. This pumps up the culprits in what causes anxiety: Cortisol and norepinephrine.

Through studies done by Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies, acupuncture was performed on rats in a controlled test. When the rats were placed under the stressful situation of an hour-long ice bath, the rats were given an electrical form of acupuncture. Those receiving the acupuncture showed no signs of elevated cortisol levels seen when animals and humans get stressed.

It was finally a real example of how acupuncture can truly work in controlling stress. Even though we’ve known for years about how effective it is, it’s been frustrating that not enough studies have been done to truly prove the benefits.

What makes the above rat study even more interesting is the body location where the acupuncture was done.

The Stomach Connection to Stress and Acupuncture

stomach pain from anxietyIn the above studies, the rats were given the acupuncture in the stomach region. It’s true that in Chinese medicine, there’s a noted connection between the stomach and brain that seems to give explanation why stress typically makes us feel queasy. Doing acupuncture in this region of the body is a developing key area that could restore flow to the body and help you feel much more relaxed during stressful moments.

We believe in the Chinese medical philosophy of Qi and the energy that flows through our bodies. By enhancing that flow, almost any ailment can be potentially relieved through acupuncture.

Come visit me here at Los Angeles Acupuncture and Wellness and see the results for yourself. I’m helping people every day find relief from stress during the holidays and year-round. With better evidence now available in how acupuncture is becoming the true antidote to stress and anxiety, it’s time for you contact me now.