Los Angeles Acupuncture for Stress Relief

Understanding Stress and Anxiety: How Acupuncture Works To Alleviate Stress

Everybody at one point in time in their lives has suffered from stress. Stress is a normal response when people feel something important is outside their control. A healthy body can withstand stress for a limited amount of time with little to no detrimental health effects.

However, long term or extreme stress can create serious chronic physical and emotional problems. This should be dealt with quickly to avoid ill effects to one’s health.

The Body’s “Fight Or Flight” Response

The first sign of a perceived or actual threat comes from the sympathetic nervous system in the form of the “fight or flight” response. What happens during this time is that the body experiences a rising heart rate, the pupils dilate and the digestion process shuts down for a short time. The blood is directed to the extremities so that a person can fight what they find threatening or run if need be.

This stress response worked extremely well for our ancestors in the wild but not so much today when the threat is from typical long-term modern problems such as trouble with coworkers or superiors, family issues, financial problems or aspirations.

The Long Term Effects Of This Natural Stress Response

The stress most modern people feel is long-term, and because of that, the body constantly feels the the need to respond. Cortisol is released in response to stress, and long-term elevated cortisol levels have negative effect on health.

Cortisol elevates blood pressure and depresses the immune system. Long term effects can develop into depression, poor digestion, headaches, anxiety and a lack of energy.

Emotions in Chinese Medicine

According to Chinese medicine, strong emotional states such as anxiety, depression and stress can disrupt the flow of energy (Qi or “chi”) in the human body. Energy flows through the body like water flows through a river. When the flow of energy is interrupted, it is like the river gets blocked. When the body experiences an intense reaction like stress, anger or depression, it’s a dam in the river that prevents the water from getting where it need to be and instead pool in excess in the wrong place.

Many people who have continual stress in their lives suffer with pain in the neck, shoulder and upper back. The reason is the disrupted energy to these areas, which is causing the discomfort.

Stress will affect various other parts of the body including the digestive system, blood pressure, pain and the ability to get restful sleep. Stress can intensify the severity of other existing medical conditions.

How Acupuncture Can Help The Body Deal With Stress

Stress, pain, depression and more common issues are defined in traditional Chinese medicine as a disharmony in the patient’s Qi.  In Western medical terms, acupuncture stress treatments will release endorphins, which are natural pain-killing chemicals. It also works to boost the blood circulation in the body, making sure to oxygenate its tissues and eliminate the waste chemicals. It’s also been found to reduce the heart rate, drop blood pressure and help the muscles relax.

Repeated treatments and occasional herbal formulae (if deemed necessary) extend the effectiveness of the treatments until the Qi’s disharmony is resolved.

Insomnia

Insomnia is defined as trouble either falling asleep or staying asleep. Episodes of insomnia may come and go. An occasional loss of night of sleep can be tolerated, but when the insomnia is chronic, physical symptoms may occur. Your mood may be affected, or you may feel irritable or anxious. Insomnia may be caused by stress, traumatic events, or physical changes such as menopause. Acupuncture and TCM will identify the underlying issue, and rebalance the body for a good nights sleep.

Simply– Acupuncture is very effective at alleviating stress and anxiety. Read some of our patient testimonials and notice the reports of the feeling of well-being after the treatments.

Laurie is the Best! Her treatments have been so helpful for my optimal wellness, especially in times of extra stress. Highly recommended!
Tyler Sussman
Tyler Sussman
2021-03-25
I was not a believer in acupuncture but my trainer insisted that I go and try it for several issues I had going on. Laurie was great. She was very patient with me when I listed all my health concerns. She was very considerate and caring. She explained my conditions in traditional Chinese medical terms which made a lot of sense to me. I was concerned that the actual treatment with acupuncture would hurt but it didn’t at all and I felt great after! Acupuncture works! Highly recommend.
Jeffrey Nicholas
Jeffrey Nicholas
2019-07-14
Laurie is the best acupuncturist in Los Angeles! She keeps my periods regular and pain free and treats my chronic back pain to keep me moving!
Tracy Anderson
Tracy Anderson
2019-07-14
I truly wish I could give Dr. Laurie Binder more than "5 Stars" as she's worth at least 10! She has truly transformed my life in a very short time. I started meeting with Laurie about 5 weeks ago, having never done acupuncture and not knowing what to expect. She was so kind, ebullient, compassionate and patient (I ask a LOT of questions) while explaining the procedure, the needle point placements, the history of acupuncture and the benefits of the therapy. Just by taking a quick glance at my tongue and feeling my pulse, she was able to diagnose a Spleen Qi Deficiency. Obviously, I had no clue what that meant, but when she started listing the symptoms--chronic fatigue, anxiety, being a worrywart, trouble losing excess weight, bloating and gas--the diagnosis was spot on! And, honestly, I had resigned myself to the fact that "that's just who I was" at this point in life. But to my extreme delight, after just one treatment with Laurie I noticed tremendous improvements in most of these areas. Almost instantly, that incessant chatter and worry that had filled my brain for years was quieted; and, it has continually diminished with each additional treatment. I now have a clear headspace and can focus on things that matter and bring me joy - I signed up with a Personal Trainer (I had been "thinking about it" for 2+ years), I am eating a clean/healthy diet for the first time EVER, I have let go of toxic/unhealthy relationships that I held onto for far too long and I just signed the lease on a new apartment after vacillating for the last 6 months. All of this in 5 weeks! In addition to those tangible "life" changes, my energy is phenomenal, my sleep has improved, I have little to no mood swings (I'm a Cancer lol) and I am the happiest I have been in many many years. I can't thank Laurie enough for her truly gifted work. I am, quite frankly, amazed by just how quickly and dramatically she has helped me transform my life for the better. I recommend her without reservation.
Simon Smith
Simon Smith
2019-04-19
Laurie gets six stars in my book. She is attentive, knowledgeable and a healer. She has always been present with me...every single time I've seen her. In my opinion, there is nothing more important, comforting and healing than that
Stephen Capaldo
Stephen Capaldo
2018-09-29
Acupuncture may not be for everyone, but if you have a fear of needles, please don't let that be a factor in seeking treatment from Dr. Binder. Acupuncture needles are so thin that the sensation you feel is more like a "zing" than a pin prick. I know, because I'm one of those people who really doesn't like needles at all. It took me a long time to try acupuncture as a way to relieve some aches and pains that otherwise wouldn't go away. I tried massage, body work, chiropractic, everything but would wake up feeling stiff and tired - no it wasn't my mattress or pillow. After two treatments with Dr. Binder my energy levels had increased dramatically and my aches and pains were gone. Really. Since then, I have found acupuncture treatments to help a variety of issues in a natural, healing way rather than seeking medications that only mask symptoms. Dr. Binder is a kind, caring, healing person with an abundence of knowledge and an excellent "bedside manner." Her offices are calm and soothing and so is her treatment process. I highly recommend her to anyone, especially those of you who are not fans of needles.
Jill Mazur
Jill Mazur
2018-06-09
I have seen Laurie for just over one month regarding weight loss. I have lost 10lbs so easily. Her acupuncture and her diet sheet is amazing. There was no pain but lots of gain (loss) in weight! I have never been so happy with any other method of weight loss, her scheme is enjoyable and certainly gets the results.
Victor Green
Victor Green
2018-06-06
I started going to Laurie for pain. It was my first time receiving acupuncture and really didn't know what to expect. Laurie's office is comfortable, relaxing and quiet. Laurie took the time to discuss my concerns. She really listened and really made me feel comfortable my first time. I am very active; I was in a lot of pain and discomfort and did not know how to manage that. Within a few sessions with her I could feel a great difference in my over all heath and had a lot less pain. Every time I see her I feel better. She is truly amazing at her work and really knows what she is doing. She has changed my life and helped me get my body running it's best with very little pain throughout my day. I see her weekly and her services only get better, she never rushes my appointment, she always listens to my needs and I truly feel better every time I see her. Not just after the session but truly better and the pain does not come back. It's amazing, some of the issues I have had my entire adult life and have been seen by several doctors and they could never help me. Laurie is helping me with these issues and I have incredible results from her. I would highly recommend her acupuncture and alternative health services. She knows what she's doing and truly cares about her patients and bettering their health.
Gia Genau
Gia Genau
2018-06-05
I'm so glad I found this wonderful acupuncturist in Dr. Laurie! I have had acupuncture with several practitioners but Laurie is the best. Great bedside manner and you can tell she genuinely cares about her patients.
Jim Carraway
Jim Carraway
2018-05-29
I have had back pain for years and haven’t been able to find relief with doctors. Dr. Binder was very companionate, listened to my complaints, and was extremely thorough. Dr. Binder is very knowledgeable and explained the process in a way that was easy to comprehend. I felt at ease with her and the process was painless. I felt immediate relief after my first treatment. I highly recommend Dr. Binder for any ailment you may have.
Elaina Hassan
Elaina Hassan
2018-05-29
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