The power of relaxation with acupuncture

Studies show that stimulating some acupuncture points help to modulate cortisol in the body, reaching more than 25% reduction.

We’ve never been as stressed as we are today!

We live instabilities in the most diverse areas, and we live with our internal chaos superimposed and amplified by the post Covid-19 pandemic.

We call stress any disruption of the organism’s balance, resulting in a state of pathological tension if it occurs in a prolonged and repeated way.

According to Chinese medicine, stress and anxiety are disharmonies of the mind and can occur due to excesses, deficiencies or energy stagnation.

According to eastern philosophy, symptoms are always interconnected and with this we observe that in addition to stress there is also insomnia, headaches, tiredness, irritability, discouragement and lack of concentration.

In addition, depending on the level of anxiety and stress, those who suffer from it may have high blood pressure, poor circulation, constipation, blood changes, muscle pain and skin problems.

According to Guyton, stress and anxiety levels can be checked by measuring cortisol.

Cortisol is an essential hormone for life produced by the adrenal cortex and has an effect on glucose metabolism.

One of its main functions is to raise its level in the bloodstream in the face of a stressful situation.

Its release through the adrenal glands stands out as a very important factor in the body’s resistance to physical or psychological aggression.

The excessive release of cortisol ends up triggering situations of loss of control, anxiety and especially stress.

Studies show that stimulating some acupuncture points help to modulate cortisol in the body, reaching more than 25% reduction.

Many patients report going into a state of relaxation instantly, even on the stretcher with the needles they are already in lethargy and this relaxation effect is potentiated by the dim environment, instrumental music often in brain waves providing calm.

There is still a great perception of improvement in muscle tension with acupuncture, evidenced by the reduction of electromyographic activity of muscles such as the trapezius, which denote tension in the shoulders and neck, and masticatory muscles, often tense in bruxism and stress clenching.

It is important to look for a trained and specialized professional who can establish a syndromic diagnosis for the complaints and assemble an individualized and personalized treatment, with adequate choice and prescription of points to guarantee the results of relaxation.

The choice to take time to take care of yourself is important, as it helps in coping with routines and provides greater well-being to stay in
balance.

Together, it is recommended that good health choices be made and that associated psychological treatment be sought.

Bibliography

Acupuncture as a Complementary Therapy in the Treatment of Stress Symptoms. – CETN

Study of the effects of acupuncture on sleep patterns and cortisol secretion in women with chronic pain

Acupuncture is effective in alleviating all types of stress.

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