Conquer the Holiday stress with Acupuncture

During the holiday season, many of us find ourselves more stressed than ever. Busy schedules, shopping, entertaining family and friends can leave us all overwhelmed. The Winter in Chinese Medicine is the season of the Water Element, which emphasizes the essence of life. The Water season is a time for rest, containment, storing energy and strength for the year ahead. Living in a society of continual striving and exertion where we expect instant results, Chinese medicine can help you to balance your body and helps you to move a little slower through the season.

 

Patients that deny experiencing stress in their lives report greater sense of lightness and evenness to their moods and better sleep after their acupuncture sessions.

 

In Chinese Medicine, each season has an associated natural element. As Winter descends and it gets colder outside, the Water Element dominates and we are meant to go deep inside, rest, simmer, reflect, but instead we seem to get busier and busier and more frantic during the holiday season.

 

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine is a great tool for stress relief during hectic times. Several studies have found Acupuncture to be particularly effective in treating stress, which researchers define as a physical, mental or emotional response to events which then cause mental or bodily tension. Common symptoms of stress are headaches, insomnia, digestive problems, muscle tension or pain and fatigue. It can also appear as depression or anxiety, anger, overreaction to everyday problems and memory loss.

 

Research studies shows that Acupuncture activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which provides deep relaxation. Acupuncture releases endorphins, the body's natural "feel good" chemicals, improve circulation which oxygenates the tissues and cycle out toxins.

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