Acupuncture: Healing the Body from Stress and Bringing Peace to the Mind

Nov 22, 2014 by | lifestyle

Under any type of stress, whether its external or internal, the body’s natural reaction is to tense up. It does this as a form of protection. We have all felt this sensation before; our arms draw in closer to the body, shoulders raise, jaw clenches and skeletal muscles flex. This is our fight or flight mechanism kicking in and it is designed to save our lives in a moment of impeding danger. For many of us however, our lives become a constant state of fight or flight. We under sleep and over work while exhausting ourselves in busy schedules full of deadlines and commitments. Although we may not feel this internal stress right away it begins to slowly affect our physiological health.

The Impact of Tension and Stress

From a Chinese Medicine perspective the constant state of tension and stress creates blockages that will impair critical blood flow throughout the body. As this happens we begin to feel pain and discomfort. This pain is the body’s way of telling you that something is wrong and some time and energy needs to be directed towards healing. Many people, however, ignore this feeling and the blockages within the body worsen. Aches and pains begin to manifest in physical ways such as insomnia, edema, heartburn, arthritis, migraines and tumors. Now you may be thinking, how can we fix the original blockages before these more serious symptoms manifest themselves? I believe the answer lies in the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture.

Restoring Your Energy Flow

Acupuncture works by restoring blood and energy flow to areas of the body that became stagnant due to these blockages. The insertion of tiny needles immediately increases blood circulation to the affected area, which removes toxics and excess material, while invigorating the area with fresh nutrients and oxygen. Along with improved blood flow acupuncture stimulates the bodies parasympathetic nervous system. This system turns off our fight or flight response enabling full relaxation to occur. Once the body and mind are no longer under the influence of this stress response, the body’s natural healing process can begin. So although we can try to avoid stress in our lives, it is impossible to completely eliminate it. Therefore in order to prevent the detrimental effects of stress on our bodies, it is important to integrate practices such as acupuncture into our lives. It gives our body time to heal and our mind a moment of peace. As the Chinese saying goes “Where there is no movement, there is pain. Where there is movement, there is no pain.”