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Stressed Out? Visit an Acupuncturist

Aug 17, 2007
Stress is a large part of most individual's lives, especially in our fast-paced, pressurized world to move faster and perform better. Sickness due to stress is a big factor in many missed days of work and a general loss of productivity, and millions of people seek more and more ways to relax and unwind.

It's true that stress in the form of short bursts of adrenaline can be a productive thing, such as in the case of giving a speech or being active in sports, but long-term stress is a killer and damages both body and brain. Reducing overall tension can be found in the form of many prescription medications, but more individuals are turning away from pills and drugs, looking to acupuncture to ease their jangling nerves.

Acupuncture has been around for centuries. It is the practice of using long, thin needles in different areas of the body. Acupuncturists believe that there is a flowing energy in everyone. This energy is known as Qi (pronounced chee). When the needles are placed in certain spots, the life force is relaxed, and the stress is reduced.

One particular area that has had recent focus by the medical community is around the ear. Mothers who were suffering from anxiety related to their children were given aural acupuncture and the relief was almost instant. The mothers felt less anxiety and stress, which then correlated into their children having less anxiety.

There is support for acupuncture from the Western world and modern medicine. The Food and Drug administration began regulating acupuncture in 1996 and requires professionals to be trained and licensed. Insurance companies are starting to offer coverage for acupuncture sessions and even doctors are referring their patients to acupuncturists for chronic pain and stress relief. Acupuncture continues to show positive results and maintains its strong, proven track record.

Acupuncture may not be for every individual. Sessions need to be repeated to see measurable, strong results, but each visit to an acupuncturist is a step in the right direction. The risks are low, especially with a certified acupuncturist giving you quality treatments, and side effects are extremely minimal.

You won't be filling your body with mood-altering drugs, and you most likely will see long-term, positive results from your sessions. Surely, with a procedure so simple and easy that is far away from the world of prescription medication, the technique of acupuncture is worth a try for stress relief.
About the Author
John Edmond owns and writes regularly for The Acupuncture Alternative where you can read many more articles on acupuncture as a genuine method for reducing stress helping you relax and unwind helping you make the most your life.
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