Acupuncture is a branch of traditional Chinese medicine that fights against many everyday ailments, the first of which is stress. Given the extent of stress today and its impact on our health, it can be very beneficial to turn to this alternative medicine.
1- Acupuncture: how does it work?
Acupuncture is one of the five branches of traditional Chinese medicine, an ancient medicine dating back several millennia. It aims to rebalance the Qi, the vital energy that circulates in the body, in order to restore a good balance between the Yin and Yang of an individual. It considers that most health problems are related to a poor circulation of this energy, which creates internal blockages in the body. To restore this energy, needles are placed in different points of the body called meridians: the skin being endowed with many nerve endings, the meridians will be stimulated and will allow the energy to circulate again.
2- Why use acupuncture to fight stress?
In acupuncture, stress is considered to be the result of numerous blockages of the Qi that create a sort of traffic jam in the body: these blockages hinder the circulation of energy and stress thus becomes cumulative. This accumulation is due to the tensions linked to our current way of life (heavy workload, lack of sleep, social pressure…) and could be avoided by a regular practice of meditation, for example. Acupuncture intervenes when the damage is done in order to restore a basic balance. By acting against stress, it will not only undo these blockages (thus fighting against the symptoms) but also try to prevent it by looking for the precise cause.
3- Acupuncture and the search for the causes of stress
Thus, acupuncture will try to determine the causes of stress in the patient: they are specific to each individual. In traditional Chinese medicine, psychological health is not dissociated from physical health: each feeling, each anxiety, is linked to a particular organ. A good acupuncturist will therefore start by trying to identify the sensations causing the patient’s stress. Then, he will target the meridians linked to the organs associated with these feelings.
4- How does an acupuncture session for stress work?
Most often, an acupuncture session will begin with a discussion with the doctor to better determine the causes of the discomfort. Once this is done, the patient will lie down on the examination table so that the doctor can position the needles on the right meridians (in this case, it will often be the inside of the wrists or the sternum, but other areas are of course possible). It is not painful and usually lasts about 20 minutes. It often happens that at the end of the session, a great deal of fatigue is felt: this is quite normal, so take the time to rest until the next day.
Acupuncture is a branch of traditional Chinese medicine. It heals functional disorders of the body by restoring the circulation of Qi, the vital energy of each individual.
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