Acupuncture in treating Stress & Anxiety



Anxiety & Stress are two conditions that impact many people every day. It can be difficult to suffer with these issues because they can be inhibiting, while not causing physical pain they can deeply impact our daily lives. Luckily, acupuncture is an excellent outlet to treat these conditions naturally while seeing the body as a whole to understand the source of these problems.  

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the Liver and Heart are associated with stress and emotions. Why? The liver’s responsibilities include storing blood and maintaining the free flow of qi. The heart’s responsibilities include housing the spirit and governing blood. Thus, the Liver and Heart’s association with emotions arises from the idea that emotions affect the directionality of qi as well as the interconnection between qi and blood. Therefore dysfunction of Liver and Heart can lead to symptoms such as hypertension, palpitations, stress, anxiety, irritability and insomnia. It is important to note that dysfunction of the Liver and Heart does not mean there is actually a physical problem with the Liver or Heart.

So what can ARC do to help? Our acupuncturist can needle different acupuncture points to tonify the liver, tonify the heart, promote the flow of qi, promote the creation of blood, relax the mind, and calm the spirit. Our therapist can also perform massages to promote the flow of qi, relax the mind, body and spirit. Modalities such as electro-acupuncture and moxibustion can further amplify the effect of acupuncture, help relax muscles and tendons, promote the flow of qi and blood, as well as calm the mind. Remember ARC is happy to help you!

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