Acupuncture for Stress Reduction

Stress is something that everyone deals with at one point or another, but for some people, stress becomes chronic and life-altering. The human body responds to perceived danger by increasing cardiovascular response, decreasing digestion, reducing the production of serotonin, and putting off non-urgent functions such as sleep and reproduction. In the face of physical danger, this response is life-saving. In the modern world, however, many non-threatening situations become perceived as dangerous. When this occurs for an extended period of time, the effects on health can be drastic.

While there is widespread understanding of the causes and effects of chronic stress, most traditional treatments are stop-gap solutions which treat only the symptoms of stress. On the other hand, using acupuncture for stress relief, can bring long-term results.

Symptoms and Traditional Treatments

Stress has an undeniable effect on both the mind and body. It is associated with a variety of physical and emotional problems, such as:

  • Insomnia

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Strained personal relations

  • Frequent headaches, including migraines

  • Gastrointestinal problems, including irritable bowel syndrome

  • High blood pressure

  • Decreased fertility

These associations are well known, making the connection between mind and body clear. Yet traditional treatments tend to treat either the mind or the body, not both at the same time. The medical model treats these conditions with either therapy or drugs such as anti-depressants, sleep aids, painkillers, or beta-blockers. These medications can take as long as several months to take effect, can have dramatic side effects, and they fail to address the underlying problem.

It is an unfortunate fact that the very practices which can lower stress and reduce the risk of mood disorders - namely, a healthy diet, regular exercise, and adequate sleep - often become difficult to maintain in the face of chronic stress. Instead, in addition to medical solutions, many people use short-term coping mechanisms to deal with stress. These include:

  • Massage

  • Self-care such as long baths or shopping

  • Reducing time spent on hobbies and leisure activities

  • Excessive television consumption

  • Avoiding physical activity

  • Comfort eating

These activities vary from detrimental to neutral in terms of effect on overall health. However, they all have one thing in common: like traditional medicine, they ignore the underlying problem in favor of short-term solutions that neglect the mind-body connection. When the soothing activity ends, the stress soon returns, having never been truly addressed.


To choose acupuncture for stress is to choose a holistic treatment which acknowledges and exploits the connection between the mind and the body. It has been shown to be effective in the relief of stress, without the shortcomings of traditional treatments.

Acupuncture works in several ways to reduce stress. It increases the circulation, which relaxes the cardiovascular system, decreasing blood pressure and heart rate. Acupuncture targets trigger points where tension accumulates, relaxing those areas and causing stress to leave the body. While several initial appointments may be required, the results can last for months or even years - a sharp contrast to other treatments, which fade within days or even hours. Also unlike other treatments, acupuncture is not associated with undesirable side effects, but instead with an increase in overall well-being, both physical and emotional.

In addition to using acupuncture for stress relief, many people find it beneficial to use other holistic forms of stress reduction, such as healthy eating, meditation, and mindful exercises such as yoga and Qi Gong. These approaches, combined with acupuncture, can be important tools for combating stress in the future.

SouthEast Chiropractic: The Motion Centers in Gastonia has highly trained and specialized staff equipped to accommodate your acupuncture treatments either in conjunction with or separately from a chiropractic treatment regime.  We will begin with an assessment of your current condition and look for ways to reduce stress and to treat the physical conditions that have presented from the burden of stress in an individual's life.  

Our friendly and experienced team members will be here to help you through each step of the process. So, why delay improving your condition and future? Click the button below for a free consultation appointment. We will promptly reach out to you, in your preferred method of contact, to schedule your initial consult.  As always, we respect your privacy and your information will be kept confidential.