Did the holiday season sneak up on you? If you are feeling the effects of the holiday season, you are not alone! During the holidays we often find ourselves more stressed than ever. Holiday parties, shopping, large credit card bills, and entertaining can leave us feeling overwhelmed.
Several studies have found acupuncture to be particularly effective in treating stress. Even patients that deny experiencing stress in their lives report greater sense of lightness and better sleep after their acupuncture sessions. Common symptoms of stress are headaches, insomnia, digestive problems, muscle tension or pain and fatigue. It can also appear as depression or anxiety, anger, overreaction to everyday problems and memory loss.
Research studies shows that acupuncture activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which provides deep relaxation. Acupuncture releases endorphins, the body’s natural “feel good” chemicals, improves circulation which oxygenates the tissues and cycle out toxins.
If you can find time for acupuncture this time of year, do it — regular acupuncture treatments are a fantastic way to stay healthy and emotionally balanced during high-stress times.