Acupuncture is one of those modalities that has a lot of wonderful, beneficial and natural side effects. Decreasing stress, and relieving the symptoms of depression and anxiety are just a few!
Acupuncture is fantastic at providing relief for anxiety and stress. By naturally helping the body up the production of all the wonderful good endorphins, it helps to balance out the stress ones that are too high.
Cortisol is a naturally occurring steroid hormone which helps to regulate a lot of our bodily functions, but too much of it plays havoc in the body. You might notice weight gain, raised blood pressure, more signs of anxiety and depression, irritability, and possibly some changes to your menstrual cycle. The whole premise of Acupuncture treatments is to balance out the body, so it actually regulates the systems that create and store cortisol.
Acupuncture also helps increase serotonin and that is a good thing! A lot of Western medications are known as SSRIs (selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors) and what that means simply, is that they stop the body from reabsorbing serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter and when you suffer from stress, anxiety and depression you might not produce enough serotonin which stops all the good messages reaching the brain. The idea is that the more of it that is in the body, the better you feel because more receptors are being reached and the more positive the feedback loop becomes. But again, too much of a good thing can become a negative. It is important to maintain that healthy balance. Lucky for us Acupuncture boosts your serotonin production - naturally, and drug free.
To find out more how Acupuncture can help you feel good naturally, book in for an Initial Appointment and start taking your mental health to a calmer and happier state.