First time acupuncture patients are often surprised by the increased feeling of well-being and relaxation after their treatments, regardless of whether they are coming in for back pain, digestive issues, or dermatological complaints. I always call this the acu-high. It can be thought of as pushing the reset button to your nervous system... wiping away the stress that it handles from your day to day life. As this article explains, acupuncture helps to rebalance the HPA axis; the series of steps between when you first experience a stressor and when your body is flooded with cortisol, a stress hormone released from the adrenal glands. If you are in a temporary situation that triggers the stress response, your body can pretty quickly bounce back to its equilibrium. The problem comes when we stay in a constant state of stress; weakened immune function, increased pain, insomnia, depression, and anxiety can all be linked to chronic stress.
Enter acupuncture. With only a few needles the HPA axis is taken down a notch, allowing the body to enter a state of rest and regeneration. At its core, acupuncture is simply that: putting the body in a state where it can finally heal itself. So if you find yourself getting overwhelmed by life's stressors, don't wait for it to cause any larger issues. Come in for a treatment and let acupuncture get you back in balance.