Yes, acupuncture is helpful for all sorts of stress because the body does not distinguish between physical and psychological threats, or whether they are real or imagined. Everyone experiences stress differently through mind, body and behaviour. Stress is anything that poses a challenge or threat to our wellbeing where the body reacts as if you are facing a life-or-death situation. Chronic stress means your stress response is on most of the time and your mind cannot switch it off.
Modern research has shown that needling certain points can activate complex chemical responses within the body. Acupuncture stimulates the release of neurotransmitters such as beta-endorphin, met-encephalin, serotonin, adrenocorticotropic (ACTH) hormone and Substance P. These chemicals are vital in reducing and offsetting the buildup of cortisol, as well as resetting the neuro-chemical balance in the brain. These hormones are the "feel good" chemicals the body naturally produces when in the parasympathetic state of rest and digest.
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