Surviving the Stress of the Pandemic with Acupuncture

Undoubtedly, the Covid-19 pandemic has taken its toll over the last year significantly affecting the mind, body, and spirit of everyone across the globe.

Stress, anxiety, restlessness, worry, fear and even anger are at near all-time highs. Finding ways to de-stress, reconnect and ground yourself, and assist with alleviation of both the physical and physical effects of the emotions surrounding the pandemic is not only important for mental health, but also for physiological health including the health of the nervous, immune, and hormonal system.

Traditional approaches to treat stress often include things like exercise, meditation and counseling. In addition to these more traditional interventions, another method that many people find effective to help manage and offset the effects of stress is by receiving regular acupuncture treatments.

Acupuncture is a 3,000-year-old medical treatment that in the modern age involves the placement of fine, thin, stainless-steel needles at specific points throughout the body. Each point is believed to have a specific effect on various zones, organs, tissues and even emotions within the body. Acupuncture has been proven to address many conditions related to stress which according to the World Health Organization include depression, headaches, hypertension, epigastric pain, neck pain, alcohol dependency, anxiety, insomnia and tobacco dependence, many of which are brought on or precipitated by chronic stress or stressful events.

Many people find they are more resilient, sleep better, are in less pain and able to cope with stress more efficiently when receiving regular acupuncture treatments. Acupuncture can be utilized with other therapies including pharmaceuticals and talk-related therapies, often providing a more comprehensive effect.

In addition to acupuncture, other treatment modalities can be prescribed such as herbal remedies, homeopathic medications and various nutrients which can also be added to your regimen by our acupuncturists to further assist the management of stress-related conditions beyond the clinic. Patients are encouraged to come at least once a week for 12 visits to complete what is considered a course of treatment. Many patients can feel the effects of treatment after the first visit, and some take four-to-five visits before noting results. We generally evaluate patient progress at the end of the sixth visit to determine patient response. Many patients find continuing therapy regularly as part of the stress management strategy helps bring more balance and wholeness to their life. This may include weekly, bi-weekly or monthly visits to obtain the best results and are therapy is unique and tailored to the individual.

Remember, that as far as treating and protecting yourself from COVID, you should follow the guidelines recommended by credible medical organizations. To learn more about how  acupuncture and natural medicine could be helpful for you,

whether it be for dealing with the stress related to the pandemic or any other issues, please contact us at 352-281-8989, email us at nflacupuncture@gmail.com, or visit our website to book a free 30-minute consult at www.nflacupuncture.com.

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