MRI scanners reveal that after an acupuncture session the brain chemistry is altered to a calmer more peaceful state boosting the production of feel good chemicals, serotonin and dopamine.
What is stress?
Modern life can be very busy, with no time to unwind, poor self care. This can result in feeling overwhelmed, panic, racing mind, poor sleep, over eating, reaching for junk food, low mood, isolating, and generally feeling at breaking point. Too much stress can lead to health problems, including: back pain, depression, infertility, IBS, poor skin, anxiety, sleep problems, menopausal problems and panic attacks.
How can Acupuncture help?
In general, acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system and cause the release of neurochemical messenger molecules. The resulting biochemical changes influence the body’s homeostatic mechanisms, thus promoting physical and emotional well-being.
Research has shown that acupuncture treatment may specifically benefit stress/ anxiety disorders and symptoms of stress/anxiety by:
- Acting on areas of the brain known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, as well as promoting relaxation and deactivating the ‘analytical’ brain, which is responsible for anxiety and worry
- Improving stress induced memory impairment and an increasing AchE reactivity in the hippocampus (Kim 2011);
- Reducing serum levels of corticosterone and the number of tyrosine hydroxylase-immunoreactive cells
- Regulating levels of neurotransmitters (or their modulators) and hormones such as serotonin, noradrenaline, dopamine, GABA, neuropeptide Y and ACTH; hence altering the brain’s mood chemistry to help to combat negative affective states
- Stimulating production of endogenous opioids that affect the autonomic nervous system. Stress activates the sympathetic nervous system, while acupuncture can activate the opposing parasympathetic nervous system, which initiates the relaxation response;
- Reversing pathological changes in levels of inflammatory cytokines that are associated with stress reactions
- Reducing inflammation, by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors
- Reversing stress-induced changes in behaviour and biochemistry
Colette Assor Lic Ac MBAcC graduated in degree level acupuncture in 1999 and specializes in the treatment of all stress related health conditions. Colette is also fully qualified in aromatherapy and deep tissue massage.
Colette has over 20 years experience in this area and has formulated a treatment plan for anxiety, depression and all stress related disorders to help calm the nervous system. Part of this programme is the use of the Nada protocol, a system of ear acupuncture that is clinically proven to enhance feelings of calm and well being. Colette is a member of the British Acupuncture Council, the leading regulatory body for Acupuncture in the UK.
Colette Practises at North West London Physiotherapy centre in Hendon and at her private practise in Finchley.
Please call for a free telephone consultation. T: 0208 368 1130