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Acupuncture for Stress Relief

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Acupuncture has been shown to be an effective, safe and drug-free alternative treatment for stress relief.

Stress is a natural response of the body to the various demands we place upon it. In ancient times, our stress response, also known as our fight or flight response, provided us with energy to preserve life during difficult situations, such as an attack or threat by a wild animal.

Unfortunately, modern day stress is considerably higher, more frequent and more consistent than what our predecessors experienced.

An Acupuncture & TCM Approach to Stress

Practitioners of acupuncture for stress relief in combination with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have been treating people for thousands of years.

The ancient theories of TCM on how stress affects the organs are similar to those of Western medicine. However, TCM theory and treatment go far beyond treating symptoms and signs and address the root cause(s) of or the problem.

One way that stress affects the body is by causing a depletion or blockage of Qi (pronounced “chee”), especially that of the kidneys and adrenals.

Qi is the vital energy or power that animates and supports the functions of the body. It flows through specific pathways, called meridians (see diagram below), and provides nourishment for the entire body.

When Qi becomes “blocked” or the supply is inadequate, the body and organ systems become “stressed out” and our health is then compromised.


Meridian Pathways that demonstrates how acupuncture works


Using acupuncture for stress works to support and restore the integrity of the various organs affected and depleted by the stress response, along with evaluating the quality and quantity of Qi.

Your acupuncturist, Jenny Bisset may also suggest adjunct therapies to enhance treatment and speed healing. Proper eating habits, as well as exercise, stretching, movement and meditation practices, support and promote a balanced and healthy body, mind and spirit.


“I’ve been working with Jenny Bisset for a couple of months on my ongoing issue with insomnia, as well as stress and exhaustion. I’ve worked with other Acupuncturists before, and so I know when it works and when it doesn’t.

My insomnia is much better, and I look forward to my weekly sessions with Jenny to keep me in balance and better able to handle the stress of running a business.”
– Taru F., San Carlos

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