Acupuncture for Stress

Stress not only makes us feel unpleasant emotionally, it can exacerbate the risk of any health condition. 

As an evolutionary imperative, our bodies protect us from potential predators and aggressors by flooding the bloodstream with hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. Other fundamental functions such as digestion, immune and reproductive capabilities shut down, directing blood to our extremities, so if needed, we can fight what is threatening us, or run away if the threat cannot be dealt with.

Such threats are rare today, but we deal with chronic stress on a daily basis such as: multi-tasking as a parent, dealing with a tough co-worker or having a worrisome situation not being resolved. When we find ourselves in a constant state of stress, our health takes a toll over time. The constant increase in stress hormones is associated with many health problems such as a nagging headache, frequent insomnia or decreased productivity at work.

In order to maintain good health, it is necessary to manage stress on a regular basis, thereby preventing symptoms before they arise. From a Western viewpoint, stimulating specific body points with acupuncture alleviates stress by releasing endorphins—a natural pain-killing chemical in the brain that also acts as a sedative. Acupuncture also improves circulation of blood through the body, which oxygenates tissues and metabolizes cortisol and other waste chemicals. The calming nature of acupuncture also decreases heart rate, lowers blood pressure and relaxes the muscles. Its regulatory effects help bring cortisol levels back to baseline, and normalize stress hormone levels.

The following are common symptoms induced by chronic stress that we successfully treat:

  • Allergies
  • Frequent sinus infections
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Digestive problems
  • Insomnia
  • Migraine and tension headaches
  • Obesity
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes

Acupuncture is a great way to manage stress, but it’s not the only way. 

At our clinic, we also educate and encourage patients to practice regular exercise and adopt healthy eating and lifestyle habits. All of these combined help prevent and reduce the need more invasive medical interventions. In addition to being healthy, patients also report feeling “euphoric” after treatments, accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook on life.

Christina J.
San Carlos, CA
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Annie Wang is exceptional! Her knowledge, compassion, and care has helped me for YEARS! I continue to work with Annie to seek treatment for an overall sense of balance/wellness, support around gi issues and stress management. I highly recommend Annie Wang Acupuncture!
Vee M.
San Jose, CA
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I've seen several practitioners here and have received tremendous relief, primarily from digestive, stress, pain and cycle issues. Thank-you Team for your healing hands and comforting experience.
Denise B.
San Jose, CA
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I have suffered from chronic shoulder and back pain related to stress for quite some time and tried everything for relief, with no such luck. I was referred to Annie and her treatments are the only way I gain any relief from my stress related symptoms. Annie is professional, friendly, thorough, and truly cares about her clients. I look forward to my weekly session. With every session, I feel the stress melt right off me, fall fast asleep, gain relief of my shoulder/back pain, and leave feeling calm and relaxed. Annie is a true miracle worker.
Jess A.
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Annie is amazing! She is super knowledgeable and really offers customized service. I started off going to her for general stress relief but then went to her for specific treatment for an injury and she is just great. Always has a great energy and she cultivates a very warm, comfortable environment.
Mili S.
San Jose, CA
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Annie wang is an amazing acupuncturist. She has been able to get rid of my severe cluster headaches , help relieve stress, and make me feel overall better. She has great bed side manner and is very knowledgeable. I feel like my overall health has gotten better since starting to see her 8 months ago. I recommend her to all my friends and family!