Acupuncture is something that is excellent at helping to ease the symptoms of stress and help us to feel better and even help our bodies to repel against stress and be stronger. Most of us can’t get into acupuncture appointments on a daily basis, so having some tools to use throughout the day, in between visits, can be a great help for someone to get some relief, and have a better day. Below are a few acupuncture points that you can use “acupressure” on, to reduce tension, pain, and other symptoms associated with stress.
Symptoms of Stress:
Stress is a normal physiological response to emergency situations, and at low levels it can even help to increase productivity because it stimulates the adrenals to produce hormones that help us to stay alert and focused, like when you drink a cup of coffee. The problem comes when that stress level is too high, or if it is sustained for too long. Then your body starts to develop symptoms of too much stress which can cause mild to even severe interruptions to your life. Common symptoms of too much stress to your body include:
· Anxiety or Depression
· Difficulty with Concentration
· Nausea or heartburn
· Gas, bloating, or changes in bowel movements
· Chest Pains and Heart Palpitations
· Insomnia or troubled sleep
· Eating Disorders
· Cravings or addictions with Sugar, Alcohol, Smoking and other Drugs
4 Acupressure Points to Relieve Anxiety and Stress:
Stomach 36 – Leg Three Miles– This point is located a hands width (four fingers, not including the thumb) below the knee cap and one finger width away from the bone on the leg. Applying pressure at this point increases the circulation to the GI tract which is a sysem that gets deeply impacted by stress. Have you ever had gas or bloating, or changes in your appetite from stress? This is why! By pressing on Stomach 36, you help your GI tract to fight back from the stress and help to resume normal function. This point also helps to give a boost of energy which can be very helpful during times of stress. To activate this point, apply pressure and even do a little firm massage on the point for about 1 minute, multiple times throughout the day, especially after a meal.