The practice of acupuncture has been helping people deal with physical ailments for thousands of years. Many use it for pain and chronic diseases. What many don’t know is that acupuncture can also help with the stress caused by a divorce.
A divorce is one of the most stressful situations a person experiences; to be sure, it may even be nearly as difficult as the loss of a loved one. Sadly, those who are separated or divorced experience high rates of mortality, hypertension and alcoholism. This is due to the high levels of stress involved with a divorce.
To relieve stress, you might consider a massage. Maybe you can take a relaxing bubble bath or spend the evening on the couch watching TV. These options may help uplift your spirits temporarily, but they do not address the root cause of the stress. That is why many people recommend acupuncture to help with post-divorce stress.
If you have never experienced acupuncture before, this may be a frightening prospect. You may not understand how thin needles can actually reduce stress. In a nutshell, the needles help energy flow better through the body, helping us feel better physically, mentally and emotionally.
Acupuncture eliminates stress at the molecular level. Biological mechanisms are involved, since stress produces cortisol, which lowers immunity and makes stress even more prevalent. It also leads to physical ailments such as headaches and digestive problems. Using needles on certain parts of the body stimulates certain points that relieve stress.
Acupuncture reduces these biological responses to stress. It balances out anger and frustration and increases happiness and joy.
Ultimately, acupuncture is based on the principles of Chinese medicine. Strong emotions such as stress and anxiety interrupt the flow of energy in our bodies. Needles penetrate acupuncture points, unblocking the energy flow. This causes stress and anxiety to decrease.
-Jordan Herrin from Divorce Matters