In Chinese Medicine, Stress is due to what we call Liver energy stagnation. Stress tenses the body, muscles, tendons, jaw, leading to balances in every system in our body, as well as our spirit. When we are stressed, we block energy movement throughout our energy highways. This blockage can be reduced with meditation, qi gong, acupuncture, herbs, vitamins, and foods. You might think patients who come in for acupuncture treatment feel stress, but instead they feel relaxed and calm. Why does this happen?
Acupuncture from a western standpoint helps release endorphins, as well as serotonin. In chinese medicine, by tapping into these blockages through acupuncture (or even just magnet therapy or ear seeds, and sound healing) we help the flow of qi while strengthening the liver which helps us manage stress in the future.