Acupuncture for Stress & Anxiety

Acupuncture for Stress & Anxiety

Acupuncture to relieve Stress & Anxiety

Stress is a natural response to situations in which we need to react quickly and effectively. It is a protective automatic release of hormones including Adrenaline, from the adrenal glands on top of the kidneys. In normal circumstances this fight or flight reaction gives you more energy, strength, focus, concentration and faster reaction times. Acupuncture, particularly Abdominal Acupuncture and relaxation techniques can help to keep the negative effects of stress to a minimum.

In our increasingly demanding busy lives these stress hormones are continuously released to keep us on our toes, ahead of the posy, and able to keep up in our increasingly competitive, home, work and even recreational lives. We can become dependent on stress to function. Excessive stress has a negative effect on the immune system and can lead to a huge number of symptoms which over a prolonged period of time can result in various illness’s and even life threatening conditions such as heart attack’s and stroke.

Stress Warning Signs and Symptoms
Cognitive Symptoms Emotional Symptoms
  • Memory problems
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Poor judgment
  • Seeing only the negative
  • Anxious or racing thoughts
  • Constant worrying
  • Moodiness
  • Irritability or short temper
  • Agitation, inability to relax
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Sense of loneliness and isolation
  • Depression or general unhappiness
Physical Symptoms Behavioral Symptoms
  • Aches and pains
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Nausea, dizziness
  • Chest pain, rapid heartbeat
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Frequent colds
  • Eating more or less
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Isolating yourself from others
  • Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
  • Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax
  • Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing)

How can acupuncture benefit your stress

  • Acupuncture targets the organs being affected by stress to reduce any symptoms.
  • Acupuncture will calm and relax you so that the body functions better without the need for stress hormones
  • It will nourish your body after years of living on adrenaline “adrenaline Junkie” and restore normal adrenal function.
  • Acupuncture will reduce blood pressure and relieve headaches.
  • It will restore your normal sleep patterns.
  • It will relieve your muscle tension and body aches.
  • It will ground you so that those everyday stresses no longer result in illness.

Acupuncture for Anxiety

Anxiety can present in various different forms, from very mild, fidgety feelings to more extreme symptoms such as Panic, severe nervousness debilitating fear with palpitations and insomnia. Anxiety can also affect digestion, menstrual cycle and can even lead to bouts of depression affecting your overall quality of life. Traditional Chinese medicine has been treating anxiety in all of its forms for millenia and acupuncture is extremely effective at correcting the imbalance that causes the Anxiety. If the underlying physiological cause of your anxiety is corrected then you will be much better able to see the “wood for the trees” and you will be well positioned to address any worries you may have with a renewed clarity.

Dave Shipsey will teach you acupressure points, breathing techniques and he will advise on lifestyle changes to help you to cope with stressful events so that you can manage your own stress levels, should the need arise.


My anxiety attacks stopped and Dave showed me some breathing techniques which i am still using and which have helped me enormously. I am still sleeping well and am a lot calmer than i used to be. Dave is an amazing healer and is excellent at what he does. He is very nice and down to earth. I would recommend his services to anyone with health problems” Kind regards Gwen Traynor
Gwen Traynor August 2014 – Dublin – Ireland