A significant proportion of the population suffer from stress and anxiety each year. Many people are familiar with symptoms such as extreme fatigue, mood swings, poor sleep patterns, and depression. Acupuncture is believed to balance the nervous system by causing the release of neurochemicals in the brain resulting in biochemical changes in the body. Over time, these biochemical changes promote longterm recovery resulting in better physical and emotional well-being.
Research has shown that acupuncture treatment may specifically benefit anxiety disorders and symptoms of anxiety by acting on areas of the brain known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, as well as promoting relaxation and deactivating the 'analytical' brain, which is responsible for anxiety and worry. In regulating levels of neurotransmitters and hormones such as serotonin, noradrenaline and corticosterone, the brain's mood chemistry may be altered to help combat negative affective states. Stress activates the sympathetic nervous system, while acupuncture can activate the opposing parasympathetic nervous system, which initiates the relaxation response. In addition, research suggests that acupuncture may reverse changes in levels of inflammatory cytokines that are associated with anxiety and generally reverse stress-induced changes in behaviour and biochemistry.
Michelle is an experienced, highly qualified traditional acupuncturist and a fully registered member of the British Acupuncture Council. She offers a top quality one-to-one acupuncture service tailored to an individual's needs.
She operates from a complementary health clinic in Guildford town centre and treats privately in a relaxing environment at a peaceful clinic on the outskirts of Guildford in Surrey. She also does mobile work as needed. Both clinics are easily accessible within Guildford itself and from the surrounding areas of Surrey including Cranleigh, Godalming, Farnham, Woking and Farnborough.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss anything about acupuncture before making an appointment, please feel free to contact me on 07775 122754 or email me at
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