Acupuncture and Stress. Acupuncture treatment for stress by the Torbay Acupuncture Centre, Torquay, Torbay Devon

How to Make Stress your Friend – TED Talk


In my acupuncture clinic I see lots of people who are suffering from stress, and I know that acupuncture can be hugely beneficial, because the whole experience is so deeply relaxing.

In Chinese medicine the Liver is often associated with stress. This is because the Liver is in charge of the smooth flow of energy and the negative and constricting nature of life’s stresses and strains can cause it to stagnate.

In this fascinating talk about stress, health psychologist Kelly McGonigal explains that indeed, stress can constrict our arteries and cause us harm, but in fact it doesn’t have to. She explains how new research suggests that the way we view stress has a huge impact on our physical response to it. Furthermore, our body also provides its own antidote to the harmful effects of stress, in the form of oxytocin – the hormone that encourages us to seek and offer help to others.

Interestingly, Kelly also makes the link between stress and courage – probably the emotion most strongly associated with a balanced and healthy Liver in Acupuncture theory.

The British Acupuncture Council Acupuncture Research Fact Sheets for Stress

Rachel Geary

Rachel Geary BA(Hons), Lic. Ac. MBAcC is a fully qualified acupuncturist, having graduated from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in 2002. She has previously practised in Inverness and Barnstaple. "I first became interested in acupuncture whilst I was at university studying History and Philosophy. I was particularly drawn to eastern philosophy, which I found particularly elegant and beautiful. I then went on to complete a three and a half year course of study in acupuncture and discovered it to exemplify these very same qualities. I feel very privileged to have been able to learn so much about the Chinese understanding of health and to be able to use this knowledge to help others." Rachel Geary is a Registered Acupuncturist, she is registered at The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), and The Association of Community and Multibed Acupuncture Clinic (ACMAC).