Traditional Chinese Medicine, a Trending Therapy for Stress and Anxiety


BROWNSVILLE, Texas (Central Valley) – Stress and anxiety levels can be a problem for some people, especially during the pandemic.

Today, traditional Chinese acupuncture therapy is used to treat these problems, according to a local licensed acupuncturist.

Rocio Lopez, acupuncturist and owner of White Pearl Acupuncture & Herbs, said therapy using thread-like needles to stimulate points on the body can help treat pain and even emotional distress.

She said the body has over 300 points where energy moves and blood circulates and needles are used to stimulate certain areas to help relieve symptoms.

“To help encourage blood circulation, help fight inflammation, it helps stimulate the nervous system, so the kind of activity between the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system, so it’s really great and important for the reduction stress too, ”Lopez said.

Lopez said that there are many scientific studies that show that acupuncture can help with several problems, including high blood pressure, insomnia, chronic pain, and mental health.

She said that acupuncture is for all ages and that she has patients who are as young as five years old.

The therapy has grown in popularity among healthcare workers, who are also grappling with the stress of the pandemic, according to Lopez.

“I’ve seen an increase in the number of people in the hospital, a lot of people are overworked, and they’re pretty exhausted at this point, so acupuncture has served as a form of almost rehab for sort of. recover them, at least to a more stable state, ”Lopez said.

Lopez explained that the therapy helps the nervous system by providing patients with restful sleep, less tension, and headache relief.

She said that although the needles can be intimidating, the therapy is virtually painless.

Lopez recommends that patients consult their doctor, therapist, or counselor before starting acupuncture treatment.

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