A Healthy Remedy for Post-Election Stress Disorder (PESD): Try Acupuncture

Monday, November 7th, 2016


Big names, important decisions and huge headaches. Presidential election time may only come around every four years, but many would agree that they bring about a very anxious time, not only for those involved in the elections, but for the voters who must make the big decisions. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), 52% of U.S. adults say the 2016 U.S. presidential election is a very or somewhat significant source of stress. This year, this is even more evident as stress levels have increased higher for both Republican and Democrat voters, according to the APA. While most people would choose to use different pharmaceuticals to remedy their state of stress, acupuncture and other forms of East Asian medicine have proven time and time again to be an effective treatment method with little to no side effects.

“Acupuncture is not only effective in reducing anxiety and stress, but today’s Nationally Board-Certified acupuncturists can also address pain management and many other common health concerns,” said Kory Ward-Cook, PhD, CAE, Chief Executive Officer of the NCCAOM. “Acupuncture services to include Chinese herbal remedies may also help with digestive issues, allergies, skin problems and headaches – all of which have been shown to be brought on by a variety of stressors.”

Here are five reasons why you should consider acupuncture services to soothe your election-related woes:

  1. Acupuncture aids in production of cortisone and other anti-inflammatory secretions and can increase the internal production of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers.
  2. A recent study found that various forms of East Asian medicine outperformed sham treatments and standard care when used by people suffering from osteoarthritis, migraines and chronic back, neck and shoulder pain.
  3. Studies show that acupuncture has been scientifically proven to reduce high blood pressure – the silent killer.
  4. According to the Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine, acupuncture can increase the average lifespan by 11%, and overall longevity by a stunning 24%!
  5. Acupuncture and East Asian medicine promotes a general sense of functional balance in the body, leading to a longer and healthier life.

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About the NCCAOM
With a mission to ensure the safety and well-being of the public, the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is a nonprofit organization that advances acupuncture and Oriental medicine by establishing and promoting evidence-based standards of competence and credentialing.
Founded in 1982, NCCAOM certification indicates that a practitioner has met national standards for the safe and competent practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Since its inception, the NCCAOM has certified more than 24,000 Diplomates in acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, Asian Bodywork Therapy, and Oriental Medicine in America.
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