Your Antidote to the Pressures of Modern Life

stress acupuncture

Are you feeling stressed out with modern life

I get it. Living today is full of pressures which increases stress and adversely affects our health and well being. But did you know that Traditional Chinese Medicine is equipped to help you cope better and strengthen your response to pressure?

Stress is a normal physiological response triggered when we feel threatened. When we are stressed both our “fight or flight” responses and our immune systems are activated. These normal responses can be helpful as they prepare our bodies to help deal with the source of the threat. However, when we are under too much stress, or ongoing chronic stress, our stress hormones might not return to normal levels; we are then left in a permanent state of fight or flight..


When we are stressed, we often feel irritable, frustrated and angry, or anxious, afraid and depressed. Alongside these feelings, our bodies also react, causing various aches and pains anywhere in our body, or other symptoms such as insomnia or increased pre-menstrual symptoms.

At the Jade Centre we provide a personalised acupuncture treatment which begins with an in-depth consultation looking at all aspects of your life and health. By looking, listening and asking, giving you the time you deserve, we can join the dots and get to the root of the problem in order to prescribe the best treatment for you.

The TCM Approach to Stress

In TCM, when we see patients suffering with stress, we usually diagnose “Liver qi stagnation”. In Chinese medicine, the Liver (not the same as the western medicine organ) oversees the smooth flow of qi throughout the body.

Tension and stress quickly stagnates Liver qi, potentially giving rise to multiple symptoms; aches or pains that become worse for emotional tension are diagnosed as being caused by qi stagnation. 

During your session we can discuss how stress may be affecting you. Maybe you are experiencing stress related neck and shoulder tension or headaches?

Or do you have a general sense of stress and anxiety causing you to feel overwhelmed by day-to-day activities? Or is your stress causing you difficulty sleeping or other problems such as digestive issues?


Acupuncture “De-stress session”- What to Expect

What Happens at the Initial Appointment?

The acupuncture “de-stress session” will be tailor-made to help reduce both your stress related symptoms, alongside promoting a deep sense of relaxation. 

Your session takes place in a smart stylish treatment room, with scented relaxation candles and relaxing music; laid on a comfortable treatment couch, you will enter a deeply relaxed state and leave the clinic feeling wonderfully relaxed.

You can book your appointment online.

How long will the treatment last and what will it cost?

While a one off “De-Stress session” will help get you in the relaxed zone, better still have a few once weekly sessions. This will help build your resilience to stress related illness. Treatment is £70 for a 45 minute session.

Frequently Asked Questions

Most of the acupuncture points will be on your arms and legs: we might also use a special point at the top of your ear to help with relaxation. Another commonly included point is one between your eyebrows; like the “third eye”, this point has a powerful calming effect and helps reduce insomnia, anxiety and agitation.

Side effects are very rare, but may include some soreness and minor bleeding or bruising where the needles were inserted.  Single-use, disposable needles are used at the Jade Centre so the risk of infection is minimal.

It may surprise you, but acupuncture is not painful! You should experience a mild sensation, such as a feeling of heaviness or light tingling when the acupuncture needles are first put in. This quickly turns into a feeling of deep relaxation.


While a one off “De-Stress session” will help get you in the relaxed zone, better still have a few once weekly sessions. This will help build your resilience to stress related illness. Treatment is £70 for a 45 minute session.

Your well-being and safety is our highest priority. Only disposable pre-sterilised single-use acupuncture needles are used in our clinic.
In addition, I follow my strict professional guidance regarding general clinic hygiene. and cleanliness.

I’ll start by asking some questions about your health and any condition you may have.
Some of these questions rather different from the usual questions a doctor may ask, such as how much liquid you drink, what your tongue looks like, or what your eating habits are.

Your clear answers to these questions are important for me to be able to understand the way your body is functioning. We will then be able to put together your individual treatment plan.

Acupuncture is generally safe alongisde other treatments, but if you have a bleeding disorder, such as haemophilia, or are taking anticoagulants, talk to your GP before you have acupuncture. 

Acupuncture is also not usually advised if you have a metal allergy or an infection in the area where needles may be inserted.

It’s also generally safe to have acupuncture when you’re pregnant. However, please let us know if you’re pregnant because certain acupuncture points cannot be used safely during pregnancy.

The number of sessions needed varies hugely depending on you and your condition.

Acute conditions may only need a few sessions. For more long-standing chronic conditions you may need to have one or two weekly sessions for a few weeks, months or until your symptoms have subsided.