Contact Madeleine - 087 9160385

Stress, Anxiety and PTSD

Stress, Anxiety & PTSD

Stress is a normal bodily reaction to a real or perceived threat in a person’s life. However, chronic stress can affect many aspects of a person’s life including their emotions, behaviours, thinking ability and physical health.  Symptoms of stress may include:

  • Constant worry
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Being irritable
  • Sleep disruption
  • Mood swings
  • Difficulties with concentration
  • Headaches or dizziness
  • Chest pain or a faster heartbeat
  • Muscle tension or pain
  • Stomach and digestive symptoms
  • Avoidance of places or people

Chronic stress may also be expressed in a range of chronic anxiety disorders such as generalised anxiety disorder, panic attacks, phobias and PTSD. 

PTSD “Post-traumatic stress disorder” is a physiological disorder that can result from being exposed to a traumatic event. The disorder results in several different symptoms including anxiety, irritability, insomnia and flashbacks. The effects of post-traumatic stress disorder in someone’s life can be far reaching. Feelings of hopelessness, shame and despair, problems at work or with relationships, serious health problems, depression, anxiety and drug or alcohol abuse are not uncommon.

Traditional Chinese Medicine recognises the degree to which our emotions affect our overall wellbeing. Acupuncture has been shown to lessen stress symptoms and reduce anxiety behaviours. The intensity of stress, anxiety and PTSD symptoms varies from person to person. At Donabate Acupuncture we provide a space where you can relax, destress, be heard and be supported.

Studies have shown that acupuncture reduces the body’s production of stress hormones and that acupuncture has a protective effect on the body’s response to stress. 


  • Calms the nervous system which alleviates the symptoms of stress, decreases heart rate and blood pressure
  • Boosts the immune system to improve stress related fatigue
  • Regulates the flow of disturbed energy to restore balance and increase feelings of wellbeing
  • Regulates hormonal balance to reduce the stress response
  • Works in tandem with diet, exercise and lifestyle advice