Stress & Anxiety Specialist

Daniel Abels, L.Ac. -  - Acupuncturist

Brannan Street Acupuncture

Daniel Abels, L.Ac.

Acupuncturist & Alternative Medicine Practitioner located in SoMa, South Beach, San Francisco, CA

Chronic stress and anxiety affects millions of people in the U.S., taking a significant toll on quality of life. As a skilled acupuncturist providing advanced care for patients in the SoMa district of San Francisco, CA, Dan Abels helps patients relieve stress-related symptoms and manage these chronic and debilitating conditions.

Stress & Anxiety Q & A

What does stress have to do with my health?

Studies have shown chronic stress and anxiety doesn't just have consequences for your emotional health; it can take a serious toll on your physical health as well. Being “stressed out” can cause your blood pressure to soar, interfere with restorative sleep, contribute to obesity and increase the incidence of inflammatory responses that can have an effect on every organ and tissue in your body. Learning to manage stress while also addressing the physical impact of stress, including widespread pain, headaches, digestive system problems and other aspects of chronic stress is the best way to reduce the impact of chronic stress so you can enjoy optimal health and wellness.

How does acupuncture help treat chronic stress and anxiety?

Acupuncture can help address both the emotional and physical aspects of chronic stress by focusing on the underlying source of stress and contributing to a feeling of well-being. Placing the acupuncture needles on specific points along the body's energy pathways, or meridians, helps promote the relief of pain and inflammation so physical symptoms can be relieved. Plus, many researchers believe acupuncture works in part by helping to promote the release of endorphins, important chemical substances that help promote a feeling of well-being.

Can acupuncture help with acute stress episodes as well?

Yes, acupuncture can help with acute stress that develops rapidly, usually in response to a specific event, as well as chronic stress that develops over time and becomes a pervasive influence in your life. Before your acupuncture treatment begins, you'll be evaluated to ensure the treatment you receive will be based on your needs for the best possible results.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

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Anthem Blue Cross of California
Beech Street
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program
Blue Shield of California
Coventry Health Care
GWH-Cigna (formerly Great West Healthcare)
Health Net
Multiplan PHCS
Multiplan, Inc.