Pin down this stress buster

Acupuncturist Rhiannon Griffiths practicing at The White House in Thame
Acupuncturist Rhiannon Griffiths practicing at The White House in Thame

An acupuncturist is campaigning to increase understanding of the benefits of the alternative therapy.

Rhiannon Griffiths, who practices at The White House in Thame and Susannah Nicholas Health & Beauty in Princes Risborough, has previously worked with Strictly Come Dancing’s Camilla Dallerup.

And now the British Acupuncture Council’s (BAC) annual Acupuncture Awareness Week running from March 2 to 8 is focusing on how it can help with stress.

Rhiannon said: “I’m thrilled the focus for the 2015 awareness week is on stress, because it is such a common modern day condition, and not many people know acupuncture can help stress.”

A study commissioned by BAC reveals British stress levels are on the up and over half the UK are more stressed now than 10 years ago.

Rhiannon says she has seen a rise in these patients coming into her clinic at The White House, on the Upper High Street in Thame.

In scientific terms, acupuncture has been shown to stimulate release of endorphins – the happy hormones – and oxytocin, the calm and contented hormone, leading to reduction of stress and pain.