Acupuncture for Stress

Stress, Depression and Anxiety


Huw Griffiths is a Classical Five Element acupuncturist who has been in Acupuncture practice for over 30 years. Huw trained with Professor J.R. Worsley, a foremost teacher of Five Element Acupuncture, which emphasises identifying and treating the underlying cause of disease.

Not just the outward manifestation of symptoms. In this way, the body/mind works naturally to balance and heal itself.

Five-element acupuncture provides an effective, safe, drug-free way to help to bring relief from a wide range of mental health symptoms and helps you to maintain a stable level of balanced health.

The focus of acupuncture diagnosis and treatment looks at symptoms of illness concerning you and your lifestyle.

What are the effects of Stress, Anxiety and Depression on health?

How you live your life, how you think, feel and experience your relationships and environment all interact to influence health and well-being. Health is a positive cycle. When we are balanced, we feel at home in ourselves, anchored and feeling good in the world.

Stress can be a negative cycle. When upheaval and stress through internal or external causes disturb our sense of balance, our innate organising force is disrupted, defences are weakened, and our Qi (vital energy) becomes exhausted or blocked.

We lose our way and sense of well being. This, in turn, conspires to further imbalance and more feelings of stress and anxiety, which can ultimately lead to physical or psychological breakdown and illness.

Many physical symptoms of illness can be a direct result of Stress, Depression and Anxiety.

Studies show that stress has a direct impact on the function of the immune system. Stress responses show increased strain upon the circulatory system causing increased heart rate and high blood pressure.

Stress causes an increase in problems with the process of digestion and the digestive system.

The way you deal with stress can also have an indirect effect on illness. There is an increased tendency to resort to coping strategies such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.

Acupuncture treatment helps to stop the cycle of Stress, Depression and Anxiety.

Acupuncture treatment regulates the flow of Qi throughout the body, clearing blocked, weak, and imbalanced Qi. This helps to increase energy levels, calms the mind and improves overall well-being. A five-element acupuncturist diagnostic techniques address a patient’s needs on all levels of body, mind and spirit and respond accordingly with a process of treatment unique to each individual.

Acupuncture treatment has been shown to affect the primary area of the brain that deals with stress, which is sometimes referred to as the emotional brain, which responds via the autonomic nervous system whenever you perceive a threat, be it real or imagined. Acupuncture helps to restore balance and brings relief from symptoms of stress-related illness.

Testimonials for Acupuncture

30 yr Headache

After 30 years of suffering chronic headache on an almost daily basis, I have done the rounds of GPs who don’t understand, hospital specialists and IRM scans where nothing was found. Prescription after prescription for medication did not work and made me feel worse and in the last 3 years the intensity of headache pain had increased dramatically.

Following a recommendation from a friend, I went to see Huw. What a difference in approach! Huw listens and takes a holistic approach to finding out what’s wrong and what to do about it. Very quickly there is a sense of calm and understanding which helps to build trust and I decided to follow his treatment programme of combined acupuncture and mindfulness sessions.

Although I have not yet completed the programme, already after just 3 months my headaches are already on the way to disappearing. I have not had an intense headache in months and recently, for the first time in 30 years, no headache at all for several consecutive days at a time.

As a “busy” person, always on the go and always thinking about something needing to get done. Huw’s approach to mindfulness, combined with the acupuncture sessions, have not only helped with my headaches but also helped to calm me down, recalibrate and improve how I approach my work and my life.

For those who understand how debilitating and depressing chronic headache for 30 years can be, it is not an exaggeration to say that finding a treatment that truly works is life changing – thank you Huw, you have changed my life

Chris Tapp 2019


When I first met Huw I had had Glandular Fever that had then become ME. Before I was ill, and subsequently diagnosed, I was a 20 year old classical ballet dancer and therefore extremely fit and healthy. Once the claws of ME had got into my system I was basically incapable of most activities, even just walking up stairs
would exhaust me. I had seen every specialist under the sun and had been told that there was nothing that they could do for me and that I would probably end up in a
Huw was the first and only person to say that he could help. Even after the first appointment I felt some improvement overall and over time I started to get the feeling back in my arms and legs. Then my energy levels started to improve. To this day I see Huw when I feel my body starting to send the warning signs.
Thanks to Huw, I have gained a clearer understanding of my body and how it works, an awareness of nutrition and its effect on my body and most of all a profound sense of being alive and living for this very minute.


When I first saw Huw I was suffering from acute colitis. My GP had recommended I see a gastric specialist and after a series of blood tests, colonoscopy and liver biopsy they found out what was wrong and wanted to give me steroids, which I refused.
I was recommended acupuncture from a friend who was seeing Huw for her hay fever and acupuncture was helping a lot. Acupuncture worked quickly, it probably took three weeks to stop but even after the initial treatment things were much better.
As far as I am concerned acupuncture has saved me from being prescribed steroids continuously.
Alexia 2016