In TCM, stress, anxiety, depression or any strong emotion can interrupt the smooth flow of energy throughout the body. According to TCM theory, energy flows through our body through a network of “pathways”, similar to a highway system. Stress, irritability/anger, or any intense emotion acts like a traffic jam, interrupting the free flow of energy in the body. Stagnation is the term used in TCM to describe the condition. Stagnation can cause tension in the muscle in addition to pain or headache. It can also cause malfunction of the organs/systems. Stagnation can easily be addressed through stimulating specific acupuncture points chosen based on the body condition. It has been reported that acupuncture works to alleviate stress by releasing endorphins – the natural pain reliever. Futhermore, acupuncture improves circulation, thus, it facilitates detoxification process. The calming nature of acupuncture slows down heart rate, relaxes the muscles and lowers blood pressure, all of those being factors that contribute to depression and anxiety.