Stress is a normal part of life.
But left unmanaged, stress is a major contributor to illness and disease.
Medical research increasingly supports the critical role that stress can play in diseases such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal disorders, cancer, psychological and neurologic disorders, as well as a host of disorders linked to immune system disturbances, such as environmental allergies and autoimmune conditions.
Acupuncture has been found to be an incredibility effective means of mediating stress and improving overall health. It restores homeostasis (balance) by promoting the body’s natural healing capabilities. How does that work?
In Chinese medical theory, strong emotions – stress – interrupt the body’s smooth flow of energy, or Qi. When stress is unrelenting and present for long periods of time, it creates blockages – energetic “traffic jams” that often manifest as pain, fatigue, anxiety, depression, headaches, poor digestion, and decreased immunity.
Stress triggers the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. The HPA axis then translates stress into signals that alter the body’s biochemistry to support a “fight or flight” state. The HPA axis is the primary regulator of this stress response. Stress-induced changes in biochemistry present an increased risk of various health challenges in the long-term, and who of us does not suffer from periods of chronic stress?
Studies have shown that acupuncture has a regulatory affect on the endocrine system – it can stimulate the release of endorphins and enkephalins to mediate pain and inflammation; balance the release of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, dopamine, and melatonin, influencing feelings of well-being and optimizing circadian rhythm; it can also blunt harmful levels of adrenaline and cortisol circulating in the bloodstream during times of high stress.
The effects of acupuncture are usually subtle, but more importantly, are cumulative. Most people, as they receive a series of acupuncture treatments, will experience improved sleep, better digestion, decreased anxiety and depression, increased energy, stronger immunity, and of course – the ability to better manage stress.
Stress and wellness tune-ups may be all you need to experience the benefits of regular acupuncture.
But if you are working with a serious or chronic health condition, or have a specific goal you would like to meet, you may benefit from more frequent, regular Chinese medicine treatments to start. I look forward to working with you – feel free to call or email me if you have questions, or would like a brief consultation. I accept health insurance and can initiate a benefits inquiry for you, as well as explain to you any acupuncture benefits you may have.