Effects of Stress
All of us have experienced some sort of stress in our lives. Whether it is acute or chronic stress, it has an impact on the quality of our lives. Stress is a very broad term that may include fear, anxiety, anger, depression and worry.
Studies have shown that with increased and consistent stress, our immune system has to compromise, which leads to lower immune resistance and ultimately developing physical and emotional issues. Research has revealed that even if the stressors are no longer present, our body continues to keep the stress response active. This leads to depletion of our nervous system, lymphatic organs, adrenal glands and kidneys, which can result in a wide range of signs and symptoms.
Stress affects our sleep, appetite, mood, energy, joint and muscles, weight, bowel movement, concentration, memory, heart rate, blood pressure and more. Overall, stress affects both our physical and mental health.
Acupuncture for Stress
The practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine goes far beyond treating signs and symptoms, it also addresses the root causes of the problem. According to studies, acupuncture has proven to reduce the release of the stress hormones.
Acupuncture involves insertion of stainless steel, disposable needles into certain points in our body called acupoints. Stress creates blockages in the paths of Qi and blood flow in our bodies, especially that of the kidneys and adrenals.
Adrenal Fatigue Treatment
Adrenal fatigue is a very common modern day complaint we get at our acupuncture clinic. Consistent exposure to the stressors causes individuals to suffer from bouts of depression and anxiety, food allergies, tiredness, dry skin, insomnia and other problems. Stress causes pain and tightness in the muscles of the upper back and neck. Stimulating certain acupoints in the upper back and neck along with dry cupping helps circulate Qi and blood throughout our body very smoothly and relaxes the body. Glass or plastic cupping has proved to be very effective in detoxifying the muscles and de-stressing the body.
Benefits of Acupuncture for Stress
Acupuncture helps relieve stress by:
- – Calming the mind
- – Decreasing heart rate
- – Reducing blood pressure
- – Inducing the release of natural pain killers in our body called endorphins
- – Improving blood and oxygen circulation throughout the body
- – Reducing the release of cortisol
- – Relieving muscle stiffness and relaxes the muscles
With acupuncture, we help support and restore the integrity of the various organs affected by the stress response, along with evaluating the quality and quantity of Qi. At our acupuncture clinic, we suggest adjunct therapies to enhance treatment and speed healing. Along with Traditional Chinese Medicine, balanced and healthy dietary habits, meditation, adequate sleep, and proper exercise all work together to promote healthy and balanced body, mind and spirit.
North Vancouver Acupuncture Clinic
If you would like to learn more about acupuncture as a natural way to combat stress and prevent stress-related conditions, Dr. Zahra Mazanderani will be happy to assist you. Book a consultation now to learn whether acupuncture treatment can help.
Our North Vancouver acupuncture clinic is conveniently located at Neurogenesis Clinics, Marine Drive. Our acupuncture treatments are covered by extended health benefits.