Stress & Anxiety management
Stress can come from any situation or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or anxious. What is stressful to one person is not necessarily stressful to another. Stress is a normal part of life. In small quantities, stress is good — it can motivate you and help you be more productive. However, too much stress, or an going, intense response to stress, is harmful. It can cause poor health in general as well as specific physical or psychological illnesses like infections, depression or heart disease. Persistent and unrelenting stress often leads to anxiety and unhealthy behaviors like overeating and drug or alcohol abuse.
Stress can deplete your nervous system, lymphatic system, kidneys and adrenal glands. This sets the stage for a wider array of more serious illneses. Studies have shown that increased and constant stress can decrease the number of white blood cells, which defend us against viruses. This leads to a wreaked immune system and emotional instability.
Eastern medicine and acupuncture in particular have been shown to be among the most effective ways to reduce the devastation of stress and activate the relaxation response. Acupuncture causes your body to release chemicals called endorphins when happy. These endorphins are natural opiates, which relieve pain and increase a person’s sense of relaxation and well being. They can give a person a “natural high” similar to the feeling we have during peak experiences in our lives. This is one of the reasons that acupuncture is so useful in the treatment of depression and anxiety. Acupuncture also encourages relaxation by loosening tight muscles. You can leave a session feeling as if you have just had a good, deep massage.