Modern life is full of time pressure and frustration. In other words, it’s stressful. Racing against deadlines, sitting in traffic, arguing with your spouse—all these make your body react as if you were facing a physical threat. If this constantly happens, it will make you more vulnerable to life-threatening health problems. Fortunately, though, you can search for help and develop skills to avoid some stressors and limit the effects of others. The payoff includes less fatigue, more peace of mind and, definitely a longer, healthier life.
What is the stress response?
Often referred to as the “fight-or-flight” reaction, the stress response occurs automatically when you feel threatened. Your pituitary gland, located at the base of your brain, responds to a perceived threat by stepping up its release of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), which signals other glands to produce additional hormones. When the pituitary sends out a burst of ACTH, it’s like an alarm system going off deep in your brain. This alarm tells your adrenal glands, situated atop your kidneys, to release a flood of stress hormones into your bloodstream. These hormones — including cortisol and adrenaline — focus your concentration, speed your reaction time, and increase your strength and agility.
How stress affects your body:
After you’ve fought, fled or otherwise escaped your stressful situation, the levels of cortisol and adrenaline in your bloodstream decline. As a result, your heart rate and blood pressure return to normal and your digestion and metabolism resume a regular pace. But if stressful situations pile up one after another, your body has no chance to recover. This long-term activation of the stress-response system can disrupt almost all your body’s processes, increasing your risk of obesity, insomnia, digestive complaints, heart disease, loss of sex drive, stroke, diabetes, psoriasis, eczema, hives, asthma and depression.
Stress-Related Symptoms and Conditions
Pain and Fatigue:
Mood and Anxiety:
Addiction and Substance Abuse:
How Can Acupuncture Help You:
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) thinks that internal organs have close relationship with emotions. These relationships are: heart — joy, liver— anger, spleen — over thinking, lung — sadness, kidney — fear. For instance, normal range of joy will nourish heart, and make heart function well. But over joy will cause disturbing of heart Qi and lead to symptoms like lack of concentration, palpitation, and even manic behavior. During our daily life, we should feel normal range of all the five emotions (joy, anger, over thinking, sadness and fear). Diseases only happen when:
The later is often seen in Dr. Yan’s clinic among stress patients. In such a case, the treatment aims at strengthening the internal organs, particularly liver and spleen.
Brain Activating Acupuncture is Dr. Yan’s main protocol for stress management. It has two groups of points.
This therapy has helped people with the following conditions:
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