Stress gets to all of us these days. It can cause damage to almost all bodily processes. However, you can learn to identify stressors in your life and take action to manage the impact these events have on you.
Medical research suggests that up to 90 percent of all illness and disease is stress related, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Studies show that chronic stress can lower one’s immunity, making people more susceptible to infections. Stress is a common cause of everyday aches and pains, and can put you at risk for many health conditions, including:
- Heart disease
- Sleep disorders
- Digestive disorders
- Weight gain
- Memory impairment
- Loss of sex drive
- Chronic Fatigue
In order to avoid these possible health risks it is essential to reduce stress in your life. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are extremely effective for reducing stress and its effects on the body.
How Does Acupuncture Reduce Stress?
One way acupuncture reduces stress is by sedating the sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for our “fight or flight” response. When our sympathetic nervous system is overactive our body is flooded with stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. These hormones are very important in small doses, for short amounts of time, but are not intended to continuously stream through our body. During prolonged periods of stress, these hormones can have a debilitating effect on our cardiovascular, endocrine, nervous, musculoskeletal, and reproductive systems.
Receiving regular acupuncture treatments can interrupt this negative hormone cycle. Acupuncture specifically engages the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for relaxation, proper digestion, healthy sleep cycles, and overall wellbeing.
Acupuncture can change one’s response to stress on a physical, mental, and emotional level. During treatment root imbalances are addressed, body systems are restored, and stress and tension are released.
At Sage Medicine, we work closely with our patients to determine the best treatment plan for each individual. An individual assessment is performed to determine your level of stress and its effects on your health. A treatment plan is established to effectively help you manage stress and reduce its harmful effects. Recommendations may include acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, and lifestyle counseling.
Stress management is the key to living a healthy lifestyle. With guidance, commitment, and regular stress reduction, you can live a healthier, happier, less-stressed life!