Stress – to a certain extent — is good.
Yeah, we thought that would get your attention.
Stress is meant to give our bodies a warning signal, which was very useful to our ancestors when they were chased by tigers, bears or any other animal looking for an evening meal. Stress triggers a fight or flight response. This response was vital to keep our ancestors alive.
But that was then. This is now.
Today, you’re not being chased by tigers and bears (at least, we hope you’re not. If you are, then acupuncture probably won’t help you.) Today the beasts that chase you take the form of traffic jams, juggling family schedules and heavy workloads.
Stress is one of the main reasons doctors write prescriptions for Xanax, Valium and other medications. However, these medications are only designed to put a Band-Aid on stress. Sadly, some of these medicines can even be addictive. We want you to know there’s another alternative, and you can treat stress naturally.
Stress is a killer
Continual stress is every bit as dangerous as illnesses such as heart disease. In fact, there is substantial research on the devastating effect stress causes on your body. Some of the ways stress affects your body include:
- Muscle pain
- Sleep problems
- Lower sex drive
- Upset stomach
- Increase in alcohol or tobacco use
- Overeating (or undereating)
- Anxiety / panic attacks
There are a lot more symptoms of stress, but you get our point.
You may be more stressed than you realize. Take this stress inventory quiz to see the many factors that can cause stress in your life.
How does acupuncture reduce stress?
There are several ways acupuncture reduces stress.
By targeting certain areas of the body, we can release natural endorphins that prompt your body to do what it was made to do. After all, once our ancestors outran the tigers, their stress levels dropped — their bodies no longer needed the fight or flight mechanism. The challenge with our modern world is that our stress levels, especially at work, tend to remain constant. Acupuncture serves as a reminder to your body to engage its natural healing properties.
Think of your body as a life boat. Constant stress creates tiny holes in the hull of your boat. While a few of these are not likely to cause you to sink, over time, stress creates more tiny holes . . . and more and more until your boat is full of water. You simply cannot stay afloat when your body is being bombarded with stress.
Western medicine is finally recognizing the stress-reducing benefits of acupuncture
Constant stress can lead to depression, and once again, acupuncture is a natural way to help. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) states that “evidence for the use of acupuncture . . . to treat anxiety disorders is becoming stronger.”
Scientific experiments reinforce acupuncture benefits. In 2013, an article was published in the Journal of Endocrinology that shows that rats exposed to stressful conditions that received acupuncture had lower secretions of blood hormone levels. The study concluded:
“We found that electronic acupuncture blocks the chronic, stress-induced elevations of the HPA axis hormones and the sympathetic NPY pathway. . . Our growing body of evidence points to acupuncture’s protective effect against the stress response.”
Our treatments enable you to reduce stress naturally
In addition to the stress-reduction benefits, our clients find acupuncture very relaxing. You’ll find that Traditional Chinese Medicine, which has been practiced for thousands of years, has an undeniable success rate in helping people realize their optimum health.
Contact us. We’ll be glad to help you relieve stress and start you on your journey to a healthier life.
Connecticut Family Acupuncture is dedicated to helping as many people as possible realize their optimum health naturally, without the use of pharmaceutical or surgical interventions. We are committed to our patients and utilize our extensive knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine to address each individual’s health concerns. Connecticut Family Acupuncture has offices in West Hartford and Bolton. Contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.
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