Treating Stress with Acupuncture
Has your Doctor ever mentioned that a condition was “stress related?” Have you ever asked yourself “Did the stress come first, or did the condition cause my stress?”
In Chinese Medicine, symptoms often coincide. The term coincidence does not mean “unrelated.” It means that they’re happening simultaneously. Further, just because a symptom is not physical in nature it doesn’t mean that it is “all in your head.” In Acupuncture terms, when an organ system is functioning at less than peak performance (hypofunction) or is working too hard (hyperfunction) it can cause symptoms that are physical, mental or emotional. It can also cause “all of the above” simultaneously.
Your acupuncturist works by identifying why you have stress. It could be simply a matter of circumstance or some underlying imbalance. Acupuncture is extremely effective for the stress response, and you may see other symptoms diminish or disappear with treatment. Western science recognizes the immune suppressing effects of stress on the body. Many people with stress experience more pain, symptoms, or may even catch colds, sinus and other infections more easily. One documented way that acupuncture works on stress is by triggering the body to release a chemical called dopamine. This release during treatment is the reason why so many patients express feeling relaxed or even euphoric after a treatment. Many actually fall asleep during treatment.
Acupuncture is just one part of a five thousand year old system of medicine. In just a short time, you’ll be able to see how your body responds to the treatment. At that point, your acupuncturist can recommend several other options to aid or even replace your treatments. Most people are surprised to discover that, since acupuncture is so effective for pain and stress, that it can treat a wide variety of imbalances and their symptoms.
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