Are You Stressed Out

We are currently living in a “need-to-meet-a-dead-line” society.  Our life is evolving around fulfilling errands and finishing tasks.  In general, the modern lifestyle is not conducive to our health and well-being.  Thus, it is important that we reign in our responsibility to take care of ourselves and our well-being. Our daily demand leads us to have a lot of stress accumulate in our body and mind.  Ignoring our stress leads only to more problems. We have to learn to create habits of being mindful about taking care of ourselves and our health because, daily stress, if not managed properly, could lead to a variety of health complications such as neck and shoulder tension, lower back pain, insomnia, over thinking, headaches, migraines, anxiety, panic attacks, heart attack, digestive issues, heartburn, acid reflux, heart palpitations, high blood pressure, depression, easily feeling anger, irritability, PMS, IBS, eating disorders, weight gain and a variety of other health issues.  The best way to deal with stress is to manage it properly, in a healthier way.  It is ineffective to deal with stress through smoking, drinking, eating junk food, or taking recreational drugs.  Thus, managing stress properly is very crucial to our physical and emotional well-being.

It is important that we take action and be accountable for our own health so that we can prevent major health complications. There are many natural and healthy ways to manage stress such as exercise, yoga, meditation, tai chi, going for a walk in the woods, sufficient rest, and sleep.

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are effective in relieving stress from the body.  Acupuncture helps by regulating the sympathetic-adrenal axial pathway and promotes the parasympathetic pathway which enhances relaxation and healing.  Acupuncture is a medical modality that involves using tiny needles which stimulate the nervous system to vasodilate blood vessels and increase blood flow. Increased profusion provides the body with sufficient nutrients it needs for injured areas and promotes their healing.  Blood carries within it, many valuable resources including oxygen, white blood cells, red blood cells, antioxidants, and the ability to remove toxicity and waste products from the injured tissues.  Acupuncture needles also have a direct impact on our nervous system, by signaling the brain to produce opiates such as Enkephalin and others to help the body to keep the pain away.  Injured tissues that cause pain and discomfort will start to heal and renew.