How Does Stress Affect the Body?

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When our minds are in a stressed state, we lose our ability to focus and we are unable to be as productive as we should be. Untreated stress can lead to all sorts of problems ranging from depression to being physically sick. If a person’s mind has to deal with constant stress, then over time this stress will build up and cause the nervous system to produce extra hormones in the system. An overproduction of hormones means that the body is working extra hard for an unnecessary reason.

Our bodies are powered not only by its functions, but by the life energy (Qi) running through us. When this life force is blocked or disrupted, it can cause all sorts of problems for our body. Stress is a major cause of imbalance that can cause the body to weaken its immune system, become depressed, induce headaches, feel fatigued, disturb sleep, irritate any current problems the body may have, or cause irregularities during the menstrual cycle.

Stress is the cause of most people’s sicknesses and health deterioration. To know if your body is over-stressed, look for symptoms like overwhelming sadness, sudden case of eczema or asthma, panic attacks, increase in anxiety, sleep problems, physical pain or illness, irritable mood, and an overindulgence of food or alcohol.

Stress management classes, oriental medicines, and acupuncture are all great choices for relieving stress and removing any symptoms developed from it. Acupuncture is especially a great method because the process is what manages the life energy mentioned previously. When an acupuncturist manages the imbalances caused from stress, they get the life energy back to normal thus relieving the problems.

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Three Benefits of Acupuncture for Stress

When you think of acupuncture, you are probably consider it an alternative approach to treat the common aches and pains. But what many of us don’t know is that it can be used and is also a very effective way to treat anxiety.

Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine that dates back over 2000 years. It works by helping to restore the flow of Qi energy throughout the body. Sterile needles are inserted into the trouble areas to correct any imbalances. The Chinese believe that this based on the interactions of the five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water) which have great effects on the internal organs, which are considered to be yin or yang.

Here are just three of many benefits of acupuncture for individuals who are suffering from anxiety:

  • Acupuncture begins working immediately: Acupuncture is looked at as being a treatment that begins working right away. While You may not feel fully cured just after one session, it can relieve a great deal of the anxiety within 24 hours. This is a great approach to long term treatments that require one to take daily medication for a long time or even for life. For individuals with severe anxiety, this can be very beneficial to them.

  • Acupuncture can lower reinforcement. Reinforcements is a big problem with individuals who are suffering from anxiety. Panic attacks often result when people are dealing with anxiety issues. Acupuncture, can help relieve symptoms and lower the risk for anxieties to reinforce.
    Acupuncture can help with other issues. Anxiety just doesn’t happen on its own. Something has to trigger it. Most times stress from work or other day-to-day life events can provoke it, sometimes even causing severe anxiety.

  • Acupuncture can help one deal with other issues going on in life. If life is throwing you off balance, consider acupuncture therapy to regain peace of mind, regulate your immune system and stay healthy. If you are interested in more information on acupuncture for anxiety in the Los Angeles area, Dr. Laurie Binder is here to help you. Please contact us with any questions you may have.