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Acupuncture for stress?

Updated: Dec 31, 2021

I suspect COVID-19 might be reaching for a top spot when this survey is re-done.


Before studying Chinese Medicine I had very little awareness of my body. How it worked. My learning isn't just about acupuncture, it is about broadening my understanding of everything to do with being human.


And stress is all-pervasive it is a really important subject. In acute moments it can be useful. It can save our lives. It can happen during the happiest of moments, like planning a wedding, or from the worst moments such as death of loved one.


The current top five reasons for being stressed in Britain are:

  1. Death of a spouse, relative or friend

  2. Imprisonment

  3. Fire or flooding of home

  4. Chronic illness

  5. Being fired

And if stress is an every day part of your life, you need to understand how this will affect your overall health. Because if I look at the fourth top reason for stress; chronic illness it can be a never-ending cycle as you will see below. Chronic stress affects our immunity, thus opening us up to negative affects on almost all functional measures of the immune system. Thus making us more ill.


When you live with stress, my first question is "do you know what causes your stress"? Because without addressing the root cause then a lot of these techniques below will only give you a short-term alleviation of your signs and symptoms..


Making change can be really hard. And some situations are just not possible to change, but being aware of what causes you stress gives you tools.


Today's blog post will look at how acupuncture might help you with stress. But it also examines six other therapies you might want to look at.


If you have any questions at all. Please get in touch.


Love from Andrea

 

What stress does to the body

These two pictures highlight the instantaneous reaction that happens when we perceive stress.

In a moment of stress (which can be different for everyone) the amygdala will send a distress signal to the hypothalamus. In turn, the hypothalamus sends signals to the adrenal glands which release epinephrine. This allows:

  • our hearts to beat faster

  • pulse and blood pressure go up

  • we breath more rapidly to provide our body with additional oxygen

  • we get a release of glucose for energy