Skin problems? Digestive issues? Sleep difficulties?
Stress is all around us and can manifest in a variety of ways.
Everyone experiences stress, yet not everyone experiences the same symptoms. In fact, your own symptoms can change over time, or even change with the kind of stress you are experiencing. Physical stress, emotional stress, pressure at work or school… it’s impossible to avoid stressors completely, so it’s wise to learn how to deal with them.
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Stress
Common manifestations of stress include skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis, digestive issues ranging from constipation or diarrhoea to bloating, indigestion and IBS, fertility problems and hormonal imbalance. This is not to say that stress is the only cause of these conditions, but simply that stress exacerbates them, and can certainly be a contributing cause.
People attempt to cope with stress in different ways. Exercising and exploring creative pursuits such as dance or music are examples of positive ways of addressing stress. Negative coping mechanisms include junk food and overeating for example. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are interventions that can be used to help you navigate through stressful situations in your life, in conjunction with positive coping mechanisms.
Acupuncture and Stress
According to the Chinese philosophy of the human body, stress causes blockages in your energy flow, which are released by acupuncture allowing your body to relax. The flight or fight response determines how an individual reacts to a stressful occurrence. If a person is generally aggravated they become more agitated when faced with stressful situations. Have you ever noticed how much more rested and relaxed you feel after an acupuncture session? That’s because acupuncture releases endorphins, a chemical receptor that reduces the perception of pain and induces a state of relaxation. Every time you are able to release stress, you can help your body cope better with the particular symptoms you experience.
At Bing’s Natural Health, we don’t just help you during your visit. Where appropriate we prescribe herbal medicines to support your body’s stress response for longer.
Be Mindful of Stress Levels
Many people are unaware of the level of stress they are actually experiencing, so they don’t take adequate care of themselves until they are actually sick, or suffering severe symptoms. It’s important to make time to care for yourself and to incorporate self-care strategies into your life. As they say, “Prevention is better than cure.”
When you are feeling stressed, take time to identify your stressors and make a plan to change the things you can change and cope with the things that cannot be altered. Most of all remember to be kind to yourself.
Liberty is a 24 year old professional with a very demanding and taxing job. She originally came to Bing’s Natural Health for help with insomnia. During her first visit we discussed her duties, levels of stress, and general wellbeing. She reported that she often dreamt of work, and this was what kept her up at night. She also acknowledged that she had poor work-life balance. She began a course of acupuncture and started taking herbal medicine to improve her insomnia and stress. She also developed strategies for redefining her duties at work and found ways to spend more time socialising with friends and family. She realised that stress was the root cause of her sleeplessness. Gradually her quality of sleep has improved and she now feels healthier and more energised.
Socrates is a 32 year old professor who suffered from shoulder pain. During his consultation, we looked at his work habits and posture in the office and how his general health and muscle tone was negatively affected by long hours at his desk. We also discussed his high levels of stress. The last year had been extraordinarily challenging for him due to changes in his personal life. Because of his work habits he tended to store all this stress in his neck and shoulders. He understood that his physical and emotional health were interconnected. Acupuncture helped him to “de-stress”. He also set alarms to remind him to take breaks and do exercises during the day to increase blood circulation to his shoulders. His shoulder pain began to reduce and he continued to make lifestyle changes that helped him address his stress.
TCM has been around for over 5000 years. However, we cannot guarantee your results as they may vary depending on your actual condition and treatment plan.