Stress has become a household word if not a “symptom” everyone seems to suffer from.

We all talk about the stress we have in life with our friends and family members almost on a daily basis.

There are healthy stressors that include appropriate physical exercise, good eating habits, positive thinking, adequate rest and a natural response to emergency situations. These stressors keep us alert and motivated, supporting our body’s strength and vitality.

Negative emotions, overexertion, poor eating habits, lack of sleep and environmental toxins challenge our health, compromise our immune systems and can trigger physical and emotional problems, particularly if they are repeated over a prolonged period of time. Unhealthy stress affects our nervous, lymphatic, adrenal and physical (muscular) systems.

Many of us have grown accustomed to symptoms from stress: constipation, diarrhea, poor sleep, fatigue, PMS, hot flashes, muscle tension; in fact, most of us have come to believe that “this is just how I am”. We have allowed stress to integrate in our bodies.

Acupuncture can help rebalance the body and alleviate and often eliminate these negative side effects from stress. To some people, the mention of the word ‘acupuncture’ causes stress. This is understandable, as most people relate acupuncture with “needles”. Acupuncture needles are, in fact, fine, hair like “pins”. When placed on different acupoints on the body, they cause a chemical reaction to occur. Acupuncture affects the hormones, particularly, serotonin (“feel good” hormones) and endorphins (“pain killing” hormones). In fact, most people feel a deep sense of relaxation and often fall asleep during a treatment.

So if you are tired of being tired and stressed out from stress, why not give acupuncture a try?

Noel Wright, MS, D.Ac.
Acupuncture Physical Medicine