What do you think would happen if you kept your car in park and the engine revving as if it was traveling 65 miles per hour? After a short time your car would break down. If you were lucky, a simple tune-up would fix the problem. And if not, the engine might need to be replaced entirely.

Stress is a revving engine that can wear out the body and mind. It effects energy in our professional, personal and social lives and leads to poor health. Stress increases our body’s production of cortisol and adrenaline. These body chemicals help activate the “fight or flight” response. It is a normal reaction that is designed to prepare the body to flee danger or fight an attacker.

Many modern stressors are chronic and end up activating the “fight or flight” response for weeks, months, or years at a time.  This long-term activation of the body’s stress-response system can wear down the body and mind, setting the stage for illness and disease.

The good news is that acupuncture and Chinese medicine can be extremely helpful in reducing the signs and symptoms associated with stress.

Stress Effects Energy in 3 ways:

1) A customized Chinese herbal prescription can help restore internal health and balance, thus “slowing the engine down.”

2) Acupuncture treatments can help “turn off” the fight or flight response and causes calmness and deep sleep.

3) Suggestions for a healthy lifestyle, including diet, meditation and exercise will lead to a healthy lifestyle.

One of the unique attributes of Chinese medicine is its holistic approach to health and well-being. Because  stress effects energy and instead of masking symptoms, an acupuncturist cares for the whole person. Body. Mind. And Spirit.