There are three types of stress we encounter in life:
The Fight or Flight Response
Stress can trigger a mechanism in the body known as the Fight-or-Flight Response. During this reaction, certain hormones like adrenalin and cortisol are released causing the heart rate to speed up, breath rate to quicken, digestion to slow down, the muscles to stiffen, and the senses to become sharper. These hormones rouse the body for emergency action. This response is appropriate if you are faced with a life and death situation, but to live in a chronic state of fight-or-flight can be detrimental to your health.
Four Ways to Deal with Stress
and its Symptoms
Suggestions for reducing stress:
An important part of reducing stress is to find the time in your schedule to enjoy yourself and have fun. The following is a list of suggestions for you. The more time you spend feeling good and enjoying your life, the less you will experience the harmful effects of chronic stress.
Treating Stress with
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Using acupuncture as one of your supportive therapies to treat stress-related conditions is an effective way to jump start the healing process. Acupuncture can treat a myriad of symptoms associated with stress, as well as, treat the root problem. Other healing modalities such as Chinese herbs, massage therapy, aromatherapy, progressive relaxation techniques, visualization, and healing music can be incorporated into your treatment to enhance the effects and provide a relaxing, pleasurable experience.
Stress and Health. Long-term exposure to stress can lead to serious health problems. Chronic stress disrupts nearly every system in your body. Some of the effects include:
High blood pressure
Increase risk of heart attack and stroke
Cancer and diabetes
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Speed up aging process
Suppressed immune system
Digestive problems (obesity, ulcers, and IBS)
Skin problems and hair loss
Acute/chronic pain and fibromyalgia
Anxiety, depression, and insomnia
Menstrual irregularities, infertility, and PMS
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