The human body doesn’t differentiate between what ‘types’ of stress it’s experiencing; be it mental, emotional, physical or spiritual in origin.
It simply sees ‘stress’ as ‘stress’.
According to Chinese Medicine when the body experiences stress the smooth flow and circulation of the body’s vital life force or ‘Qi’ is disrupted which adversely affect the health of the whole body.
From time to time most people suffer from mild irritability, frustration and moodiness and this is relatively normal.
Left untreated however these mild emotional disturbances can develop into much more serious mental and emotional disorders such as anxiety, depression and panic attacks. They can affect a person’s work performance and the quality of their interpersonal relationships with partners, family, friends and colleagues.
Sufferers can experience shortness of breath, heart palpitation, general agitation, hypertension and feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.
Long term, untreated stress can affect the digestion causing heartburn, stomach ulcers, abdominal bloating, constipation or diarrhoea. It can dramatically disturb regular sleeping habits causing insomnia, sleep deprivation and fatigue.
It can also affect the muscular-skeletal system causing headaches, migraine, neck and shoulder tension and lower back pain.
This slippery slope of stress can play havoc with a person’s overall health and vitality. It can lead to disturbances of the immune system and cause chronic infections and ill-health.
In women the physical symptoms of stress can often be linked to the menstrual cycle. Symptoms can manifest as an irregular menstrual cycle, period pain, pre-menstrual breast distension and irritability or tearfulness.
Post-natal depression can also develop from the stress associated with the increased demands of being a new parent.
If you notice that you are experiencing one or more of the above symptoms and you acknowledge that it might be affecting your enjoyment of life then Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine may be helpful to you.
Chinese Medicine won’t be able to remove the external situations causing you to be stressed but it can help moderate your internal stress responses.
Balancing your body’s internal health creates an expanded sense of inner peace and harmony no matter what turmoil is happening in your external world.
The skill of the practitioner is in being able to assess where the stress is originating from and how it is affecting you.
Identifying the underlying cause of the stress and correcting the accompanying imbalances of the body’s equilibrium will be restored and symptoms will be alleviated, resilience strengthened and ones capacity to cope with stressful circumstances will be enhanced.
Treatment for stress usually involves adjunctive lifestyle intervention including dietary changes, regular physical exercise, reducing drug and alcohol intake, meditation or referral to counselling.
Chinese Medicine is often used to support people through major life upheavals and transitions or periods of prolonged emotional distress such as the loss of a loved one, divorce and midlife crisis.
Such upheaval can disturb ones emotional equilibrium and trigger emotional responses ranging from mild depression and panic attacks to major disruptions in ones activity of daily living.
If you are concerned about the stability of your emotional wellbeing and notice that it is interfering with your overall health, wellness and enjoyment of life please feel free to contact Duane for information on how Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine might help you.