Stress often works on us slowly, eating away at our health little by little until some big event happens -- a heart attack or stroke. The stress response occurs naturally when we are threatened. Even a perceived threat -- a non-life threatening situation, such as your boss yelling at you -- can trigger the stress response. Once activated, the stress response causes your adrenal glands to release cortisol and adrenaline into your bloodstream, which in small doses can actually be beneficial to us. But, when we are chronically in a state of "fight or flight," not allowing our bodies to recover, then our risk of obesity, insomnia, digestive disorders, heart disease, and depression rises considerably.
Stress often manifests first on an emotional level. When you are "stressed out" you may feel frustrated, and even the smallest problem can seem like a huge burden on a cognitive level. However, stress can, and does, affect any system of the body, and is most certainly not just "in your head." The effects of stress can be seen in the following systems of the body:
The good news is that you can do something about stress. Apart from lifestyle changes aimed at making more time for hobies, meditation, or other enjoyable activities, Oriental Medicine -- acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine -- can help reduce the adverse effects of stress and help you face stressful situations with more resilience by doing the following:
A single treatment with can produce remarkable results, even for the most stressed individuals. People often feel much more relaxed and have an increased sense of well-being after their initial treatment. Usually, a longer course of treatment is necessary to address many of the functional disturbances in the body that are attributed to stress. For more information, please contact Great Nature Oriental Medicine at (618) 694-5189.
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