Experiencing stress occasionally can be important as gives you the adrenaline burst
that could save your life.
However long term stress where you are coping with a busy job, moving house,
dealing with relationship problems, dropping the kids to school etc, can build up over time
until you feel overloaded and one or more of the following conditions can develop
You may have difficulty falling asleep
You wake up frequently during the night
You may feel irritated or lose your temper easily
You may feel anxious or burst into tears easily
Your libido may be low
Your menstrual cycle erratic
You may be experiencing stiffness in your joints especially your shoulders and neck.
If this type of stress continues unchecked
these symptoms can get worse and develop into fatigue, anxiety, depression,
digestive problems, and long term pain
Acupuncture is widely used to help deal with the symptoms of long term stress.
It is a gentle, calming treatment that activates the body's relaxation response, calms the
nervous system and helps bring the body back into a state of balance.
Mild anxiety is normal from time to time. It's a natural response to certain events, for example
you may feel nervous before a job interview, or a job presentation or when meeting someone new.
For some people however, there is a constant feeling of worry and fear which can be overwhelming to the
point where they can find it difficult to function normally.
In Western Medicine Anxiety disorders can be any of the following.
Generalised Anxiety disorder
Social Anxiety Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress
All anxiety disorders include excessive, irrational fear, worry and dread. Physical symptoms can inlude nausea,
sweating, edginess, stomach problems or diarrhea, tiredness, insomnia.
A panic attack is the sudden onset of intense fear or discomfort which peaks in about 10 minutes.
There can be symptoms such as sweating,
trembling, chills or hot flushes, tingling sensations, chest pain or discomfort, shortness of breath,
nausea, dizziness, a feeling of danger or doom, a need to
escape, a fear of losing control.
These episodes can recur at unexpected times.
In Chinese medicine we will look for a particular pattern that is dominant in the body
This together with pulse and tongue diagnosis helps us to identify which meridian is out of balance
In Chinese Medicine there is a deep rooted link between the body, mind and spirit.
Symptoms in the physical body, such as pain or disease
can affect us emotionally (mind) and we can become depressed and lose our willpower and drive(spirit).
Similarly problems such as stress, trauma or shock can affect us emotionally and this can give rise
to a build up of tension in the body which if it's not released can block the flow of blood
and nutrients(qi) giving rise to internal physical symptoms developing over time.
In Chinese medicine the symptoms of stress and anxiety form patterns that have become dominant in the body.
By treating these patterns we can help restore the natural balance within.