The Holidays are upon us once again and so it begins, stress, tension and all the pain that comes from stress. This is the Pain that seems to come from nowhere and just won’t go away. When the stress is extreme, or if it lasts a long time, our emotional health and ultimately, our physical health begin to suffer.
Physically we are wired to react to stressful times. When we experience the first sign of a threat, no matter real or imagined our sympathetic nervous system starts up and causes what is called the “fight or flight” response. Our heart rate will increase, our pupils dilate, and our digestive system closes down, directing blood to our extremities. All this so that we can either fight what is threatening us, or turn and run if the threat is too great. We can’t run from stress and fighting it only makes it worse.
Chinese medicine teaches that stress, anxiety, depression or any strong emotion interrupts the smooth flow of energy or chi all through the body. Energy flows through our body within a network of “rivers”, almost like a river and its tributaries forming our energy system. Channels of energy or meridians run in regular patterns throughout the body and over its surface. These energy rivers supply and nourish the tissues and blood flow. Nerve impulses also follow meridians to run through the body to multiple areas, structures and organs. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up the flow in one part of the body and restricts it in others. Any chronic obstruction or deficiencies of energy would eventually lead to disease.
ACUPUNCTURE FOR THE HOLIDAYS CAN RELIEVE STRESS
Stress, anger, or any intense emotion creates a log jam, blocking the free flow of energy in the body. Many people who are very stressed out complain of upper back, shoulder and neck pain. Stress is causing tension in those areas, blocking the free flow of energy, causing pain, tightness, and in many instances headaches. Acupuncture for the Holidays helps relieve these issues.
Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points.
The meridians can be influenced by needling the acupuncture points: the acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions at the dams, and re-establish the regular flow through the meridians. Treatments of Acupuncture for the Holidays can therefore help the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians.
Tiny thread-like needles along specific electrically charged points on the body create chemical changes and has been used for thousands of years to treat everything from the common cold to chronic diseases of aging like diabetes. Although most people link acupuncture to just treating pain, there are a myriad of health related issues that would lend itself to the use of acupuncture. For example, during this holiday season if you find yourself under stress with the in-laws or simply eating foods which cause indigestion or bloating, call your local acupuncturist and get your body back into balance!
Acupuncture for the Holidays works to alleviate stress by releasing natural pain-killing chemicals in the brain, called endorphins. In addition, acupuncture improves circulation of blood throughout the body, which oxygenates the tissues and cycles out cortisol and other waste chemicals. The calming nature of acupuncture also decreases heart rate, lowers blood pressure and relaxes the muscles.
Don’t let the Holidays hurt your health or stress you out, see an acupuncturist today. You’ll be a better person and you’ll feel great when you use Acupuncture for the Holidays!