We all experience stress at different levels longer or shorter in our lifetime. For many people, stress is sl commonplace that it has become a way of life. This feeling is a natural response to events in our lives that may feel like threats or out of control. The first reaction to stressful events we call it "fight or flight response". When we perceive a threat, our nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones rouse the body for emergency action. Our heart beat become faster, muscles tighten, blood pressure rises, breath quickens, and increased blood flow to the muscles of extremities, and our senses become sharper. These physical changes increase our strength and stsmina, speed our reaction time, and enhance our focus-preparing us to either fight or flee from the danger at hand. If it last shortly, we see it as a healthy response which actually protect us and without damage our general health. In small doses, it can help us perform under pressure, rise to meet chanllenges, sharpens our concentration, and motivate us to do our best. Unfortunately modern life is full of hassles, deadlines, frustrations, and demands. Stress always become a long-term problem in our lives now, and than the constant stress will wear and tear our overall health. Cortisol, the body's stress hormone increased, blood pressure elevated, immune function got suppressed, gradually it causes major damage to our mood and develops to anxiety, depression, and also affect different part of body to cause some problem such as fatigue, digestion problem, IBS, tension headache. etc.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, stress, anxiety or depression interrupts the smooth flow of the QI in the Jingluo throughout the body. Acupuncture works in the points which on the relevant meridians to regulate the flow of QI and restore the balance of the body. Modern researches show that acupuncture stimulates our nervous system to release a chemical called endorphin which is 5,000 to 10,000 times stronger than morphine for the relief of stress. The calming nature of acupuncture also decreases the heart rate, lower the blood pressure. Acupuncture stimulates tissues to improve circulation which oxygenates tissues and muscles and circle out cortisol and other chemicals. Acupuncture makes people comforted and tranquilized with no side effects.
If you frequently find yourself feeling frazzled and overwhelmed, it's time to take action to bring your nervous system back into balance. You can protect yourself by learning how to recognize the signs and symptems of stress and taking steps to reduce its harmful effects.
An unpleasant emotional state ranging from mild unease to intense fear. Various physical symptoms are associated with anxiety: the most common include palpitations, chest pains, a feeling of tightness in the chest, and a tendency to overbreathe. Muscle tension leads to headaches and back pains. Gastrointerstinal symptoms include dry mouth, bloating, diarrhoea, nausea, and difficulty in swallowing. Other symptoms include sweating, blushing, pallor, lightheadedness, and a frequent need to urinate or defaecate. Anxiety is a normal response to stressful situations and prepares the mind and body to respond effecttively. However, anxiety that occurs without reason may be a symptoms of an anxiety disorder or another psychological disorder such as depression.
The patient who is 27-year-old male worker complained that he had been suffered from anxiety for 2 years. His symptems included tension, panic, palpitation, sweating, dry mouth, bad sleep, and tiredness. they occured without reason. He visited Dr. Jane Zhang at Chinese Medical Centre in Nenagh on July 3 in 2008. After consultation, he received 12 sessions acupuncture and a conbination of herbal medicine. When he finished these treatment, His symptems had disapeared.
The patient who is 18-year-old girl had been suffered from anxiety and stress for 1 year. Since she was 13 years old, she had had tension, sweating on her hand and diarrhoea twice a day. They were getting worse, and accompanied with palpitation, panic, tiredness, bad sleep (difficult to fall sleep, a lot nightmare). She visited Dr Jane Zhang at Chinese Medical Centre in Nenagh on February 17 in 2009. She got acupuncture treatment. When she visited the clinic the third time , she felt much better. After 4 sessions acupunture, everything was retured normal--good sleep, without diarrhoea, panic, palpitation,tiredness, sweating.