Our bodies are designed to react to threats, real or perceived. Energy is directed away from normal functioning so it can be used to ward off a potential threat. The sympathetic nervous system (which branches from the central nervous system ) is triggered into a 'fight or flight' response. This can have an effect on our digestive and respiratory systems, our hormonal system, and impact our cardiovascular and reproductive systems.
While this natural reaction is effective at preparing the body for a real threat, stress, experienced over time, produces the same physiological effects on the body. Essentially energy is being directed away from essential areas of the body where it is needed for normal functioning. Cortisol (a stress hormone ) is elevated, blood pressure increases, and immune function is impaired. The impact of this, physically and emotionally, can manifest as a range of conditions.
Acupuncture is an effective method of treatment for stress because the practitioner first determines where energy has become blocked or restricted and then works to free it. This re-establishes the natural flow of energy to the parts of the body that need it, so it can return to normal functioning.
For more information on how acupuncture, acupressure, and traditional Chinese medicine can help to alleviate stress call 085 865 8818 or visit www.carecure.ie Care Cure offers a free consultation. All practitioners are fully qualified with years of experience in traditional Chinese medicine treatments. All major health insurance is accepted and discounted rates are available for students and medical card holders.