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Westerners lead extremely stressful lives in which our nervous systems are constantly be stimulated by both internal and external stimuli. In other words, we’re always in a state of fight or flight, which can be quite detrimental to our health. Chronic stress that goes untreated can lead to: anxiety, insomnia, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), high blood pressure, or a weakened immune system. Many decades of research has shown that unmanaged stress can be a contributing factor to such chronic diseases as: Obesity, depression, and heart disease.
Acupuncture is great for treating stress, because it goes to the root of the problem. Through acupuncture we can return the nervous system to a homeostatic state by down-regulating the sympathetic nervous system, and up-regulating the parasympathetic nervous system.
Endogenous opioids (endorphins and enkaphalins), help regulate the nervous system through their analgesic and euphoric effects. Many studies have demonstrated acupunctures ability to activate the opioid system, and therefore relieving stress.
Side-effects: Better quality sleep, increased energy, feeling more relaxed, better digestion, improved concentration & mental clarity, etc.
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Posted by: Scott Stewart, MSAc., Dipl.Ac., LAc.