Are you stressed?

Are you stressed? We at Wellpoint Acupuncture clinic can help.

One in two phone calls to our low cost, affordable acupuncture clinic in North London is to help combat stress. Stress is a symptom arising from numerous causes, and is not uncommon in a metropolitan city like London, where almost everyone is stressed!

According to the Health and Safety Executive 2011, up to half a million people in the UK experience work-related stress every year, which often results in illness. There are other factors that affect stress levels and to name a few, alcohol, smoking, exams, pregnancy, divorce, moving, death in family, lifestyle, drugs, poor nutrition and unemployment.

Stress is a reaction to any change that needs response. The body reacts to these changes with physical, mental and emotional responses.

It is a normal part of life. Many events that happen to us puts stress on our body. We can experience stress from our environment, our body and our thoughts.

The human body is designed to experience stress and react to it. Stress can be positive, keeping  us alert and ready to avoid danger.

Stress becomes negative when a person faces continuous challenges without relief or relaxation between challenges. That is when the balance is lost. As a result, the person becomes overworked, and stress-related tension builds, leading to illness with symptoms including headaches, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pains and insomnia to state a few symptoms. Research suggests that stress can also bring on or worsen certain symptoms or diseases.

For the effects of stress, may it be physical or mental emotional, acupuncture is proven to help.

Western science takes a stab at explaining how this ancient Eastern practice relieves stress. Ladan Eshkevari, an associate professor of nursing at the Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies, and fellow researchers investigated exactly how acupuncture works to reduce stress. They found that, to a certain extent, acupuncture can actually block the chronic effects of stress.

Eshkevari and colleagues enlisted the help of lab rats to see how acupuncture affects stress. Specifically, they used electroacupuncture, a type of acupuncture in which an electrical current passes through the acupuncture needles.

Eshkavari, a physiologist, nurse anesthetist, and certified acupuncturist said she chose this method of acupuncture to ensure that all the rats received the same amount of treatment.

SuzanliResearchers caused the rats stress by exposing them to winter-like temperatures for one hour a day, and then gave them acupuncture right below the knee on the pressure point known as “Zusanli.”

After the stress and treatment, researchers tested the rats’ blood for hormones that help the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, and adrenal gland, also known as the HPA axis. These hormones affect the body’s reaction to stress, mood, emotion, and more.

They also measured blood levels of the peptide NPY, which regulates the “fight or flight” response during stressful events. During these situations, blood flow is directed to your vital organs, such as the brain, heart, and lungs and away from systems not tied to survival.

Rats in control situations—those who received acupuncture somewhere besides their Zusanli—had the same elevated level of stress hormones as animals who received no therapy, researchers said.

“We found that electronic acupuncture blocks the chronic, stress-induced elevations of the HPA axis hormones and the sympathetic NPY pathway,” Eshkevari said in a press release. “Our growing body of evidence points to acupuncture’s protective effect against the stress response.”

Within our practice at Wellpoint  we have found acupuncture helps with stress and hence relief in their physical symptoms. It is a natural form to getting help and regaining balance, which in turn helps cope with work life balance.

nada earWe offer the NADA protocol as an effective intervention are: stress, anxiety management & panic disorder, trauma recovery in communities following major catastrophes, aiding recovery from some psychiatric medications dependency, relaxation in young people with behavioural disorders, smoking cessation and ameliorating side effects from drug treatment in cancer. The protocol is known to have a calming effect on the central nervous system. Treatment is carried out sitting down, with 5 needles in each ear.

 

Depending on individual circumstances, we recommend treatments on a regular basis, either once or twice a week and an opportunity to block book and get a discount.

 

Research: http://www.healthline.com/health-news/mental-researchers-find-proof-acupuncture-blocks-stress-031413

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