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Acupuncture for Stress

by Mary Vincent, L.Ac.
Acupuncture’s ability to simply help reduce the body’s response to stress appears to be a major factor behind the reason it helps with such a wide variety of issues. Regardless of what brings a person in for acupuncture, be it a physical, mental, or emotional issue, stress is almost always a common factor. Physical stress such as long term illness or injury not only cause symptoms such as physical pain or discomfort, but can also lead to depression, anxiety, fatigue and lethargy. Conversely, mental and emotional stress can lead to a wide variety of physical symptoms such as digestive discomfort, body aches, headaches, and/or loss of sleep.

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When a person is stressed the body responds in a predictable fashion. The body’s “fight or flight” reaction of the autonomic nervous system is triggered, leading to the following responses:
* Epinephrine (adrenaline) and cortisol (“stress hormones”) are released from the brain;
* Muscles become tensed;
* Breathing becomes more rapid;
* Heart rate and blood pressure increase;
* Blood sugar levels increase (as the release of stress hormone causes the liver to release glucose);
* Blood is diverted away from the digestive tract, significantly slowing the digestive process, leading to nausea and/or constipation (though the sudden rush of adrenaline can alternately cause diarrhea).
In an acute state of stress these physical responses can be beneficial, allowing a person to be hyper alert and sharpening one’s senses. However when a person is in a chronic state of stress, these physical responses begin to create long term wear and tear on the body.
It is widely accepted and many studies have shown that acupuncture releases natural opioid pain relievers from the brain, [...]

Acupuncture in Stroke Treatment

Acupuncture has been shown to aide in stroke-related conditions.

http://www.medicalacupuncture.org/ForPatients/ArticlesByPhysiciansAboutAcupuncture/AcupunctureinStrokeTreatment.aspx

Big Men, Little Needles: Acupuncture in the NFL

Check it out! Even NFL players are looking to acupuncture for relief and overall health! At BCA, treatments are $20 ($30 first time)!

http://www.mensjournal.com/magazine/big-men-little-needles-acupuncture-in-the-nfl-20130130

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“We’re starting to understand what’s going on at the molecular level…that explains acupuncture’s benefit…”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/16/acupuncture-could-help-prevent-stress_n_2883996.html

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People ask us all the time what the best way to lose weight is, here is some sensible, good advice from a Registered Dietitian. Acupuncture can support weight loss-treatments area $20.

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run/2015/09/22/not-losing-weight-heres-why

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“People with chronic back, neck or joint pain commonly seek acupuncture and chiropractic care for relief, but many don’t tell their doctors about it”

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/07/23/not-telling-your-doctor-you-use-acupuncture-and-chiropractic/?ref=topics&_r=3

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http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/09/22/436905063/to-curb-pain-without-opioids-oregon-looks-to-alternative-treatments

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“In the U.S., Japan, Korea and elsewhere, we use antibiotics too much… And the more we use antibiotics, the greater the likelihood that clever bacteria will evolve in ways that resist the attack of antibiotics. So once-treatable infections become difficult or impossible to cure.”

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2015/09/17/441146398/why-india-is-a-hotbed-of-antibiotic-resistance-and-sweden-is-not?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20150918

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“If you are receiving fertility treatments or concerned about your ability to get pregnant, consider including a natural, complementary practice thousands of years old: acupuncture.”

http://health.clevelandclinic.org/2015/01/how-acupuncture-can-offer-you-natural-fertility-help/

 

Ear Acupuncture to Support Mental Health

At Beach Community Acupuncture, we strive to help all aspects of your well-being!

https://www.madinamerica.com/2014/01/ear-acupuncture-support-mental-health/