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Tackle stress and live optimally with these natural treatments
Got stress? Here is how to tackle stress, naturally!
We all feel or experience stress at some point in our day. Some feel “stressed” all the time and when it becomes “normal” to feel this way is when your health can suffer. Did you know 62% of adults in the United States utilize some form of complementary and alternative medical treatments to help manage stress?
Some of the common natural ways to tackle stress include our fav-acupuncture! Others include yoga, exercise routine, healthy anti-inflammatory diet, tai chi, medication, mindfulness, to name a few.
What does the research say about tackling stress with acupuncture?
A study published in the Annals of Yoga and Physical Therapy looked at how acupuncture treatments affect stress levels in administrative workers at a local hospital. The study included 58 participants who reported high levels of stress associated with their jobs. The participants were treated with eight weeks of auricular acupuncture. After the eight acupuncture sessions, the workers reported their stress levels had decreased from high to moderate. The study hypothesizes that reduced stress levels are associated with regular acupuncture treatments due to the release of neurotransmitters in the body. This study and many others are providing evidence that acupuncture can indeed decrease stress levels and improve overall health.
How is stress defined?
Stress is defined as either pressure or tension exerted on an object or a state of mental or emotional strain resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.
Here are some facts from the Global Organization for Stress:
● Americans report higher levels of stress than most countries around the globe.
● Surveys show that nearly one out of 75 people worldwide experience panic attacks.
● Stress in American teenagers is now one of the top health concerns and it is being found that teenagers experiencing stress are more likely to develop long-term health problems.
● We all experience stress in our lives.
But learning how to deal with it can be crucial for a happy, healthy life.
How to tackle stress, naturally?
To highlight, our fav way to deal with stress involves the use of a 3,000 year old medical system, known as Acupuncture! Acupuncture a subset of Traditional Chinese Medicine, uses many different modalities or tools to treat the human mind and body.
Studies show acupuncture can reduce stress when used regularly. The Journal of Endocrinology published a study showing stress hormones, like cortisol, were lower in rats that had received electroacupuncture. The use of electroacupuncture actually blocked the chronic stress hormones in the rats. It does the exact same thing for humans.
Because acupuncture can help regulate the stress response, this is why acupuncture is also very effective at helping IVF outcomes and treatment fertility. Interesting to note, acupuncture is a 100% non-drug way to treat many conditions, including tackling stress. It has minimal side-effects, and helps by promoting increased blood flow, supporting the immune system, reducing stress and anxiety, boosting energy, and reducing pain.
There are other tools we can use to relieve stress, such as cupping and herbs, although acupuncture and acupressure tend to work the fastest. Ask me to find out more!
Give our office a call, (425) 686-4498 to schedule your consult today at our Bothell Office!
Dr. Ellie Heintze, ND, LAc, is a naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist in Bothell, WA at her practice Starting Point Acupuncture. Dr. Ellie Heintze is also the author of the book, A Starting Point Guide to Going Gluten-Free on Amazon.
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Dr. Ellie Heintze, ND, LAc
- Master’s Degree in Acupuncture
- Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine
- Master’s Degree in Chemistry
Northern Arizona University
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