Everyone experiences stress at some point, because it is a natural part of our fight or flight sympathetic nervous system. However, prolonged stress can produce harmful physical, emotional, and physiological changes and effects on the body. Acupuncture is one way to help calm your mind and allow your body to heal itself of the damage that stress does to the body. Prolonged stress may also take the form of anxiety and/or depression, which are illnesses that can be mitigated by meditation, mindfulness and acupuncture.
Anxiety and Depression
Treating Emotional Instability at Shanghai Chinese Medicine
Many of the treatments offered at Shanghai Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture work on a two-fold basis. They work on an external basis in that they help to increase blood flow and relax muscles in a troubled area. They also work on an internal basis to give you a boost of endorphins and help restore the flow of chi (energy) to your meridians.
We all have to deal with stress on a daily basis, and usually, simple coping mechanisms can help us get through the day. There are other times though, that it seems that your emotions are out of control or that they are simply getting the best of you. When you find yourself feeling out of balance emotionally, call the office or book your visit online.
Our Patients’ Experiences
I’ve been to many acupuncturists between my times in California. I saw Dr. Jang for the first time a few months ago, and I have seen him almost every single week since. I came to his originally to work on my foot, where I’ve had chronic pain for the past few years. I quickly realized how helpful he was not only for my foot, but for my stress levels, sleep, and overall wellbeing. He has helped balanced out my hormones and manage my stress! Booking appointments have been so easy via yelp or text. And they even check on me when I forget to book! Such an amazing place!
I first started as a patient because I was dealing with some very intense vertigo. I had been to multiple doctors before Dr Jang, and nothing quite seemed to work. Between acupuncture and different exercises, Dr Jang worked closely with me to find a solution that worked. As someone who is not of fan of needles, I can assure you that Dr Jang is extremely gentle, and makes the process enjoyable. No pain at all and quite relaxing. With some relaxation music I drifted off into a nice half sleep like state until she came in to wake me sometime later to take out the needles. Amazing place!
I have never been so happy with the help I have received from Dr. Jang and Dr. Amy at the Clinic for Pain and Anxiety. In a very short time I have experienced significant transformations in every aspect of my emotional and mental health, getting to the root of tough issues that have affected my psyche for years. Not only has it been effective, but it has also been very fun. Under their care, I am shedding layers, moving forward, and I see the effect this has on both my relationship with myself and my relationships with others. I love coming to see Dr. Jang and Dr. Amy. It’s a beautiful space with good energy and nice, comforting amenities. I always look forward to the days I get to go in.
Your Pathway to Good Health
From the perspective of Whole Systems Traditional Chinese Medicine (WS-TCM), stress describes the response to an increase or change in demand on the body/mind. The circumstances can be positive (like the birth of a child) or negative (like the loss of a loved one), but the resulting effect is to shift the body out of its normal, balanced state.
The stress response is automatic, and it cannot be prevented or controlled. Everyone experiences stress, and everyone processes it differently. Modern life chronically activates our stress response, even when we’re dealing with mundane occurrences. A crowded subway, lack of sleep, and a poor diet can all cause stress, which can manifest in many different ways, impacting:
Immune System Health
In Chinese medicine, emotions are integral to wellbeing, and they have a relationship with specific organs and body systems. We use modalities including acupuncture, Chinese herbs, lifestyle recommendations, and stress reduction techniques to restore homeostasis—or balance—to the HPA axis. Your personalized plan may include techniques such as breathing, hydration, nutrition, exercise, tools for processing emotions, and methods—such as relax acupressure —for ridding your body of the negative effects of stress.