MANAGING STRESS WITH CHINESE MEDICINE
One of the greatest gifts of working with a Chinese medicine practitioner is learning how to better take care of your unique body. The ways in which your body reacts to stress is not random. Often, there is a predictable pattern of symptoms that arise together, and this can be different for each person. Piecing them together is how we diagnose in Chinese medicine, and once that pattern is understood, acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and dietary changes are used to help your body self correct and cope more efficiently.
SYMPTOMS RELATED TO STRESS
The following is a list of symptoms that commonly manifest from stress and can be treated with Chinese medicine, but any symptom that arises or gets worse under stress can usually be addressed with this approach:
- neck pain
- back pain
- changes in mood
- irregular menstrual cycles
- weight gain
- loose stool
Working with an acupuncturist to help correct these symptoms not only helps in the moment, but it helps you learn how to take better care of your body to prevent future symptoms. You will learn dietary changes, lifestyle adjustments and supplements to try to speed your healing and help manage your symptoms more effectively. These changes not only help the acupuncture treatments work faster, they may also help you cope with stress better in the future.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or a symptom that is not on this list and are interesting in trying acupuncture and Chinese medicine, make an appointment or contact us to see if we can help!