Acupuncture and Stress
Stress is a natural, non-specific response of the body to the various demands we place upon it. However, stress is not necessarily negative. There is a distinction between healthy and unhealthy stress.
Healthy stress includes physical exercise, good eating habits, positive thinking, adequate rest, and a natural response to emergency situations. These stressors keep us alert and motivated, and support our body’s strength and vitality. Unhealthy stress, such as negative emotions and thinking, overexertion, poor eating habits, lack of sleep, and chemical and environmental pollutants and toxins, challenge our health and can trigger physical and mental problems, particularly if they are experienced over a prolonged period of time.
Unfortunately, modern day stress is considerably higher, more frequent and more consistent than what our predecessors experienced. Over time, this excess stress can actually be detrimental to our health.
There is Hope:
Along with treating physical and emotional symptoms and signs associated with stress, this ancient medicine addresses the root cause(s) of the problem. One way that stress affects the body is by causing a depletion or blockage of Qi, especially that of the Kidneys and Adrenal glands.
Qi (“chee”) is the vital energy or power that animates and supports the functions of the body. It flows through specific pathways, called meridians, and provides nourishment for the entire body. When Qi becomes “blocked” or the supply is inadequate, the body and organ systems become “stressed out” and our health is then compromised.
With acupuncture, Dr. Kiefer’s job is to support and restore the integrity of the various organs affected and depleted by the stress response, along with evaluating the quality and quantity of Qi.
Dr. Kiefer may also suggest adjunct therapies to enhance treatment and aid healing. Proper eating habits, as well as the use of gentle chiropractic care, exercise, stretching, movement and meditation practices support and promote a balanced and healthy body, mind, and spirit.