Stress is a way of life for many people these days. When we experience a thought or event that we perceive as stressful, our bodies begin producing hormones and neurotransmitters designed to help us respond to the stressful situation by engaging in a conflict or fleeing. This is referred to as the “fight or flight” response. This response is mediated by the sympathetic nervous system, the hypothalamus and pituitary glands, both located in the brain, and the adrenal glands, located above the kidneys.
This leads to the over production of stress hormones and health problems.
What Are Some of the Health Problems of Stress?
- Hair Loss
- Anxiety or Moodiness
- Weight Gain
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Reliance on stimulants like caffeine
- Poor Immune Function
- High Blood Pressure
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
We regularly see patients who suffer from the effects of chronic stress, depression, and anxiety achieve significant relief with acupuncture treatment. Naturopathic treatment strategies including nutrition and lifestyle counseling, herbal medicines, homeopathy, and targeted nutritional supplements that can greatly enhance acupuncture’s beneficial effects. Both ear and table are offered depending on your specific needs.
For most patients who choose acupuncture treatment alone or in conjunction with naturopathic care, an initial series of 2-3 weekly acupuncture treatments is recommended. After that time, treatments may be spaced out to once every week or continued weekly treatments may be recommended depending on how the treatment is progressing. Over time as patients feel better and better, the time between visits gets longer until eventually patients only come for “tune up” treatments once a month to help maintain balance, or as needed when acutely stressful situations arise.
We have different plans to fit all budgets so please call us at 813-882.8373 about our free consultation so we can help you with your health.