Acupuncture for stress
Acupuncture treatment and Chinese Herbal Medicine consultations in South West London, SW14, SW15, SW18, SW19, Earlsfields, Southfields and Wimbledon
often on a daily basis, this is a normal response to events in our lives that may feel beyond our control.
If we are healthy and have good coping strategies, the stress is short-lived, we are usually able to recover without too many adverses consequences to our health and well-being.
However, when the stress is severe, and if it lasts a long time, symptoms become rapidly apparent.
We are reasonably well equipped to react to stressful events.
At the first sign of a threat, real or perceived, our sympathetic nervous system kicks in and we rapidly experience what is called the “fight or flight” response:
our heart rate increases, our pupils dilate, our digestion temporarily shuts down, directing blood to the brain and our extremities, so that if need be, we can either fight what is threatening us, or turn and run away if the danger is too high.
Unfortunately the stress in our daily life of competition, rushing, feeling of constant insecurity, relentless pressure and deadlines we find ourselves in a constant state of “fight or flight”, or stress.
Over time, this permanent state of stress takes its toll. Cortisol, the body’s stress hormone elevates, blood pressure increases, our immune function is suppressed; soon these symptoms increase and can develop into anxiety, depression, fatigue, digestive problems, tension headaches and many other stress related psychosomatic disorders.
Positive stress (or eustress) is the result of good coping strategies, a creative drive and excellent abilities to manage daily life events and professional activities.
Positive stress enhances well-being and can be harnessed to enhance performance and fuel achievement.
anxiety, sleeplessness, fatigue (including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), reduced resistance to infection leading to frequent colds, coughs, flu; etc; frequent aches & pains back pain, neck and shoulder pains, chest pains and angina-like symptoms, high blood pressure, headaches and migraines, sweating, palpitations, trembling, hormonal problems (disturbed menstrual cycle, dysmenorrhoea, loss of libido, impotence), irritable bowel syndrome or IBS, skin disorders (such as athlete's foot, eczema, psoriasis, shingles, urticaria), loss of appetite or excessive comfort eating, waking up more tired than when you went to bed, etc
Common psychological symptoms: panic attacks, reactive depression, thoughts of suicide, nervous breakdown, forgetfulness, poor memory, poor concentration, flashbacks and replays, excessive guilt, disbelief and confusion and bewilderment ("why me?", an unusual degree of fear, sense of isolation, insecurity, desperation, etc; acute anxiety.
Behavioural symptoms: tearfulness, irritability, angry outbursts, obsessive behaviour,increased alertness, hypersensitivity (almost every remark or action is perceived as critical even when it is not), sullenness, mood swings, withdrawal, indecision, loss of humour, hyperawareness (acute awareness of time, seasons, distance travelled), nail biting, teeth grinding, tics, increased reliance on stimulants (tannin, caffeine, nicotine, alcohol), or medications such as sleeping tablets, tranquillisers, antidepressants; comfort spending (and consequent financial problems), phobias (especially agoraphobia), etc.
Effects on personality - shattered self-confidence and self-esteem, low self-image, loss of self-worth and self-love
Acupuncture has an immediate impact on stress: people who have an acupuncture treatment feel immediately more relaxed, and regain a better ability to cope.
Weekly sessions are usually necessary, during the treatment I also review stressful situation with the person, how to cope, respond to difficulties, regain some ability to switch off etc. it is also important to use these sessions to learn and implement good dares management techniques.
Stress has a profound psychosomatic impact, and I use acupuncture, herbal medicine and homeopathy to treat also stress related symptoms such as IBS, insomnia, muscle aches, neck and back problems etc. The combination of acupuncture and herbal medicine or acupuncture and homeopathy is particularly effective in eliminating quickly all the tensions and symptoms associated with stress.
Self help for stress:
Avoid drinking alcohol: drinking is only a short lived stress relief: drinking make stress worst by causing de-hydratation, indigestion, hangover, and lowering your energy
Re-establish heathy routines; got to bed and get up at regular time, eat regular meals, find sometimes for a bit of exercise.
Homeopathy: try Aconite 30 for irrational fears, Arsenicum 30 for anxiety in the evening, gelsemium 30 for anxiety with trembling.
Herbal medicine: among the best remedies for stress and anxiety are: valerian, Kava-Kava, Passiflora, Verbena
Essential oil: Chamomile, Lavender, mandarin, ylang-Ylang
Acupuncture: a short course of treatment is very effective
I treat eczema and other skin problems in adults and children using Chinese herbs, acupuncture and Homeopathy, often in combination; this allow me to get good results with mild treatment.
I prefer to use homeopathy for babies and young children, and often combine Chinese herbs and acupuncture for adults.
Not all skin conditions can be cured, but it is often possible to minimise the condition or force it into remission; many types of eczema, skin rashes and inflammations respond quickly to treatment.
Pj Cousin is a full member of the British Acupuncture Council and of the Unified Register of herbal Practitioners
is one of the oldest and most mysterious form of health care, the first book on this subject is about 2500 years old, and there are indications that the Chinese were already using a crude form of TCM 4000 years ago.
Today, this medical system is widely used in China, Japan, Vietnam, Korea and all around Asia; in China alone there are 2500 hospitals specialising in TCM. This complex medical system is taught in 30 Chinese universities, to thousands of students from 120 different countries.
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