stress and anxiety relief in san francisco

The body's response to stress is a natural process that helps it cope with change.  Stress activates the sympathetic nervous system, also known as "flight-or-fight" and when activated excess amount of hormones called adrenaline and cortisol are excreted. These hormones increase lung function and heart rate, anxiety, raise alertness and clarity, lower immunity and affect digestion. When stress levels decrease adrenaline and cortisol levels return to normal, blood pressure decreases, appetite returns, and the hyper-alertness goes away.  In general, stress is okay if we recover from it but unfortunately modern life is busy and demanding and many are exposed to high levels of stress and anxiety on a daily basis.  

chronic stress affect on the body

  • Shuts down the immune system, increases inflammation and makes the body susceptible to many illnesses
  • Damages mitochondria, the energy powerhouse of the body
  • Reduces the ability to metabolize and detoxify
  • Increases blood pressure
  • Negatively alters digestive function
  • Impairs sleep
  • Linked to heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, weight gain and short-term memory loss

acupuncture can provide stress relief by

  • Suppresses the "flight-or-fight" system and actives the parasympathetic nervous system - responsible for resting, digesting and healing
  • Improves immunity by regulating the nervous system
  • Creates a sense of relaxation and improves overall state of mind
  • Stimulates the release of endorphins, hormones responsible for relieving pain
  • Regulatory effect on mood altering neuropeptides such as melatonin, serotonin and dopamine

With hectic modern-day lifestyles it is challenging and sometimes impossible to reduce the stressors in life but it is possible to change how the body reacts to them.  Acupuncture is a proven effective tool that helps the body reverse and cope with the negative effects of stress.