Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine | Stress, Anxiety and Depression

Stress, Anxiety and depression

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine can help to regulate the hormones related to depression, anxiety & stress.  At Balanced Life Health Care in Ferntree Gully, we restore the natural balance of physical, mental and emotional health.

  • Stress
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Medication withdrawal
  • Burnout/exhaustion
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Anger management

Stress

 

Stress is a natural response to the bodies various demands we place upon it. In times gone, our stress response or “fight or flight’ response provided us with energy that could save our life. Unfortunately, in our modern lifestyle our stressors are considerably higher, and more consistent than our predecessors ever experienced.

 

However stress is not necessarily negative, it can mean that we meet important deadlines, it keeps us alert, helps with motivation, and so on. There is a distinction between healthy and unhealthy stress.

 

Our response to stress can either help or hinder our body’s ability to cope with these various stressors in our lives. Unhealthy responses to stress include negative thinking, feeling overwhelmed, poor eating habits, lack of sleep, and feeling of ill health. Unhealthy stress causes the body to work much harder, and this can trigger physical and mental health issues.

 

Over time, ongoing stress and unhealthy responses to stress can actually be detrimental to our health.

 

Medical studies have shown that with increased and consistent stress, our white blood cells, which defend our body against viruses, decrease. So no wonder you are sick all the time. Even if the stressor is no longer present, the body continues to keep the stress response active, just to ensure readiness in the event of danger.

 

The result of this is that even when away from the stressor, so quitting that stressful job or leaving a bad relationship still has a marked effect on your health for sometime after the event. From a Chinese Medicine perspective this has a depleting effect on our nervous system, lymphatic organs, kidneys and adrenals, which paves the way for a wide variety of signs and symptoms.

 

At Balanced Life Health Care we practise the Balance Method Acupuncture system, which decreases those stress hormones adrenalin and cortisol, thus taking your body from a fight or flight mode into a more relaxed state. Our focus is delivering an effective, personalised and detailed treatment plan, dedicated to improving your mental and emotional health.

 

Depression

Acupuncture in recent years has been studied as an adjunct therapy for the treatment of depression and associated symptoms. Although more studies are needed it has shown that Acupuncture can possibly;

  • Increase effectiveness of SSRI vs SSRI alone (1)

 

Anxiety

More information coming soon

References

  1. Chan (2015)
  2. The Acupuncture evidence project