‘Im having a moment.”
“Stress” is one of the most common complaints seen in Clinic (Pain is No 2). It is linked to numerous health conditions. We have all experienced it and will continue to experience it. It is so prevalent in society, we take it for granted and accept it as normal.
There is positive stress. We need it to motivate ourselves, to get stuff done or we would just stay the same. We go beyond what we currently believe is our natural capacity, we recover or integrate, then we do it all over again. Its the stress that helps us change. Its the stuff that makes us want to make a difference. It helps us to live, evolve, survive and thrive.
There is negative stress. When we continue to go beyond our natural capacity, physical or mental, have no recovery, and we continue to ramp it up! This can be exciting, addictive, infectious even. It can also be depleting, exhausting and lead to serious ill-health.
Too much of both types of stress will create a disruption in the natural energy balance. This originates in the Auto-Immune System. The Para-Sympathetic system is our 'rest and digest' function. The Sympathetic System is our 'fight or flight' function. Most of us are switched into our 'fight or flight' regularly or constantly.
Over time this creates a deficit. Any deficit will result in imbalance. The energetic system needs to be in balance to function efficiently. It naturally seeks to balance in every moment, to adjust into 'rest and digest' function naturally. This takes time to learn. Begin by breathing!
Typically in Stress conditions, most organs and their energies will indicate imbalance. Symptomatically, Stress can present in the physical, emotional or mental health. The physical structure and posture is affected by stress, when someone is literally ‘carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders’. Pain, tension, reduced flexibility and mobility, are common in shoulders, back and neck, lower back and pelvis.
Stress takes its toll on the emotions and mental health too. Some people will describe ‘having a knot in their stomach’ or their ‘nerves are stretched to breaking’. They can feel under pressure to perform, they cant sleep, they cant eat, something is going round and round in their head. They are unable to relax, they cant relax, they cant switch off, they are permanently on alert (fight or flight).
Add poor nutrition, lack of exercise/excessive exercise, weak immune system, poor coping skills, alcohol or drugs to that and its becomes a very loaded system.
How can 5 Element Acupuncture benefit Stress?
The energy or Qi is regulated through diagnosis of the Causative Factor or main Element and subsequent treatment of the main Element. Treatment begins with a detox for all of the systems, then further supportive and energising treatments are given. Guided meditations and exercise are added to reduce stress.
When balance is restored in the systems, the typical effect felt is a calming or quieting of the mind, this brings quite or calm into the heart which begins the process where all of the organs are is able to support the body. Increasingly over time the body remembers how to remain in this relaxed state and the mind is better able to accept the need.