From the perspective of Whole Systems Traditional Chinese Medicine (WS-TCM), stress describes the response to an increase or change in demand on the body/mind. The circumstances can be positive (like the birth of a child) or negative (like the loss of a loved one), but the resulting effect is to shift the body out of its normal, balanced state.
The stress response is automatic, and it cannot be prevented or controlled. Everyone experiences stress, and everyone processes it differently. Modern life chronically activates our stress response, even when we’re dealing with mundane occurrences. A crowded subway, lack of sleep, and a poor diet can all cause stress, which can manifest in many different ways, impacting:
Immune System Health
as well as mental health disorders including depression, anxiety and PTSD. WS-TCM can help recalibrate stress hormones in the body by acting on the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis. The HPA axis connects our central nervous system and endocrine system, releasing stress hormones into the body. Studies have shown that acupuncture influences patients’ neurobiological response and helps regulate the autonomic nervous system, making it an effective treatment for nerve-related disorders such as anxiety and circadian rhythm disorders.
In Chinese medicine, emotions are integral to wellbeing, and they have a relationship with specific organs and body systems. We use modalities including acupuncture, Chinese herbs, lifestyle recommendations, and stress reduction techniques to restore homeostasis—or balance—to the HPA axis. Your personalized plan may include techniques such as breathing, hydration, nutrition, exercise, tools for processing emotions, and methods for ridding your body of the negative effects of stress.
— Sam F., San Francisco