Dr. Tan Shen - Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine
BURRARD ACUPUNCTURE CLINIC
phone: 604-669-8865
cell: 604-618-0568
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Stress

The human body is intended to experience stress and react to it accordingly. Stress can be positive, keeping us alert and ready to avoid danger. However, stress becomes negative when a person faces continuous challenges without relief or relaxation between these disturbances. As a result, a person may gradually become irritable, anxiety and depression, possibly resulting in a loss of control over their lives.

Stress that continues without treatment can lead to a condition called distress - a highly negative stress reaction. Distress can lead to physical symptoms including: headaches, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, skin problems, allergies, low energy, full body aches, and insomnia. Research reveals that stress also can encourage or worsen certain syndromes or diseases.

Chinese herbs and acupuncture produce noticeable changes in most cases. It has also been shown that acupuncture may help stimulate the release of certain mood-regulating brain chemicals (such as serotonin). When an individuals mood stabilizes, their appetite, energy and sleep patterns will also improve.

Chinese herbs and acupuncture produce noticeable changes in most cases. It has also been shown that acupuncture may help stimulate the release of certain mood-regulating brain chemicals (such as serotonin). When an individual's mood stabilizes, their appetite, energy and sleep patterns will also improve.

The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies stress as a condition for which acupuncture has been proven (through clinical trials) to be an effective treatment. In fact, a research review published in 2008 sized up eight small trials (with a total of 477 patients) and concluded that acupuncture significantly reduces severe stress. The trials also indicate that acupuncture may have an additional benefit when combined with Western medication (compared with the use of medication alone).