The constant barrage of modern day problems such as volatile global affairs, family and career obligations, automobile troubles and money issues, can easily cause physical and emotional stress and disturb the flow of daily life activities, causing an imbalance of physical and mental health. Any stressful event can trigger the fight-or-flight response, causing the body to secrete adrenaline and cortisol, resulting in symptoms of sweating, anxiety, depression, insomnia, poor appetite, headaches, etc. These symptoms are usually treated with anxiety medication or antidepressants prescribed by a psychiatrist and with psychotherapy or counseling.

Oriental medicine recognizes these symptoms as they relate to various conditions but the liver is the organ most sensitive to emotional distress. When the body is emotionally stressed, the energy of the liver doesn’t move as fluidly as it should. The energy of the liver becomes stagnated causing an overreaction of the spleen and stomach, which is commonly evidenced by poor appetite, gastritis and gastrointestinal symptoms.

Proper liver function is very important in keeping the inner human body clean and in good working order. The objective of Oriental medicine is to maintain balance within the human body or return it to its natural state, even after years of maltreatment.

Acupuncture, herbal formulation, meditation like Qigong, good nutrition, healthy sleep patterns and exercise like tai chi, help bring the body into the balance it must have to recover from any stress and be able to cope with the emotions and situations that come to pass.

There have been several studies proving that acupuncture can help dealing with stress. One study in particular, from 2001, from UCLA showed that acupuncture can block sympathetic nerve activity, causing patients to become more relaxed and calm as well as rested and ready for life’s daily activities.

At Behavioral Wellness Center we strive to help those who need help with managing stress, anxiety, depression and other symptoms of emotional stress. We welcome you and give our patients the best of services, specially tailored for each patient.

By Consuelo Camarillo De G., Lic. Ac.