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Effective Solutions To Help Your Body Handle Stress

Guiding Needle Acupuncture offers effective solutions to help your body handle stress. Read on to learn what you can do to improve body function and manage stress proactively.


When the environment is hostile to the body due to physical, chemical, and emotional stress; the body naturally reacts with either fighting or escaping the hostile stresses. Fight or flight reactions stimulate the adrenal glands to secrete adrenal hormones to prepare the body for a temporary emergency. The adrenals are famous for secretion of adrenaline, they also secrete fifty other hormones such as norepinephrine, cortisol, and DHEA...These hormones have an effect on nearly all bodily functions. Adrenaline is a natural vasoconstrictor which makes blood flow toward your muscles, your heart, and brain, and suppresses blood flow to the skin and digestive tract to help you fight and run.


Prolonged reoccurring stress causes the adrenal glands to continue secreting hormones; the secretion of norepinephrine shuts down the digestive tract because you don't require digesting food when under attack, so the body causes either immediate elimination or stops digestion. The results of long-term stress can include constipation, diarrhea or other digestive problems. More than 50% of your protein intake, B vitamins and vitamin C are not absorbed while under the influence of stress.


The adrenal hormone cortisol suppresses the immune system causing more susceptibility to pathogenic invasion. Cortisol can also affect the hormonal rhythm that leads to restorative sleep. When the body is under stress, it tries to keep you awake. Your altered cortisol levels can cause abnormal sleep behaviour such as difficulty falling asleep, restless sleep, irregular waking, light sleep.


The adrenal hormone DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is a precursor for testosterone, progesterone and the estrogens. DHEA antagonizes the effects of cortisol; like with every major control system in the body, cortisol and DHEA work through their alternating, dualistic balance. DHEA is a very powerful anti-aging hormone. Low levels of DHEA are found among those with alzheimer's, poor memory, poor cognition, poor brain function, bone and collagen loss, poor detoxification, diabetes, depression, hypothyroidism, suppressed immunity, endocrine hormone imbalance and adrenal fatigue.


Long-term stress can affect DHEA levels and lead to PMS, menopausal symptoms, hormonal imbalances, and a host of reproductive problems.


Periods of intense or lengthy physical, chemical, emotional stress can cause the adrenal glands to become exhausted and weak functionally. When the adrenal glands become unable to meet your body's demands you can have a condition known as adrenal fatigue or adrenal exhaustion.


Acupuncture promotes deep relaxation by activating the body’s parasympathetic nervous system; “rest, digest and recover” functions. Reaching this state is essential to restoring as well as maintaining robust health and vitality. That's why Dr. Thomas Nerbas recommends scheduling regular proactive acupuncture as part of your wellness plan.


Experience a holistic integrative medical approach to feeling better. Your body produces millions of healing substances and knows exactly how to use them. Acupuncture is the most advanced technique for modulating the nervous system which controls and coordinates every function of the body; directing your own innate healing and transformation.


To determine adrenal function, Dr. Thomas Nerbas employs Ragland's test; using blood pressure measurements taken lying down and standing. If you suspect that you have adrenal fatigue, reserve a complimentary acupuncture assessment with Dr. Thomas Nerbas today.


Enjoy the convenience of scheduling your appointments online in real-time, 24/7 at guidingneedleacupuncture.com

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