So, 2022 what will you throw at us next?
We all thought that Covid-19 was at the forefront of our concerns this year, but with the recent floods here in Southeast Queensland, what else could possibly go wrong?
We can sense a great deal of anxiety and stress within the community and here at Greenstone Acupuncture, we're here to help support during these difficult times.
The devastation produced by the flooding will be adding to feelings we’ve potentially been experiencing recently of anger, fear, uncertainty, anxiety, and stress. These can all have greater effects on our nervous system than we may realise.
How does an overload on the nervous system present? You may experience symptoms of:
· Fatigue or lethargy
· Panic attacks
· Inability to relax
· Poor digestion
So, how can acupuncture provide relief and support to our nervous system during these challenging times?
According to Chinese Medicine, anxiety and stress interrupts the flow of energy (Qi) throughout the body in channels called meridians. When these meridians become disrupted or blocked, qi is unable to move smoothly throughout the body which can cause an imbalance and lack of nutrition to certain areas.
Research suggests that the effect of acupuncture can balance the parasympathetic (relax and digest) and sympathetic (fight or flight) nervous system1. The insertion of tiny needles into these pathways of the body, stimulates the release of endorphins which regulate the parasympathetic nervous system. Hence, this can also reduce the level of cortisol (aka our stress hormone).
What about other ways to support yourself and loved ones, if you can’t reach us at the clinic?
· Nourishing foods
· Communication with others
· Gentle movement
At Greenstone Acupuncture we are part of the support structure for the community so please reach out to us if you have any questions on how we may be able to help you.
Source: 1Hanley KO, T. Der Weltärztekongress 2018. German Journal of Acupuncture. 2018;61(4):278–81.