The Causes & Effects of Stress
Stress starts when your body is
confronted with more than it can handle be it physical, emotional or mental.
In terms of TCM, stress is linked with the function of the
liver and kidney systems. One of the main physiological functions of the
liver is to regulate mind and mood. When stress affects the liver it is
unable to perform this function well, and the human body will fail to
co-ordinate its mental and moral activities. This may be evident by dullness
and anxiety depression, belching, sighing. In extreme cases, symptom may
occur such as restlessness of the mind, irascibility, dizziness and
sensations of distension in head, headache, insomnia and dream disturbed
Stress is not terrible harmful
in the short term, but prolonged stress keeps you in overdrive and can affect
your health. It may, for example narrow blood vessels causing raised blood
pressure, even angina or a heart attack. It may also provoke over or under
eating, resulting in obesity or severe loss of weight. Chronic stress may
also cause migraine, hair loss, asthma, impotence etc.
Managing Stress by TCM
Most people treated by TCM claim acupuncture are one of the most
effective alternative therapies for stress when they fail to cure their
problems through conventional medicine. Many people know little more about
acupuncture than that it involves having needles stuck into your body. But it
is the positioning of those needles which is crucial. Acupuncturists believe
their fine needles can help to stimulate the body's own healing response.
Some patients are instantly relieved when the problems are stress-related.
Chinese herbs can play a fundamental
role in any stress management program. When used within the context of a
program that addresses a range of factors, herbs can facilitate a dramatic
change in the quality of life experienced by anyone under
stress. Some herbs can disperse the liver which is suitable for emotional
anger and depression. Others can nourish the kidney and calm the liver Yang
which suitable for tiredness and dizziness.
The most effective herbal products for stress are JIA WEI XIAO YAO WAN, YANG
XUE AN SHEN WAN. AN SHENG JIAN NAO YE, XIAO YAO WAN, WU JIA SHENG JING.
Other methods for management of stress
include: a good diet (less caffeine, less alcohol), relaxation exercises such
as Tai Chi, training yourself stress-free attitude etc.