Acupuncture for Stress Reduction: Part I
From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO...
Could it be possible? Christmas decorations in store windows? It's true. I was almost tempted to purchase an advent calendar the day after Halloween.
One way or another, the holiday season is approaching. It's a good time to take a moment before the holidays to assess your stress levels and look at the big picture before the new year. Unusually high levels of stress can affect sleep, energy, mental health, as well as almost every system of the body. Eventually, chronic levels of stress over work your endocrine system, taxing your adrenal glands as they are required to produce stress hormones such as cortisol to help your body cope with various types of stress. Is there a way to determine whether your stress level is affecting your health? Score yourself for the following 15 questions below to see how your body is handling stress:
0=I do not experience this symptom 1=Mild 2=Moderate 3=Severe
- Sensitivity to chemical smells
- Depression, rapid mood swings
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Lack of mental alertness
- Salt cravings
- Feeling tired but wired
- Trouble falling or staying asleep
- Feeling of being stressed
- Low blood pressure
- Feeling of not being rested upon waking
- Tendency to startle easily
- Tendency to get upset or frustrated easily
- Quick to cry
- Low tolerance for alcohol, caffeine or other drugs
SCORING: 10 or more: High priority 6-9: Moderate Priority 1-5: Low Priority
Acupuncture is effective for treatment of many mental health concerns, particularly-stress, anxiety disorders, and depression. This an important tool because 60-90% of all health care visits are due to stress-related disorders. Acupuncture is unique in that the effects are long-lasting. Acupuncture causes the release of beta-endorphins and has a sympathetic calming effect. It decreases the heart rate, blood pressure, while increasing energy, and tissue regeneration. Generally, it can relieve feelings of anxiety and depression leaving people with a sense of well-being.
Want to try acupuncture this year? Schedule a complimentary consult to learn more about how acupuncture can benefit your health. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO
Jessica L. Molleur is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She first became interested in acupuncture as a soccer player searching for an alternative to knee surgery and discovered the many benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis and a Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Jessica is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Chinese Herbology through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is also a Diplomate of Acupuncture Orthopedics, a specialty certification held by fewer than 500 acupuncturists in the United States.
Jessica currently maintains a private acupuncture practice in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, which was awarded Best Acupuncture Center by Boston Magazine. Areas of specialty include women's health, pregnancy, infertility, pediatrics, and sports medicine. If you are interested in learning about the benefits of acupuncture for fertility and IVF, please visit the acupuncture + fertility page. New patients can book online to schedule any acupuncture service including a complimentary consult. Jessica also serves as a health care consultant for a number of integrative medical institutes. Her clients include IVF and infertility centers, functional medicine offices, orthopedic facilities, concierge practices, and green spas. Please contact OMBE for more information about these services.
Prior to her consulting work, Jessica founded an integrative health center in Boston. The eco-friendly center was one of the first twenty-five companies certified as a Sustainable Business Leader in Boston. During its ten-year tenure, the center provided services including acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, naturopathy, nutritional counseling, personal training, Pilates, and yoga. Studio offerings included mom and baby programming, Mongan Method Hypnobirthing, natural childbirth education and the Holistic Moms Network. The center was the recipient of several awards, including Mayor Menino's Green Business Award, a multiple recipient of Boston Business Journal's Best Workplace, Boston Magazine's Best of Boston Award for Massage Therapy as well as Best Eco-Friendly Massage, Eco-Beauty Bar, Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, Pilates, and Workout.