Acupuncture for Stress Reduction: Part II
From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO...
I am always amazed by the long list of varied and sometime complex conditions for which patients seek out acupuncture. I am equally amazed by the one common complaint that so many people seem to talk about every week: high stress levels. Many times patients no longer need to see me for their initial complaint but they decide to continue with acupuncture because they find that their sense of well-being is restored and they experience less anxiety and feelings of stress despite the fact that their every day stressors still exist. This is a great time of year to benefit from a little extra stress reduction and acupuncture is just one of many tools that you can use. If you're interested in rating your stress levels, check out last week's post.
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.
The best way to understand how acupuncture works for the treatment of stress is to understand the stress response in our bodies. Stress triggers a series of chemical reactions and physical changes which include the release of neurohormones including cortisol (adrenal cortex) and adrenalin (adrenal medulla). This is how our sympathetic nervous system responds to everyday stresses-this is our “fight or flight” coping mechanism. This response can be a healthy reaction to an everyday phenomenon such as our immune system mounting a defense against a virus. However, chronic, out of proportion stress responses result in pathological changes in the body. Stress leads to an increased heart rate, increased breath rate, hyperglycemia, increased blood pressure, and muscle tension. Eventually stress can cause mental strain, anxiety, insomnia, exhaustion, palpitations and even pain. The body can somatize stress in the form of headaches, backaches, skin disorders or gastrointestinal disorders.
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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.