27 Nov 2012

The American Way

While a typical American diet (low in fruits and vegetables) is a causative factor in diseases, stress may share fully half the blame or more. The body responds magnificently to the occasional heart-stopping snap of a twig outside a tent flap. But the constant assault of fast-paced modern life is damaging. For starters, stress can trigger asthma attacks, herpes flare-ups, allergies, hypertension, heart disease, and a host of other serious illnesses.

Acupuncture for Stress Reduction

Regardless of the focus of the treatment, such as knee pain, gastritis, bronchitis, or low back pain, stress reduction is the delightful side-effect of treatment. There are also some gentle calming herbs that we should all meet and cherish.

Additionally, I teach interested clients some very basic qigong exercises that assist in reducing anxiety, improving sleep, and lowering blood pressure.  Read more about qigong.

About the Author

Janet Barrows has a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) from the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, CA. She is a California State Licensed Acupuncturist (L. Ac.) practicing acupuncture in Santa Rosa, CA. Her practice includes acupuncture, natural herbs, facial rejuvenation, nutrition, and medical qigong.