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Three Traditional Chinese Techniques
That Help Reduce Stress

According to traditional Chinese medicine, stress occurs when the body is not balanced and there is a blockage of Qi. This can be harmful for all of the body systems. Stress, when left unchecked, can lead to wide variety of emotional and physical ailments that traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) can treat. Following are several stress-related ailments:

  • Irritability
  • Chest pain
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Memory problems
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increase cortisol levels
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Hypertension
  • Ulcers
  • Migraines
  • Colitis
  • Heart attack

Treatments

Acupuncture - One very beneficial TCM technique for relieving stress is acupuncture. This ancient practice works to clear blockages or obstructions in the nerve channels. By strategically placing the needles along the complex meridian system, certain points are stimulated. These points open the pathways and allow Qi to flow freely again. The fresh oxygen that is delivered when Qi flows properly helps to ease the pain associated with the physical symptoms of stress. Acupuncture also releases endorphins.  These help facilitate emotional healing while and work to alleviate physical pain.

Qigong - Qigong exercises are also used as a TCM treatment for stress. Qigong exercise combines postures and breathing techniques that work to improve the flow of Qi.  This benefits the body physically, mentally, and spiritually.  With the breathing exercises, fresh oxygen clears the mind and helps to create harmony. The movements help to restore energy as the entire body works together while doing them.

Herbal therapy - Certain herbal teas and tonics also work to balance the emotions and hormones.  This in turn helps to reduce various stress symptoms. Many of the herbal concoctions actually lower blood pressure.  They help patients achieve a stable state of relaxation, helping to keep stress at bay.

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