Acupuncture and the Adrenal Glands
Written by Catheryne Dahlke, licensed Acupuncturist and Practitioner of TCM.
The adrenal glands are two tiny glands that sit on top of the kidneys. They are part of the overall endocrine system that produces hormones that regulate our bodies.
The adrenal glands produce three very important hormones:
- Adrenaline, also known as epinephrine, prepares the body to spring into action during stressful or life-threatening situations.
- Cortisol helps regulate metabolism and assists the body in responding to stress.
- Aldosterone helps control blood pressure. When the adrenal glands are not functioning properly, many diseases can develop.
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Excessive and unrelenting stress can deplete the adrenal glands over time.
Don’t let this happen to you!
Stress plays a huge factor in how our bodies thrive and survive.
Chronic stress can have serious health implications. Stress causes the adrenal glands to produce excess cortisol and adrenaline, which puts these glands in a constant state of “fight or flight” leading to lead symptoms such as poor sleep, weight gain, digestive issues and chronic illnesses.
Cortisol normally helps the body convert food into energy as it keeps the mind alert and helping to reduce inflammation.
This is why many people who are diagnosed with Fibromyalgia may also be clinically experiencing adrenal fatigue and chronic stress.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
TCM provides some of the best tools available to battle chronic stress and adrenal fatigue, such as acupuncture.
Studies have shown acupuncture treatments actually turn on or stimulate the relaxation areas of the parasympathetic nervous system.
By stimulating your nervous system, it helps regulate your heart rate, improve digestion, and balance your sleep cycles.
Most people experience deep relaxation and alertness during and after an acupuncture treatment. Some actually fall asleep!
This is also an important tool in the TCM chest. Herbal medicine offers simple, safe, and amazingly effective remedies for many chronic problems.
There are many herbal products that help with stress and adrenal fatigue. However, what may be appropriate for one person may not be suitable for another with similar symptoms.
Many factors, based on TCM, go into choosing an effective remedy for each individual.
Find what is right for you!
Talk to Catheryne, our licensed Acupuncturist and Practitioner of TCM, here at the Wellness Path for more information on symptoms and treatments.
Get on the natural path to healing!