When it comes to dealing with stress three seems to be the magic number. If two bad things happen in a row people can handle it but if that number suddenly becomes three, then the body shuts down; we become emotional and have difficulty regulating ourselves.
In children I describe this as being “over the top” and find that a good rest will reset a child. In adults this becomes a harder state to re-set because we can get stuck there. It affects our mental capacity to process. And if any emotional wounds were triggered in the process a person may become inconsolable.
I was recently treating a patient who had become triggered by old family wounds. She was ok until a visit with her sister-in-law shut her down. The sister’s behaviour triggered an old dynamic she had with her father – a feeling of powerlessness and not being heard or having a voice. On its own this incident would have just been a rather unpleasant weekend. But when combined with two prior incidents this patient felt herself slipping back into feelings of severe panic and anxiety.
Fortunately, this patient has a coping plan when she finds herself entering back into these old feelings. The first involves booking in with her counsellor. The second is booking in with me for an acupuncture/healing touch session. Physiologically her body switched from parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest) into sympathetic nervous system(fight or flight response. Acupuncture moves people out of a heightened state of fear and anxiety into a calmer more relaxed state where their mind can process situations more rationally.
With the help of a counsellor, especially EMDR counselling, patients can uncover their triggers and get to the root of the action that’s causing their pain – often found in emotional childhood wounds (abuse, neglect, alcoholic parents or divorce).
Covid also caused a lot of my patients to become displaced emotionally and out of balance. Again using acupuncture and healing touch to help guide this emotional energy through their bodies I am able to restore them to peace and wellbeing. Patients often leave feeling exhausted and wobbly as holding onto all that fear, anger and anxiety is exhausting especially for their nervous systems.
If patients don’t have a good counsellor to help them in their worst moments exercise is a good interim solution. A fast walk, bike ride, or yoga with lots of breathwork – anything that gets their body moving will also help move that excess energy through their system.
Time for a Reset
If it feels like you’re going through a transition right now you are.
With all the yang energy of summer we run on a natural high, but as light and heat of summer gives way to fall’s cooler temperatures and diminishing daylight your body goes through a period of adjustment. You may find yourself sleeping longer hours, craving warmer cooked foods and maybe feeling a little bit down or melancholy.
Strengthening Your Immune System
In Chinese medicine, autumn is associated with metal and the lungs. Because the lungs are the most exterior organs in the body, they are the most susceptible to getting sick. Viruses and bacteria enter into the lung system via skin, mouth, nasal passages, so strengthening your lungs and enhancing your immune system becomes key to staying healthy.
Sipping this tea throughout the day can help boost your immune system.
Immune Boosting Tea
- 2 slices of fresh ginger
- ½ stick cinnamon
- Six cups boiled hot water
- Steep for one hour
Strengthening Your Lungs
Autumn is also a dryer, windier time of year. Seasonal allergies tend to flair up triggered by leaf mold. The dry heat in your home can further irritate the lungs. This dryness can cause the lungs to feel irritated leading to coughs and dry phlegm caught in your throat.
Adding these foods can help nourish and moisten the lungs:
- Pears, apples, sweet potato, honey, carrot ginger soups – soups and stews are always good for your lungs as they are moistening.
Re-Balance Your Body With Acupuncture
One of the most effective ways to help your body adjust to the changing seasons is through acupuncture. Acupuncture naturally regulates the flow of qi or energy in your body. It can help strengthen your lungs and immune system. It can also help release trapped energy – energy that can lead to pain, depression or lethargy.
If you are curious and would like to learn more about the restorative power of acupuncture book yourself in for a consultation.
Julie Nelson R.TCMP
Cosmetic acupuncture utilizes the healing and balancing wisdom of Chinese Medicine with micro needling to help you look younger and feel healthy.
The micro needles stimulate the body’s collagen production by generating a wound healing response. It also improves micro-circulation or increased blood flow to the skin’s surface. This combined with collagen and elastin formation improve the skin’s texture and time leaving a nice healthy glow.
The acupuncture team at Qi Integrated Health will be presenting and demonstrating the benefits of cupping. You will also receive a 15 minute cupping treatment.
Details: Sunday May 27th 2-4pm
Call 604-742-8383 to register space is limited.