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Dao Clinic - Rabbit looking at a cat and managing his stress


Stress is a mental, emotional, or physiological response to challenging or demanding situations. It arises when a person perceives a threat or imbalance, causing the body to release stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. While short-term stress can be beneficial for motivation and adaptation, chronic stress can lead to physical and psychological health problems, such as headaches, insomnia, anxiety, and depression.

In Chinese medicine, stress is seen as an imbalance in the body's energy, or "Qi," which can cause stagnation or obstruction in the energy pathways called "meridians."

Stress might be a symptom of a weakness in one of the organs, Qi, or blood. For example, the liver is responsible for the smooth flow of Qi, and an imbalance in liver function can cause stress. Similarly, deficiencies in the Qi or blood can also contribute to stress and exacerbate its symptoms.

To address stress and its underlying causes, Chinese medicine practitioners employ a holistic approach that includes:

  1. Acupuncture: By stimulating specific points along the meridians, acupuncture helps regulate and balance the flow of Qi, alleviating stress and promoting relaxation.

  2. Herbal remedies: Tailored Chinese herbal formulas can nourish and strengthen the organs, Qi, and blood, addressing the root causes of stress.

  3. Tui Na massage: This therapeutic massage technique stimulates acupressure points and meridians, encouraging the flow of Qi and relieving stress.

  4. Qi Gong and Tai Chi: These gentle exercises combine movement, meditation, and breath control to enhance the flow of Qi, promoting relaxation and stress reduction.

  5. Dietary therapy: A balanced diet, based on individual needs, supports the organs, Qi, and blood, helping to prevent or alleviate stress.

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