Are you a male weekend warrior or post menopausal woman? Do you find yourself short on sleep? Perhaps you are experiencing stress from time management issues. Are you experiencing difficulty in finding the balance between work, family, and time for exercise and social contact? Do you enjoy your steaks, cheese, and desserts? Do you find your self relying on alcohol in the evening to unwind?
Current medical research from the University of Maryland Medical Center shows that chronic stress can increase your risk for Heart Disease. We now know that heart disease is higher in males and post menopausal women. The important factor to remember is that the development of heart disease does not need to wait until you reach retirement age.
We know that stress can affect your sleep habits, your emotional well being and your alcohol intake. Perhaps your blood pressure and your cholesterol levels are slowing creeping up. If you have a family history of heart disease, stroke, arterial disease, or elevated homocysteine level, your risk increases regardless of your age.
According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, "Chronic stress can cause direct physiological changes that promote atherosclerosis, the slow build up of plaque deposits in the heart's arteries. Relatively minor stresses also can trigger heart problems, such as myocardial ischemia. This is a condition in which the heart doesn't get enough blood or oxygen. Chronic stress can also affect how the blood clots. It can make the blood stickier and increase your risk of stroke."
Here at ilumina, we treat patients daily for many varied symptoms and complaints. We find that all our patients share one common symptom and that is stress. Because acupuncture relieves stress, we find it helps with treatments for insomnia, high blood pressure, depression, smoking, reduce alcohol consumption, and lower cholesterol.
For more information, read the Huffington Post article "Acupuncture Relieves Stress: New Understanding Of Why The Ancient Practice Eases Anxiety"