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What is it?:

Stress is a psychological and physical response to the demands of daily life that exceed a person’s ability to cope successfully.

Anxiety disorders are conditions that cause a person to feel frightened and apprehensive for no apparent reason.

Stress and anxiety that is not resolved can lead to a variety of psycho-emotional conditions as well as a number of adverse physical changes. These two conditions are the most common mental disorders in the US.

There are five types of anxiety disorders:

Panic disorder- with panic attacks. Symptoms include heart palpitations, sweating palms, chest pains, shortness of breath, and terror.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder- symptoms including anxious thoughts and uncontrollable ritualistic behavior.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder- this is a severe anxiety which is linked to a traumatic life event

Phobias- irrational fears of specific situations or things

Generalized Anxiety Disorder – Imagine all the little worries in your life about paying bills, your health, family issues, your job, etc. Crank up the worry by about a factor of 10, and it never goes away.

Symptom categories:

While the mental component is certainly the root issue, there are some common areas that are effected.

Respiratory issues

Gastrointestinal and digestive


Fertility Issues

Lowered immune response

What can Traditional Chinese Medicine do to treat this?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can work on many of these categories of symptoms to address the over arching issue but specifics will have to be established on individual cases. However TCM can

Improve your respiration

Restore homeostasis for immune response and other symptoms

Improve digestion

What can I do?

  1. Breathing exercises. I would want to know at least some of your symptoms first before prescribing a specific qi gong exercise but I believe it should help. The practice of consciously doing something that your body does automatically is theorized to carry over into other areas. Thus by consciously directing your breathing, which is something your body does automatically, you can learn to control your emotions, which also happen automatically. Contact me at invigorating.qi@gmail.com for more information. Meditation in general should also help.

  1. Take Omega 3 fish oil. There are elements in the bio chemistry of this product that act as regulating agents on the nervous system.

  1. Oxygen therapy may be a route to explore.

  1. Limit your exposures to chemicals and pollutants. While many of us have to live with oil and natural gas and other toxins/pollutants there are some we can avoid. Panic disorders are twice as likely to occur in women and it is my opinion that this statistic is linked at least in part to the amount and type of cosmetics that are used. Make up and lipstick tend to have heavy metals in them, and the chemicals in the various hair dyes and bleaches are not healthy either. The olfactory nerve is the only nerve in the body that is exposed. When you inhale something the information goes into the brain and travels past centers for pain recognition, emotional response, and memory. The chemicals of the cosmetic products, which a person would smell as they are applying them, travel up this path. For ideas on safer alternatives please see this link: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

  1. Vitamin C, blueberries, green tea, and other anti oxidants will help to remove free radicals which can cause cellular damage and exacerbate existing issues.

  1. Glutathione will help to improve mental clarity and Magnesium will also be helpful in conjunction with Omega 3 fish oil for calming the nervous system.

  1. Eat healthy. A good diet will make you more tolerant of stress levels.

  1. Exercise and or Sauna. If there is a chemical component that is either causing this or keeping it from resolving, sweating will help to remove it.

  1. Identify if there is anything specific that cases you undesired stress. Work to adapt or avoid these issues.

Aside from an acupuncturist who can I talk to?:

      1. A psychologist, counselor, hypnotherapist, or psychiatrist would be a step in the right direction for addressing any behavioral aspects of this condition. An energy worker may also be a good idea.

      1. Someone who does therapeutic yoga/exercise. If they are a personal trainer and have access to a sauna or a steam room all the better.

      1. A nutritionist to help with getting a healthy diet.

      1. A reflexologist. While it is possible that you may need allergy testing for various foods and chemicals, if you are not that severe you may just need a ballpark idea of what you can and cannot expose yourself to.

Some Notes:

First and foremost please remember that, while I am a talented practitioner of TCM I still recommend that you see a psychologist or counselor before consulting with me.

Secondly, please note that some doctors believe this condition to have a genetic predisposition. Realize that a genetic predisposition means that, while it may be easier for you to develop this condition it will only occur if something triggers it. Beyond this if the trigger is removed the condition may be reversed or mitigated. When people talk about genetics they believe that is the end all, it is not. Think of it like this, Native Americans are genetically predisposed to become an alcoholic. If they never touch alcohol, they still have the predisposition, but are not an alcoholic, same as if they did drink heavily for awhile and then have been sober ever since. Your genetics may give you certain traits or tendencies, but your choices are what determine who you are and play a larger role in your health than your genetics.

To make a further point if you and your parents live in the same environment, eat the same foods, have the same activities, do the same job, and share the same genetics, well how many variables are there besides genetics?


Disease Prevention and Treatment Expanded Third Edition from Life Extension Foundation.






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