We’re excited welcome Dr. Amanda Perizzolo as our first “Friends of Britt Land” guest contributor! Dr. Amanda is a licensed doctor of traditional Chinese medicine, a registered acupuncturist, and is certified in acutonics and personal training.
WHAT IS STRESS
Everyone has stress in their life, whether it is good stress or bad stress. So what exactly is stress? Stress is the brains response to different situations or stimuli. This can be situational, environmental or psychological. The difference between good stress and bad stress is whether or not our body is being tricked into the fight or flight response we innately have. In cases of emergency our bodies prepare for battle… Heart rate and breathing increase, our muscles tense, our immunity is temporarily increased and our brain uses more oxygen in order to save us from whatever the fight may be. But what if our bodies are constantly eliciting this fight or flight response when it isn’t needed? It can take quite a toll on our health…
Stress affects our bodies by depleting our energy and our health. Many people start to show symptoms that they are unaware are caused by stress. These symptoms range from headaches, jaw pain, muscle tension, anxiety, weight gain and irritability. Stress is even proven to cause more serious issues such as digestive, reproductive and even heart diseases.
So what can we do to destress? Traditional Chinese Medicine offers a myriad of solutions to help you cope…
HOW CAN TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE
Acupuncture consists of the use of ultra-fine needles penetrating specific locations on the skin called acupuncture points. These points stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal by eliciting different responses in the brain such as releasing endorphins which are chemicals in the brain that produce a feeling of well- being and even euphoria. It also releases another neurotransmitter in the brain called serotonin which is related to mood, sexual desire and function, appetite, sleep and even memory and learning. People that suffer from low levels of serotonin are more prone to depression, anxiety, and may even anger easily.
Acupressure for Stress- Massage these points!
This point is great for calming nerves, anxiety & stress. It even helps with headaches and nasal congestion.
These four points located at the top of your head are known for calming the spirit and assisting with depression and insomnia.
TCM views your body as a whole and provides each patient with a diagnosis specific to their body and its symptoms. We then treat not only the symptom(s) but also the root of the problem. We tailor a treatment plan specific to the individual whether it is by using acupuncture, dietary therapy, herbal prescriptions or cupping therapy.
Foods to Include in Your Diet
Eat berries- especially Goji Berries, they are high in antioxidants
which help fight disease.
Cashews- They are high in zinc which moderates the brain’s response to stress, depression, learning and memory.
Replace that coffee with green tea- it has L Theonine which induces a
relaxing effect on the body.
Limit your intake of alcohol and spicy foods as they can make symptoms worse.
In addition to Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments there are a few small steps you can take to manage stress -create balance in your life. Put the electronics away and get exercising, pick up a book (I highly recommend The Buddha Walks Into A Bar), spend time with your loved ones and eat healthy.
If you’re interested in getting in touch with Dr. Amanda Perizzolo, TCMD, R.Ac she can be reached at:
116 – 414 3rd St SW
Calgary, AB T2P 1R2