Healthy Stress vs. Unhealthy Stress
Stress is a natural response of the body to the various demands we place on it.  There is a distinction between healthy stress and unhealthy stress.  Healthy stress includes appropriate exercise, eating well, positive thinking, adequate rest, and a natural response to emergency situations.  These stressors keep us alert and motivated, and support our body’s strength and vitality.  Unhealthy stress, such as negative emotions and thinking, overexertion, poor eating habits, lack of sleep, and environmental pollutants all challenge our health and can trigger physical and emotional problems, particularly if experienced over a prolonged period of time.
Naturally, the stress response gave us an advantage edge to either fighting or fleeing a threat, such as a saber toothed tiger, and helped to preserve our life. Unfortunately, modern day stress is not quite as straight-forward.  Today, we don’t have to look much farther than our window, computer screen or television to view various stressors ranging from primetime news, road rage, talk of terrorism to the 40 plus hour work week.  Modern day stress is a unrelenting experience that undermines our mind and body.  

Chronic Stress Leads to What?
Often irritability and moodiness are the consequence of chronic stress in your life. Over time these emotions can progress into more serious emotional conditions such as anxiety and depression as well as other health conditions such as digestive problems, trouble sleeping and the tendency to get sick more frequently. 

Restoring Balance
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine does not recognize any mental disorder as one particular syndrome. Instead, it aims to treat the specific symptoms that are unique to each individual using a variety of techniques such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, bodywork, and lifestyle/dietary recommendations to restore imbalances found in the body. 

Current Research
Current research has shown that the substances released as a result of acupuncture not only relax the whole body, they regulate serotonin in the brain which plays a role in human emotion.  This is why symptoms related to anxiety and depression are often treated with acupuncture.  

Help is Near!
Acupuncture and Oriental medicine have the ability to detect energetic changes that occur in the body and relieve symptoms by restoring equilibrium. The physical and emotional symptoms that you are experiencing will help create a clear picture on which your practitioner can create a treatment plan specifically for you.


Shawna E.M. Snyder graduated with a Masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the New England School of Acupuncture in Boston, MA, a 4-year program.  Shawna is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and is licensed as a Doctor of Acupuncture by the State of Rhode Island through the department of health.

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By Shawna E.M. Snyder, D.Ac., M.A.O.M.
A clinic in Middletown, Rhode Island that offers acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and medical Qigong.
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