by Dr. Lee Medina, D.O.M.
No one is immune to anxiety. It shows up in different ways for people, but one thing is common…it can be debilitating. If anxiety is present in your life, working with Dr. Lee Medina can help. In Oriental medicine, anxiety is treated by balancing the body’s natural meridians or channels and finding the root causes.
Ask yourself these questions:
- Does the anxiety I feel keep me from fulfilling my goals?
- Am I living my life based on how I am feeling from day to day?
- Does it keep me from enjoying the people around me?
- Do I have recurring or consistent physical symptoms that cause me distress (e.g. gut/stomach pain, insomnia, chest tightness)?
If you answered ‘yes’ to several of these questions, then consider taking control of your anxiety instead of it controlling you. The key is to help your body and mind recognize when you are in ‘fight or flight’ mode. Fight or flight mode causes your Sympathetic Nervous system (SNS) to activate. When we are stressed, the SNS is activated, digestion stops, the vital organs do not function well, and respiration will increase. This contributes to the anxious feeling that you may have – and unfortunately, this is where most of us live. That “feeling” is your body and mind telling you that something is NOT right within your being. This can make you feel like you are out of control, fearful or angry. The way to balance this is to learn how to spend more time in the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) state – which is our rest and restore system/peace state. Mediation, breathing exercises, Oriental and Energy medicine can help bring you and your nervous system to a peaceful and restorative place.
Recent evidence has been published about another aspect of our Central and Autonomic Nervous System called the Enteric system, or “gut instinct” system. The core center of our body is where the Enteric system lives. This system aids in the inner awareness of whether we are digesting our life (food) and function of intestinal and excretion systems. The Enteric system is affected by anxiety and other emotional responses, causing you to have mental and stomach upset, lack of or increase in appetite, cravings of sugars or salt and constipation. This is yet another way that your body is telling you that you are in a state of disharmony. Maintaining your gut health is key to your overall wellness.
We live in a stressful world, and it is hard to escape the ups and downs of life. If your body is under constant stress, this will increase your anxiety level and physical pain. Learning how to reduce the causes and sources of stress are important. This will help you feel better and enable you to enjoy life. Each treatment will help you cope with your response to stress and aid in self-empowerment. This will establish simple mindset patterning and create better choices in your daily life. You will learn that with proper care and support, YOU can heal your body. Including Dr. Lee as part of your wellness team will insure that you have the support that you need to manage your sources of stress and anxiety.