Stress Management

Reproductive Acupuncture

Stress exists in most of our lives, and most especially in our reproductive lives. Stress is one of the greatest strains on our reproductive systems, especially once there has been a diagnosis of "infertility". It is very stressful for a couple to experience such a great unfulfilled desire, and this stress tends to be perpetuating and further taxing to the body, mind and spirit unless it is directly and effectively addressed. It is, of course, multidimensional to address, reduce and treat stress, with techniques involving lifestyle modifications and therapeutic intervention. Acupuncture is a powerful intervention and treatment for stress and Dr. Mudrak is recognized by her colleagues for her expertise in the treatment of stress with acupuncture and herbs, and she presents at medical conferences on the subjectof reducing stress using acupuncture and herbs.

How does acupuncture work to reduce stress?

Acupuncture is well known for its ability to reduce stress and pain. Stress reduction is achieved with acupuncture because acupuncture effectively turns on the parasympathetic system which promotes the digestive, reproductive and endocrine systems. The shift to the parasympathetic mode produces a state of calm or relaxation. Specifically, the parasympathetic system regulates the cholinergic system and secretes neurotransmitters such as acetylcholine, which decrease blood pressure, heart and respiratory rate, constricts the pupils and relaxes the muscle tension. These are the very biomarkers signifying a reduction in stress

Why should you care about stress?

Stress accounts for 75-90% of all visits for primary healthcare in the U.S. (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)

Almost all illness is stress-related:

  • caused by stress
  • aggravated by stress, or,
  • a cause of stress

What are signs of stress?

Anxiety, back pain, constipation, diarrhea, depression, exhaustion, fatigue, frequent colds and flus, headache, high blood pressure, insomnia (disturbed sleep), irregular menstrual cycles, relationship problems, shortness of breath, stiff neck, upset stomach, weight gain, weight loss, worry, etc.

What are some causes of stress?

Stressors are all around us. They can be psychological, physical, environmental, metabolic, chemical, emotional or situational. They can be acute or chronic, severe or mild. It can present in different patterns: overworked, tired, anxious, inflexible, hot, cold, depleted, immune challenged, sleep or mood disturbed.

How can you change your stress response?

Dr. Mudrak can help identify the nature and characteristics of your stress and present a treatment protocol to help you have a response that is calm, caring, thoughtful and fruitful.