Are you on Birth Control Pills (BCPs)? It’s more than likely you are since they are given out like skittles for whatever ails a woman. Menstrual cramps? PMS symptoms? acne? contraception? We’ve got the pill for that! That should be red flag #1. A pill for everything? If you are experiencing PMS symptoms, menstrual cramps or acne, it is an indication that the endocrine system needs recalibration, not suppression.
Stressed? You’re not alone. Many of us are spending our days high on cortisol, the primary stress hormone. High levels of cortisol in the bloodstream interfere with the proper functioning of our other hormones which help regulate appetite, sleep, sex drive, energy, and mental clarity, among other functions. Cortisol is not the enemy, it is a vital hormone in our physiology. A surge of cortisol, triggered by the sympathetic nervous system, enables us to flee or fight an impending threat. It stimulates the body to make energy readily available to use for this function. Ideally, in the absence of a threat, we should revert to our “rest and digest” functions of the parasympathetic nervous system. However, many of us are stuck in sympathetic dominance, stimulating the continuous and unremitting deluge of cortisol.
“Does Acupuncture Work?”
Whether I’m at a cocktail party or conversing with a stranger on a plane, I hear this question all the time. My answer is a resounding “Yes!” with over 3000 years of anecdotal evidence and over 30 years of rigorous scientific evidence to support it. Still skeptical? Ask around! Chances are, if you ask anyone who has received acupuncture for any number of conditions, they have found it effective. Once you’ve tried it, I’m confident you will become a believer too. But the good news is you don’t even have to be a believer for it to work, because the secret to its effectiveness isn’t in the placebo effect, it’s in our physiology and anatomy! The body is the most sophisticated technology we will ever know, yet it is also the most under-appreciated and underutilized.