It is an excellent treatment for everyday stress and anxiety. The aim is to adjust the level of Cortisol in the body. Cortisol is a hormone, which is mainly released at times of stress and has many important functions in your body. Having the right cortisol balance is essential for human health and you can have problems if your adrenal gland releases too much or too little cortisol.
What is cortisol?
Cortisol is a steroid hormone that is produced by the adrenal glands which sit on top of each kidney. When released into the bloodstream, cortisol can act on many different parts of the body and can help:
- your body respond to stress or danger
- increase your body’s metabolism of glucose
- control your blood pressure
- reduce inflammation.
Cortisol is also needed for the fight or flight response which is a healthy, natural response to perceived threats. The amount of cortisol produced is highly regulated by your body to ensure the balance is correct.
What triggers the adrenal glands to produce cortisol?
Cortisol production by the adrenal glands is regulated by the pituitary gland. The pituitary is a pea-sized gland at the base of the brain that is sometimes referred to as the “master gland” because of its wider effects on the body.
When you wake up, exercise or you’re facing a stressful event, your pituitary gland reacts. It sends a signal to the adrenal glands to produce just the right quantity of cortisol.
What happens when you produce too much or little cortisol?
Your body usually produces the right amount of cortisol.
Symptoms of too much cortisol include:
- weight gain, particularly around the abdomen and face
- thin and fragile skin that is slow to heal
- for women, facial hair and irregular menstrual periods.
Symptoms of not enough cortisol include:
- continual tiredness
- nausea and vomiting
- weight loss
- muscle weakness
- pain in the abdomen.
If you experience any of these symptoms, your doctor may suggest you have a blood test to measure your cortisol levels.
What happens at a EAR acupuncture treatment?At your first treatment a full assessment of your conditions will be carried out and details of your medical history will be taken. Following your assessment very fine, specialised and disposable acupuncture needles are inserted into specific points in each ear. Needles are kept in place for 20-30 minutes whilst you relax. The needles are then removed and you may be given other information and advice to follow between treatments.
How many acupuncture treatments will I need?
Ear Acupuncture is a very effective as a single treatment to help with specific stressful situations, for example exam nerves, performance anxiety. For treating on-going stress and anxiety more treatments are usually required. The treatment is easy, quick and effective and free from side effects. Treatment sessions last approximately 1 hour. For best results the average number of sessions required is between 4 and 6, some chronic conditions may require more treatments.
Does it hurt?
The majority of people don’t feel any pain whatsoever and often don’t realise the needles have been inserted. You may occasionally feel a slight sting when the needles are inserted into the acupuncture points.
Is there any reason I can’t have an Ear acupuncture treatment?
There are very few situations where acupuncture might not be recommended, these are the main ones to bear in mind:
- Drug/Alcohol use in last 24 hours.
- Skin disorder of the ear(s).
I’m interested in having an acupuncture treatment and think it might be able to help me. How can I find out more?
I offer everyone a free 30-minute initial consultation that will enable you to ask any questions you may have and to meet me and know that you’ll feel comfortable working with me. It also gives me the opportunity to find out more about you and be in a better position to advise you the best way forward. I’ll give you a clearer idea of what to expect and what how many treatments you may require to help you achieve the results you’re looking for. It’s very relaxed and informal and there’s no obligation to make another appointment.
You can contact me using the contact form and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
|For one person||60 minutes||£35.00|
|For two people||60 minutes||£50.00|
|For three people||60 minutes||£60.00|