ACUPUNCTURE IS BY FAR THE BEST TREATMENT FOR STRESS REDUCTION! Find out how reducing stress can lead to weight loss in this compelling article about Acupuncture by Dr. Teresa Rispoli, LAc., PhD.

Lets face it we live in a fast paced society full of stressors. We barely have time for ourselves. And although you have tried dieting and exercise you are fustrated because no matter what you do you can't lose weight, sound familiar? More and more people are coming to me frustrated because they have been killing themselves with exercise in an effort to lose weight, but to no avail. They tell me they hardly eat anything and that they eat healthy foods, exercise regularly but can't lose weight. They are frustrated , I've been right up there with them in my own weight loss endeavors and that is why I have done my research and found that chronic stress is a the root of the problem.

Key Points You Should Know:

Chronic stress elevates cortisol which is an adrenal hormone. Elevated cortisol leads to insulin resistance and insulin is a fat storage hormone, thus increased hunger, elevated insulin leads to fat storage. Elevated cortisol makes you store fat around the belly. When you have elevated cortisol at night it causes insomnia (difficulty falling or staying asleep). Balancing cortisol will help you sleep better, have less hunger and lose weight, bottom line!

Reducing your stress load will help you take control of your life again. I have found nothing can compare to Acupuncture for stress reduction. Acupuncture is a powerful treatment for stress reduction because during the acupuncture treatment pain modulators and endorphins (the feel good hormones) are released, reducing cortisol and promoting a strong sense of relaxation and peace of mind. There is nothing more effective for stress reduction than acupuncture. I recommend acupuncture for stress reduction once or twice weekly for two to three months. So be sure to schedule your treatments soon.

Often when I ask my patients if they have stress in their lives they usually reply with "who doesn't" but then ask me, "What does stress have to do with weight gain?"

My reply is ALOT. Stress effects your adrenal hormones, especially cortisol. When your adrenal glands are overburdened many things happen. First of all, your body will not be able to eliminate heavy metals and toxins. Toxins are stored in the fat cells. The fat cells become enlarged and engorged with toxins making you tired, sluggish and depressed. The Adrenal glands regulate not only blood sugar, but sex hormones. It is the Adrenal glands that kick in when our sex hormones start to wind down. Having strong adrenals can make the difference in reduced symptoms during PMS, pre-menopausal or menopausal times. They actually produce sex hormones when you body slows down. Are you starting to get the picture?

The good news is that I can test your Adrenals, discover how serious the problem is and design a custom nutritional recovery program that will restore your adrenals to function properly, and at the same time address the weight issues. Your energy, sexual desire and sleep will return and weight will fall off without too much effort.

If you think that stress might be a contributing factor to your weight issues, then what are you waiting for? Schedule an Acupuncture treatment to reduce your cortisol levels and a Nutritional Consultation, get your adrenals tested and take control of your life back!

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Chronic stress is at the center of adrenal fatigue and adrenal fatigue is at the root of most disease development because your adrenal glands control your entire body. They regulate sleep wake cycles, inflammatory response, digestion, cardiovascular health, neurological balance, electrolyte balance, blood sugar usage, production of sex hormones, and adrenal hormones. They help your body adapt to stressful situations rapidly. So when you are exposed to chronic stress, all of the above mentioned biological functions will be impacted and over time result in progressing symptoms of disease.

This adaptation to chronic stress results in changes to your chemistry ranging from a mild headache to weight gain to cancer!


Insomnia (falling asleep or staying asleep)
Fatigue upon waking
Afternoon fatigue (between to 4 p.m.)
Surges of energy around 6 p.m.
Muscular weakness
Lack of energy
Feel overwhelmed or exhausted
Frequent sighing
Cravings for salty and high fat foods or sugar cravings
Increased allergies
Light-headedness upon waking
Decreased libido
Hot flashes
Increased PMS or menopausal symptoms
Frequent headaches
Inability to lose weight
Frequent sickness- sore throats, colds, flu
IBS/Digestive issues

I bet if you said yes to any of the above you probably think you need hormones. Well bio-identical hormones are not the answer. You see your adrenal glands are responsible for regulating hormones in your endocrine system. That means all the hormones. And the body runs its endocrine system via a negative feedback loop. When one signal if off, it will affect all the other hormones being released. While the primary hormones released from the adrenals are norepinephrine, epinephrine, cortisol, aldosterone, and dopamine, the adrenal also produce sex hormones progesterone, testosterone, and DHEA. When the body is under chronic stress it uses up specific vitamins, minerals, and amino acids needed to support each and every body function, eventually these hormones become imbalanced in order to save the body from the stressful "threat."

Your Body's Response to a Charging Wolf- Think of it this way. In the instant you perceive a threat you decide to run, at this moment your entire body changes its biochemistry. Your adrenal glands release epinephrine, norepinephrine, and cortisol in response to stress, which gives you the feeling of an adrenaline rush. Your heart rate increases, helping your eyes focus as your body anticipates running. Your body then begins raising your blood sugar by converting stored energy into glucose so you can run. This conversion requires help from your liver, so it stops detoxification to help with the acute threat. The norepinephrine raises your blood pressure by constricting your blood vessels so you can access your muscles to run. Your GI system slows and blood leaves that area so it can be utilized elsewhere and food stagnates. In fact by the time you stop running you forget how you got there or what you saw along the way. So now you can begin to appreciate how intricate the adrenal response is at regulating all areas of the body.

Hormone Imbalances Caused By Stress Effect Your Body's Functions- Cortisol is a hormone released by your adrenals during stressful times, it impacts how your body converts fats, proteins, and carbohydrates into energy. It regulates blood pressure and cardiovascular function and your sleep wake cycle. The release of cortisol wakes you up in the morning. So it should be highest in the morning and lowest before sleep. If you are having insomnia your cortisol is most likely elevated in the evening,(not a good sign). If you are having difficulty waking then your cortisol is to low in the am indicating severe adrenal fatigue. When your cortisol in high at night it spikes insulin and insulin is a fat storage hormone which causes weight gain around the waistline. Cortisol also promotes inflammation and lowers blood calcium levels, affecting bone health. Aldosterone on the other hand helps maintain your body's mineral balance via sodium and potassium, and adjusts your blood pressure according to the situation. When elevated, aldosterone will excrete potassium into your urine and increase sodium levels in your blood, resulting in high blood pressure from sodium retention and muscle weakness from low potassium. Sex hormones are also produced by the adrenal glands. Chronic stress causes hormone imbalances in progesterone and testosterone because they are highly regulated by your adrenal glands. Deficient levels of progesterone and testosterone can lead to estrogen dominance, which can cause uterine fibroids, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome and estrogen-fueled-cancers. Chronically elevated norepinephrine is a possible cause of numerous diseases, such as lupus, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, atrial fibrillation, and macular degeneration. Your brain and how it functions are highly dependent on the proper balance between excitatory and calming neurotransmitters, which also require the proper balance of vitamins, amino acids and minerals.

When people come to me with some of the above symptoms I usually test their adrenals and neurotransmitters so I can determine what stage of adrenal fatigue they are in. There are three stages. The The New Adrenal Stress Index accurately measures unbound levels of both cortisol and DHEA, and provides a complete circadian analysis of cortisol activity. Imbalances of which are associated with ailments ranging from obesity and menstrual disorders to immune deficiency and increased risk of cardiovascular disease as well as fatigue and insomnia as mentioned before. Then there is the HPA Adrenal/Neurotransmitter test. HPA Profile: Provides measurement of 6 primary urinary neurotransmitters: Serotonin, GABA, Glutamate, Dopamine, Norepinephrine, Epinephrine. Salivary Adrenal Hormones are also measured: 4 timed Cortisols and 2 DHEAs. This test is helpful with those experiencing, anxiety, depression, poor focus, as well a adrenal symptoms.

At this point I recommend Acupuncture for stress reduction once or twice weekly for two to three months. Acupuncture is a powerful treatment for stress reduction because during the acupuncture treatment pain modulators and endorphins are released, reducing cortisol and promoting a strong sense of relaxation. There is nothing more effective for stress reduction than acupuncture. Click here to schedule your treatments today.

Once I know what stage of adrenal fatigue you are in we can begin the road to recovery. If you imagine your body as an onion, with a core and multiple layers, it is imperative that each layer be addressed individually and in the right order. Typically, a patient will present with a primary symptom, such as insomnia and weight gain around the middle. By starting with that layer and supporting the adrenal glands while addressing the insomnia and weight issues, we can begin to peel away the layers. Once the insomnia is resolved , another "layer" may flare up, and at that point it must be addressed. If the adrenal glands are treated throughout the process "peeling of the onion," we will eventually reach the core. The result is that you weight will melt off.

Your symptoms are a guide to the core reason why you feel out of balance. Don't ignore them! We carry in stock specific formulas to address each stage of adrenal fatigue as well as key issues like insomnia, poor focus, mood swings, hot flashes, weight gain. Let a trained professional guide you and take the guess work and added expense out of your road to recovery.

Dr. Rispoli is a Licensed Acupuncturist graduate from Emperors College of Oriental Medicine. Her expertise includes acupuncture orthopedic pain management, treating a variety of conditions by utilizing the the ancient knowledge behind Acupuncture. She may combine acupuncture with fire cupping, or microcurrent for pain management.

Dr. Rispoli believes that the combination of principals from various schools of thought and natural, holistic healing using safe modalities are the keys to successful treatment and prevention of illness.

Schedule your Wellness Consultation today with Dr. Rispoli

Yours For Inner Health and Outer Beauty,

Teresa Rispoli, Ph.D., L.Ac.
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