Every life includes stress, and in some cases it can be beneficial. The stress of a deadline can increase productivity or performance, for example.
But when stress is chronic or unmanaged, it can lead to aches, pains, loss of sleep, anxiety or depression, a depressed immune system, hypertension, unexplained infertility, as well as many other symptoms. It can play a major role in triggering, exacerbating or even being a variable in a variety of serious diseases and disorders.
And symptoms if they worsen can create even more stress – continuing a cycle that affects your quality of life.
You can’t always remove what causes stress in your life. But by pinpointing the causes of stress, our integrative medicine physicians and licensed acupuncturists can develop an individualized treatment to help eliminate and manage the effects that stress has on your health and well-being.
This free, online live chat with Brenda Powell, MD, and Jamie Starkey, LAc, from Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative Medicine, will answer your questions about the role that stress plays in your health, how stress looks and feels, what might contribute to or worsen stress, and how stress affects your well-being. They also will discuss integrative medicine options that can improve your overall well-being.
Dr. Powell will talk about the benefits of consulting with a physician trained in integrative medicine and how the physician would review lifestyle activities that add to stress and provide an individual plan for improving health through diet, improved sleep, and possible need for supplements.
Ms. Starkey will address the benefits of acupuncture: Decrease in irritability; better coping skills; decrease in stress eating and junk food cravings; improved sleep; and avoiding unwanted side effects of medications. She also will discuss the advantage of a multi-disciplinary approach to stress management and how acupuncture can be incorporated into conventional treatment plans.
About the speakers:
Brenda Powell, MD, is Staff at Cleveland Clinic in the Center for Integrative Medicine and Associate Clinical Staff at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She received her medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine in 1988 and completed her residency training in family medicine at Duke University Medical Center in 1991. She completed the Harvard Macy Physician as Teacher Fellowship at the Harvard School of Education in 1999. She was certified in travel medicine through the International Society of Travel Medicine in 2007.
Jamie Starkey, LAc, Lead Acupuncturist, has a Bachelor’s in Biology from the University of Toledo and a Master’s level acupuncture from the American Institute of Alternative Medicine. She spent a clinical internship at the Guang AnMen Hospital Beijing China (Acupuncture and Moxibustion Outpatient Department). She also has earned a Diploma of Acupuncture from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), and has an Acupuncture License from the Ohio State Medical Board.