Stress Relief

Jennifer knows that in today’s fast-paced world, stress is a condition that can quickly spiral out of control. Often that feeling of anxiety can be so overwhelming it is difficult to believe you can do anything to find respite. Jennifer understands feeling relaxed and rejuvenated is integral to having a positive outlook on life. That’s why she offers a variety of treatments that focus on natural stress and anxiety relief.

The Role of Chinese Medicine in Stress Relief

Stress is a natural reaction in the body to any difficulties or changes that you have to face in life. Feeling stressed can affect your health on a physical, mental and emotional level. In some instances it can be a healthy reaction to experience stress, as it is your body’s way of protecting itself.

21st century living by its nature, creates a lot of undue stress on the mind and body; Jennifer understands today’s society doesn’t actively encourage or educate us on how to release anxiety for optimal health. Stress can also build up in the body over time, and frequently turns into what is considered a chronic condition.

The fast paced, non-stop lifestyle of our society today means that symptoms of stress can become your ‘new normal’ or a default state. When you have a build up of stress it can frequently manifest itself as a health problem or condition.

Some of the symptoms of stress are:

  • Digestive issues
  • Panic attacks
  • Depression
  • High blood pressure
  • Feelings of anxiety
  • Insomnia

Eastern and Western Medicine practices both acknowledge the importance of releasing stress and anxiety to maintain and achieve a better sense of well-being, as well as a healthier sense of self.

Stress typically starts in the central nervous system and the endocrine system. The brain starts to produce hormones including adrenaline which can increase your heart rate, blood pressure and give you more energy. Meanwhile, cortisone elevates sugar in the bloodstream. Western medicine suggests medication, relaxation techniques and exercise can assist with balancing these levels, so your body is no longer in ‘fight or flight’ mode.

Chinese medicine adheres to the philosophy that the body, mind and spirit are all linked. Therefore your emotions and your body must be in alignment for you to feel physically and emotionally well. Jennifer treats stress, emotional fluctuations and balance in unison.

As a highly knowledgeable practitioner of Eastern medicine, Jennifer believes human emotions are closely related to the organs. Feelings of grief and sadness are associated with the lungs, and can affect the movement of ‘Qi’ in the chest, causing it to feel heavy and dense.

Meanwhile the liver, which is associated with anger, has the main function to store blood and maintain the smooth flow of ‘Qi’ throughout the body.

Chinese medicine cites that emotions are stored in the blood, so when turbulent emotions are not able to flow smoothly around the body, they can become stagnated in the liver, causing feelings of stress, depression and anxiety.

By regulating blood flow Jennifer can smooth out the ‘Qi’ and aid release with a unique combination of treatments to improve your feelings of well-being and calm.

Stress Relief and Acupuncture

Acupuncture is considered one of the most important pillars of treatment when reducing stress and anxiety. By using ultrafine needles, Jennifer can bring you a feeling of rejuvenation and revitalization. The process has been shown to be one of the most powerful ways to reduce the effects of stress and activate a response of relaxation in the muscles. Acupuncture stimulates natural endorphins which relieve emotional constraint and boost well-being.

Jennifer uses the process of inserting ultrafine needles into specific points in your body to balance the flow of your energy or life force, known as ‘Qi.’ The practice can re-balance your energy flow.

In Western medicine, practitioners view acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles, and connective tissue. There is also an association that placing pressure on these points can help stimulate natural painkillers in your body or endorphins.

When treating patients with stress related illnesses and conditions, Jennifer finds solutions to easing symptoms including digestive issues, nausea, bloating, constipation and vomiting. Acupuncture is also proven to be powerful at minimizing anxiety attacks, headaches and depression.

Working with you, once Jennifer identifies the root cause of your stress, she develops a specific program of Chinese herbs to work in tandem with your acupuncture. She provides you with a tailored stress management plan that focuses on calming the mind and relaxing the body. Her ultimate goal is for you to leave her practice after an appointment feeling lighter, relaxed, and rejuvenated.

Stress Relief and Cupping

Stress can cause pent-up tension in the muscles of the body and aggravate the nervous system, giving you anxiety. The process of cupping can improve your circulation and relax tight or tense muscles to alleviate pain and mental release. Typically, Jennifer treat patients with cupping for tight muscles and pain in many areas of the body.

When she glides the cups across your skin and places them on specific energy points, your parasympathetic nervous system engages. The process promotes deep relaxation throughout your entire body. The treatment slows your heart rate, calms digestion and may increase intestinal and gland activity.

Jennifer can also perform gentle cupping over the abdomen, which stimulates the insides of your digestive organs. The process can aid peristalsis (contractions that push food through your digestive tract) which clears colon blockages.

If you want to find respite from stomach problems caused by stress, cupping encourages blood and body-fluid to move through your organs bringing a sense of calm and relaxation to your digestive system. Jennifer uses very specific cups to carry out her treatment, which can also assist in reducing the discomfort of myofascial pain and depression. She frequently uses cupping alongside acupuncture and moxibustion to provide a holistic approach to reducing stress and promoting anxiety management.

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Top Acupuncture Specialist

Michelle | Verified Patient

“Jennifer is a connected and intuitive healer. Her receptivity and ability to access her vast knowledge allows her to assess my symptoms relative to each other and to my being as a whole. My Sessions with her have been more beneficial than many other therapies I have tried and I am eternally grateful that I found her.”

Charles W. | Verified Patient

Jennifer Ryan is getting me better fast!!!...Just finished session 7 with significant improvement with lower back and sciatica issues.

Walking upright again. And the pain reduction is significant.

Would highly recommend.

Fatima R. | Verified Patient

I love seeing Jennifer! She really cares and does an amazing job making me feel better every time I go in. I feel rejuvenated and she's also been helping me with my pesky migraines. It's a convenient location with parking too!

Sam H. | Verified Patient

Jennifer is amazing! When it comes to acupuncture you can't just go anywhere. Jennifer listens to your concerns and treats them appropriately. I swear by acupuncture because it has cured my back pain. She is a great person and I highly recommend her to anyone in need of treatment.

Ashlie J. | Verified Patient

Jennifer has been a major part of my health regime for years. I leave my visits with her feeling so much better every time. She is very knowledgeable about her craft and overall holistic treatments. Beyond providing traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, she's skilled in aroma and crystal therapy. She's helped me balance my hormones and treat my anxiety. I always know I'm in the right hands when I pay her a visit -- she's incredibly personable and easy on the touch.

Simona H. | Verified Patient

I have been going to Jenn for several months now, and can honestly say she has helped change my life. She is hands down incredible at what she does. I went in with things like anxiety, stress, stagnation, IBS, hair loss, etc. you name it I had it... Week by week we work together to slowly but surely work on these health issues, and I can absolutely say that her acupuncture techniques, cupping, and holistic advice for my life have made me a healthier/happier person! Even my friends and family have noticed my health turning around :)

Diana H. | Verified Patient

Jennifer Ryan is an expert practitioner who is well-versed within her craft.  Her professionalism far exceeds her ability to care and treat any issue or ailment with her eloquence and finesse.  She takes the time and patience to understand my way of well-being.  As a Registered Nurse, Jennifer Ryan will always be my beloved practitioner.  I look forward to what she continues to offer with her expertise.

J.F. | Verified Patient

I cannot say enough positive things about Jennifer and her healing work. A few years ago, after only two acupuncture treatments,  I could open my jaw pain free - this was astonishing after three months of physical therapy treatments which did not help the issue. I had tried other acupuncturists but never saw such tangible results.

Krysten J. | Verified Patient

went for the first time here- to Jen for acupuncture. I've never had it done before so I was really nervous but she is very comforting and so knowledgeable it made it all good! Really loved the experience and highly recommend if you've always wanted to try but never have- go to her!


Jennifer Ryan, LAc

12061A Jefferson Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90230
(424) 280-6730
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