What stress is?

Stress is a body response to a wide range of internal and external stimuli.

Therefore, is a vital reaction of our organism to cope with everything around us, this involve our emotions as well.

When does the stress become a problem?

Depending on how powerful the stressor is (stimulus which cause the stress) and how long the stress reaction will last.

Can we draw a target level for everyone?

No, we can’t, each one of us depending on inherits and acquired amount of adaption energy can have a higher or lower level of adaption to the stress.


The scientist Hans Selye was the first person to describe GAS, which is a three-stage process that the body goes through when it is exposed to stress.

1)ALARM REACTION:  Through the activation of the sympathetic system and the release of stress hormone such as Cortisol and Adrenalin, this reaction prepares a person to respond to the stressor they are experiencing. This is often known as a “fight or flight” response.


2) RESISTANCE STAGE: The resistance stage appears when the body is exposed to the stress for a longer amount of time. The body try to counteract activating the parasympathetic system and trying to adapt to the stressful condition.

3)EXHAUSTION STAGE: In the case of very prolonged exposure to these stressors, the system is no longer able to face them. There will be an exhaustion of the nervous energy reserve.

Symptoms of the Exhaustion stage:

Physical and mental symptoms of exhaustion during a minimum of two week

  • Markedly lack of mental energy, which is manifested by reduced initiative, reduced endurance, or prolonged recovery time after mental strain
  • Body tension and or pain
  • Concentration difficulties or memory problems
  • Markedly reduced ability to manage demands or to perform under time pressure
  • Emotional instability or irritability
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Marked physical weakness or fatigue
  • Physical symptoms such as pain, chest pain, palpitations, gastrointestinal symptoms, dizziness, or sensitivity to sound

The symptoms cause clinically significant suffering or reduced ability to function at work, socially, or in other important situations.

The symptoms are not related to direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g. drug abuse, medication) or somatic disease/injury (e.g. hypothyroidism, diabetes, infectious disease).

Presence of Anxiety/Depressive disorders and High susceptibility to infection.

All the 3 stages are usually reversible if sustained for a short period of time, which as stated above can largely vary between individuals.

More information can be found here

What can we do?

The best advice is to understand which our stress target is point, planning our day-life and our projects in order to do not overstress our body system or anyway to do not do overtime.

At 5 STAR CLINIC we use Rééquilibration Fonctionnelle, a method developed from Roland Solère, which consider the different levels of compensation in the organism, drawing a tailored acupuncture treatment to help the homeostasis.

The treatment is reproducible which means, that will work every time that are present the conditions to be included in the treatment.


Adamsson A. and Bernhardsson S., (2018),Symptoms that may be stress-related and lead to exhaustion disorder: a retrospective medical chart review in Swedish primary care

doi: 10.1186/s12875-018-0858-7



SELYE H. (1946). THE GENERAL ADAPTATION SYNDROME AND THE DISEASES OF ADAPTATION1. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 6(2), 117–230.