Overall health and wellbeing encompass much more than just physical health. Licensed Acupuncturist and Healthy Lombard Board Member, Jenn McGrath, thoroughly understands how physical, mental and emotional wellbeing are all connected and practices a holistic approach when treating her patients at the Points to Wellness in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois.
To describe how emotional and physical health are connected, Jenn gives the example of grief. Grief is known to negatively affect many areas of the body. Grief can cause digestive disturbances such as constipation, diarrhea, flare-ups of colitis and nausea. Grief can also cause immune stress, anxiety, insomnia, weight gain/loss or even impaired driving ability due to lack of focus.
When taking a patient’s health history, Jenn engages with the patient to better understand their emotional and mental state in addition to physical conditions. This includes discovering what brings them joy and makes them happy. Based on her patient’s interests, Jenn encourages spending time with loved ones, singing/playing an instrument, outdoor activities such as taking time to build a snowman with their child or taking a 30 minutes walk with a friend.
Jenn often incorporates time in nature into her treatment plans as promoted by the Conservation Foundation in Naperville, IL whose mission includes improving the health of our communities by preserving and restoring natural areas and open space. Studies show spending 30 minutes in nature lowers the stress hormone cortisol. Read more