Why and How does Acupuncture help to reduce stress

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The acupuncturist inserts fine needles into certain identified acupuncture points on “meridians” which run throughout the body and correspond to certain organs. Meridians can be thought of as a highway of energy, or “qi” in traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture works by getting rid of the roadblocks on this energy superhighway.

When there is congestion on the highway, energy gets backed up. When the meridians are clear (no roadblocks), the qi flows freely. Each meridian “homes” to an organ and each organ has certain associations, such as emotions, body parts, organs etc. For example, the emotion of the liver in Chinese medicine is anger. When the qi is blocked it can cause liver qi stagnation, which can result in anger. It goes both ways, though — when you’re angry a lot, you can block the flow of liver qi.

Western medicine has shown that acupuncture releases endorphins, and activates natural pain killers. Now we see that it affects other biological functions as well. Chinese medicine sees acupuncture as improving functioning by correcting blockages or imbalances in the organs. To read more, please click here.

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) states that “Evidence for the use of acupuncture — the Chinese practice of inserting needles into the body at specific points to manipulates the body’s flow of energy — to treat anxiety disorders is becoming stronger.”  To read more, please click here.

In 2011, an article was published on dailymail.co.uk, it says “Acupuncture really can reduce stress levels, scientists claim after alternative therapy experiment.” To read more, please click here.

  • Acupuncture ‘reduces’ levels of protein linked to stress.
  • Scientists believe this explains the sense of well-being patients receive from ancient Chinese therapy”

According to NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) which is part of the United States National Library of Medicine, a branch of the National Institutes of Health. Some doctors did a clinical review – Acupuncture for Treating Anxiety and Depression in Women: A Clinical Systematic Review. The conclusion is, with respect to six reviewed studies, there is high-level evidence to support the use of acupuncture for treating major depressive disorder in pregnancy. To read more, please click here.

A 2013 article in the Journal of Endocrinology presented the results of a series of animal studies done at Georgetown University Medical Center. These results indicate that Electrioacupuncture stomach 36 (EA St36) blocks the chronic stress-induced elevations in the hypothalamus pituitary adrenal (*HPA) axis and the sympathetic Neuropeptide Y (**NPY) pathway, which may be a mechanism for its specific stress-allaying effects. To read the origianl article, please click here.

*HPA axis controls reactions to stress and regulates processes like the immune system, digestion, emotions and moods and sexuality, etc.

**NPY is a peptide secreted during a “fight or flight” response.

With the hectic pace of life, sometimes it’s difficult to recognize that you’re experiencing stress or anxiety. There are some Hidden Signs of Stress and Anxiety.

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