Patients tell me daily that one of the most pleasant effects of acupuncture is how blissed out they feel after a session. What is even better is that the acupuncture sessions have a positive effect on their overall stress. This inevitably leads to the conversation of how and why acupuncture works so well. So, let's talk about it. Stress is a common problem that affects people of all ages and can lead to a range of health issues if not properly managed. Acupuncture has been found to reduce stress levels through several mechanisms.
Studies have shown that acupuncture can activate the relaxation response in the body, reducing levels of the stress hormone cortisol. A study published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine in 2016 found that acupuncture was effective in reducing cortisol levels and reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression in patients with stress-related disorders. The study participants reported reduced levels of stress, improved sleep quality, and increased feelings of well-being after receiving acupuncture treatments.
Acupuncture has also been found to have a calming effect on the central nervous system. A 2018 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that acupuncture significantly reduced stress and anxiety in medical students, who are often under significant stress due to their demanding academic schedule. The study participants reported feeling more relaxed and better able to handle the stress of their daily lives after receiving acupuncture treatments.
In addition to its physical effects, acupuncture may also have a psychological impact on stress levels. A 2020 study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that acupuncture was effective in reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety in patients with stress-related disorders. The study participants reported feeling less stressed and more relaxed after receiving acupuncture treatments, and many reported that the benefits of the treatments lasted for several weeks after the final session.
In conclusion, acupuncture is a safe and effective way to manage stress. Its ability to activate the relaxation response, calm the central nervous system, and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression make it a valuable tool for anyone looking to manage stress. If you are looking for a natural way to manage stress, acupuncture may be the right choice for you.
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