Acupuncture – an effective stress management technique?

Researchers have revealed the healing technique for chronic stress.

Acupuncture, which has been valued as part of traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years, is now used by millions of Americans each year, often to treat chronic pain. But now researchers have revealed the healing technique may also be effective in treating one of the most widespread ailments facing U.S. adults: Chronic stress.

In a new study published in the Journal of EndocrinologyDr. Eshkevari and his colleagues aimed to explore the biological mechanisms involved in acupuncture’s stress relieving abilities at a molecular level. It is the constant increase in stress hormones that is associated with many of the health problems linked to chronic stress, such as depression, insomnia and anxiety. In stressed animals that received acupuncture, stress hormone levels were similar to those in the control animals that were not under chronic stress, which suggests the ancient healing modality helps to normalize stress hormone levels.

Long-term stress on the body can put you at risk for numerous conditions:

  • Heart disease
  • Sleep problems
  • Digestive problems
  • Depression
  • Obesity
  • Memory impairment

New research shows you can actually wear the effects of stress on your face. Acupuncture can be a great way to relieve stress naturally. Each person responds to treatment in a different way, so the number of sessions required can vary. Experts recommend a minimum of one session per week for five to eight weeks, and patients often start to feel an immediate reduction in stress after just one session.

You should always talk to your doctor before making any lifestyle changes, and make sure you find a licensed practitioner for treatment.

Feeling stressed lately? Michigan State University Extension offers an online RELAX: Alternatives to Anger course to help with stress management that you can complete in the comfort of your own home.

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