Acupuncture really does reduce stress levels, say scientists.

In the first study of its kind, a team found the ancient Chinese therapy reduces levels of a protein linked to chronic stress.

“Many practitioners of acupuncture have observed that this ancient practice can reduce stress in their patients, but there is a lack of biological proof of how or why this happens. We’re starting to understand what’s going on at the molecular level that helps explain acupuncture’s benefit,” study researcher Dr. Ladan Eshkevari, an associate professor of nursing at Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies, said in a statement.

Reporting in the Journal of Endocrinology, researchers led by Ladan Eshkevari, assistant program director of the nurse anesthesia program at Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies, mimicked chronic stress in a rat model and documented how stimulating certain body points with acupuncture can alter stress hormones.

Researchers discovered that “acupuncture blocks the chronic, stress-induced elevations of the HPA axis hormones and the sympathetic NPY pathway.”

The signs of stress can vary from one individual to the next.(NHS Choices 2011) They may manifest physically as an illness, tiredness or lethargy, or as symptoms such as sore, tight muscles, dull skin, lank hair, or erratic sleep patterns. Mental stress can result in depression, mood swings, anger, frustration, confusion, paranoid behaviour, jealousy or withdrawal.

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

-Heart disease
-Sleep problems
-Digestive problems
-Memory impairment
-Accelerated aging – both internal and external

Acupuncture is an incredibly effective tool to reduce stress. Patients will often fall asleep on my table during a treatment….and leave the clinic feeling deeply relaxed.

Relieve stress naturally with acupuncture – See the Fox news article by Dr. Manny Alvarez: Relieve stress naturally with acupuncture