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Acupuncture Helps in Relieving Stress

Acupuncture Helps in Relieving Stress
30 May 2014

Acupuncture, which is a part of traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years, is today used by a number of Australians every year, for treating chronic pain. However, now the researchers have revealed that the healing technique can effectively treat the most common ailments faced by Australian adults: chronic stress.

Acupuncture relieves chronic stress

A study on rats showed that when they were pre-treated with acupuncture, they had no spike in stress-related hormones after getting exposed to chronic stress. On the other hand, the rats, which were not treated or were treated with sham acupuncture had high levels of CRH (corticotropin-releasing hormone) along with the other stress hormones.

In stressed rats, which got acupuncture, stress hormone levels were same to those in the control rats, which were not under the chronic stress. This suggests that the ancient healing technique helps in normalizing the stress hormone levels.

The acupuncture point, which was used in the study was a point on stomach and it was quite effective in tapping into the stress response. Now the research is being conducted to determine whether acupuncture can be effective in relieving stress when used after the fact, as a treatment rather than a preventive technique.

Acupuncture even treats chronic pain

It was concluded by two researchers in a recent publication that acupuncture is very effective in reducing chronic pain like headaches and back pain. Real acupuncture is in fact more effective than the standard pain treatments. It actually produced a slightly better result than using the sham needles. The study clearly revealed a robust and clear effect of acupuncture in treating neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, headaches and osteoarthritis.

A survey was conducted on many people. On a scale of 0-100, it was found out that people suffering from chronic pain with a rate of 60 experienced:

  • An average of thirty point drop when treated with real acupuncture
  • A twenty-five point drop when treated with sham acupuncture
  • A seventeen point drop when treated with standard pain care , which didn’t include acupuncture

Stress relief and pain relief in NB are a guarantee with acupuncture treatment. To know more about acupuncture treatments, stay tuned to our Northside Acupuncture blog!

  • An average of thirty point drop when treated with real acupuncture
  • A twenty-five point drop when treated with sham acupuncture


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