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Needle This: Study Hints at How Acupuncture Works to Relieve Stress


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  • Rats pre-treated with acupuncture had no spike in stress-associated hormones after being exposed to chronic stress, which suggests the ancient healing modality helps to normalize stress hormone levels
  • Evidence suggests that acupuncture impacts your body on multiple levels, including stimulating your central nervous system to release natural chemicals that alter bodily systems, pain and other biological processes
  • Acupuncture is proven to positively affect a number of chronic health conditions, including depression, chronic pain, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure and more
  • If you like the idea of acupuncture but don’t like the idea of having needles inserted into your body, there are needle-free alternatives, such as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) that can offer many of the same benefits

By Dr. Mercola

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 US adults: chronic stress.

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