Research and Studies – Stress and Anxiety
Many research studies have shown acupuncture to be useful and effective in the treatment of stress and anxiety disorders.
Sequential stimulation to certain acupuncture points has been found to be effective in the treatment of stress related physical and mental disorders.
Recent research has found that cerebral serotonin has anti-depressant and analgesic effects. Cerebral serotonin can be released by the stimulation of certain acupuncture points.
The study found that the stimulation of Acupuncture points (ST36 and GB20) increased intracephalic blood flow. Increasing intracephalic blood flow may indirectly increase the quantity of serotonin released.
The release of serotonin can be enhanced further by sequential stimulation of these acupuncture points. A marked degree of mental relaxation has been shown.
(by Department of Anesthesiology, Wayne County General Hospital, Westland, Michigan.Acupuncture & Electro-therapeutics Research [1992, 17(4):273-283]
Other studies have shown that Acupuncture Increases Nocturnal Melatonin Secretion and Reduces Insomnia and Anxiety.
[ Warren Spence, M.A.; Leonid Kayumov, Ph.D., DABSM; Adam Chen, Ph.D.; Alan Lowe, M.D.; Umesh Jain, M.D.; Martin A. Katzman, M.D.; Jianhua Shen, M.D.; Boris Perelman, Ph.D.; Colin M. Shapiro, MBBCh, Ph.D., FRCP(C)]
Furthermore, researchers have also concluded that auricular (ear) acupuncture can decrease anxiety levels. They added that “the results of the study suggest that acupuncture may be an effective treatment for individuals experiencing intense levels of daily stress and anxiety.”
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