Stress Management

How Does Acupuncture /Acupressure Work for Stress?

Acupuncture has been shown to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the devastation of stress and activate the relaxation response. Acupuncture causes your body to release pleasant, happy chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins are natural opiates, which relieve pain and increase a person’s sense of relaxation and well being. They can give a person a “natural high” similar to the feeling we have at peak experiences in our lives. This is one of the reasons that acupuncture is so useful in the treatment of depression and anxiety.

Dr. Yuan has sucessfully treated the following conditions related to stress:

  • Anger/frustration
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Digestive problems
  • Headaches 
  • Heart disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Joint pain
  • Tight neck and shoulders
  • Weakened immune system
  • Weight gain
  • PUBLICATIONS

  • Acupuncture for Depression
  • Acupuncture for Stress and Anxiety
  • Acupuncture is Effective to Attenuate Stress and Stimulate Lymphocyte Proliferation in the Elderly


  • Pavão TS, et al. Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Immunology, Institute of Biomedical Research, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Porto Alegre (RS), Brazil.

    Acupuncture has increasingly been used to treat many conditions, including psychiatric disorders and immunological-related disorders. However, the effects of acupuncture as stress management and immune functions in the elderly are largely unclear. Here we investigated the effects of acupuncture on stress-related psychological symptoms and cellular immunity in young adults and elderly subjects. Twenty-four healthy subjects were recruited at the Center for Physical Activities “Terra Brasilis” (Porto Alegre, Brazil) and sub-grouped into 12 young adults (mean age 27.6 years, 23–38 years; 6 females) and 12 healthy elders (mean age 65.6 years, 60–81 years; 6 females). The acupuncture treatment consisted of six sessions and the procedures included the insertion of needles at bilateral acupoints LI4, SP6 and ST36. Psychological variables (depression, anxiety and stress) were investigated by means of self-assessment inventories. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells were isolated and cultured in vitro to measure mitogen-induced T-cell proliferation as well as cellular sensitivity to dexamethasone. All data were assessed before and after the intervention. Acupuncture was able to significantly reduce depression (p < 0.001), anxiety (p < 0.001) and stress (p < 0.001) scores. The intervention also increased T-cell proliferation, with greater intensity in the elderly group (p = 0.004). No changes in cellular sensitivity to dexamethasone were observed following acupuncture. We conclude that acupuncture was efficient to attenuate the psychological distress as well as to increase an important feature of cellular immunosenescence.

    Neurosci Lett. 2010 Aug 12.

    Source: PubMed
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