Stress and anxiety reduction is considered one of the most important systemic effects of acupuncture.
With its ability to enhance blood flow and energy or ‘Qi’ pronounced Chi circulation, acupuncture also increases the bodies natural release of endorphins (feel good hormones that also reduce pain sensitivity).
Recent research suggests that acupuncture stimulates the release of oxytocin, a hormone and signalling substance that regulates our nervous system responses including the “fight-or-flight” response that is governed by the sympathetic nervous system and “rest-and-digest” or “calm-and-connect” which is controlled by the parasympathetic nervous system.
This down regulation of “figth-or-flight” and upregulation of “rest-and-digest” equates to a more relaxed nervous system, less stress and anxiety, better sleep and digestive function. The roll on effect of which includes optimal function for the whole body and all of its systems. Who doesnt want more of that!
Alternatives to use of needles include laser acupuncture which uses laser instead of needles or acupressure the application of thumbs/fingers to pressure points.