Stress can be caused by any disturbing situation or thought that causes frustration, anger or irritation. Anxiety refers to excessive worrying that’s hard to control and often impacts daily life.

Acupuncture reduces stress through a variety of mechanisms.

  • It deals primarily with the regulation of one’s vital power, the physical energy known as qi, “Qi”.
  • It has significant benefits to the overall functioning of the body.
  • It causes relaxation, reduction of tachycardia and blood pressure.
  • It creates a sense of calm and serenity, which is of great importance for people in stressful situations.

According to the most up to date evidence, acupuncture is an effective treatment for anxiety and stress. In 2017, The Acupuncture Evidence Project, found that acupuncture had a major effect on reducing anxiety and depression compared to conventional treatment involving pharmacological approaches and psychotherapy, with over twice the reduction in symptoms.


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