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Acupuncture Relieves Stress: New Understanding Of Why The Ancient Practice Eases Anxiety

Good news, acupuncture fans: It really does help relieve stress. And now, a new study is giving a closer look at why.
The new study explores the biological mechanisms involved in acupuncture’s stress-relieving abilities, something science has yet to fully understand.
The researchers discovered that stress hormones were lower in rats that had received electronic acupuncture. Results were published in the Journal of Endocrinology.
The body secretes an assortment of hormones into the bloodstream as a reaction to stress, which the researchers were then able to measure in the rats. They assessed blood hormone levels secreted by the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland and the adrenal gland — together these are known as the hypothalamus pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis. They also measured a peptide involved in creatures’ “fight or flight” responses, called NPY.
Researchers discovered that the “…electronic acupuncture blocks the chronic, stress-induced elevations of the HPA axis hormones and the sympathetic NPY pathway,” Eshkevari said in the statement.
Since stress has been linked with detrimental health effects including heart disease and even brain shrinkage it’s important to study any measures to combat its detrimental nature.
Adapted from Huffington Post


Dr. Gabrielle Steinberg is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), ( acupuncture and herbal medicine), Craniosacral therapist and Shiatsu therapist. Many years of study have also included completing courses in Nutrition, various forms of massage. She has over 15 years’ experience working in the field of wellness.
Dr. Steinberg works with people of all ages with the goal to enhance their performance in daily life- whether it be in competitive or day to day activities. Her scope includes working with stress relief and other emotional issues, injury recovery, chronic pain issues, infertility, digestive issues, allergy treatments, men’s health and more.
Her work starts with the understanding that each individual has an innate capacity to heal. She feels that her role is to support people on their journeys to wellness and to find ways to educate and empower clients to find ways to maintain their health in their daily lives. Often integrating the various modalities that she has in her repertoire, the sessions are tailored to meet each individual’s needs. This may include Chinese medicine, acupuncture, Craniosacral therapy, massage, and nutritional counseling.

Dr. Gabrielle Steinberg, Dr. TCM, R.Ac, RHN