Acupuncture has a fantastic ability to help us cope with life's difficulties in a calmer way. After 20 years of helping people with acupuncture, the most common thing that people say to me is that that they feel more grounded, chilled or relaxed, following a course of treatments. Indeed one or two studies even suggest that it can be better than medications (eg. for depression related insomnia) and equal to counselling in effect (depression). Added to that, the effects of acupuncture treatments may last long after the treatments have ended, making it a very cost effective option*.
Research is still building but it most likely does this through a variety of ways which include... Dampening Neurochemical releases from the brain (eg adrenaline/cortisol), increasing endorphins (natural relaxants/pain killers), Helping HRV (heart rate variability – which is good!) and affecting Serotonin uptake.
It is important to understand that acupuncture is not a replacement for medicines or counselling but instead can be used as an additional tool.
* Research supporting this point is based on acupuncture for pain, however it is likely to be similar for more than just pain.Back to conditions