Acupuncture really does reduce stress levels, say scientists.
In the first study of its kind, a team found the ancient Chinese therapy reduces levels of a protein linked to chronic stress. Although
the research was carried out on rats, researchers say it might help
explain the sense of well-being many people receive from the therapy. If their findings are replicated in human studies, it could offer a proven treatment for stress.
U.S. study tested the effect of acupuncture on blood levels of the
protein neuropeptide Y (NPY), which is secreted by the sympathetic
nervous system in humans.
system is involved in the ‘flight or fight’ response to acute stress,
resulting in constriction of blood flow to all parts of the body except
to the heart, lungs and brain (the organs most needed to react to
Chronic stress, however, can cause elevated blood pressure and cardiac disease.
Source - Daily Mail