There has been an increase in research to show the effects of acupuncture in reducing the effects of stress, anxiety and mild depression.
One of the most sensitive measures of the body’s ability to cope with stress is something called Heart Rate Variability (HRV). Acupuncture has been shown to improve the body’s ability to cope with stress through improving HRV. (1)
Acupuncture has been shown to increase the release of endorphins, the body’s own ‘feel-good’ chemicals, which play an important role in the regulation of physical and emotional stress responses such as pain, heart rate, blood pressure and digestive function. (2,3,4,5,6)