Herbs Proven to Reduce Chemo Effects

Herbs Proven to Reduce Chemo Effects

Do the idea of needles stress you out? You might change your tune after an acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture is already a well known therapy to relieve stress, as many of our patients can attest to. There is also biological proof that acupuncture can reduce stress, even chronic cases, as demonstrated by a 2010 study published online in Experimental Biology and Medicine.

We have written previously about the powerful impact that stress can have on the immune system. Stress has also been shown in studies to strongly affect the functioning of just about every other system in the body, including the endocrine, reproductive, digestive, and cardiovascular systems. The important link between stress and pain levels is also well documented, and is often reported by most chronic pain patients.

By studying the blood levels of neuropeptide Y (NPY), a protein that is secreted by the sympathetic nervous system, scientists now have biological proof that acupuncture can relieve stress. Eshkevari, who led the study, conducted two experiments to test these peptide levels. After rats were stressed, they were then stimulated with the Zuslani acupuncture point (ST 36 on the stomach meridian).

In the first trial those that were stressed and not treated with the Zuslani point were found to have had high levels of the stress protein, NPY. The experimental group (those treated with Zuslani) had similar levels of NPY to the control group (who were not stressed at all).

In the second experiment, researchers continued to stress the rats for an additional four days, but stopped giving them acupuncture treatments. The NPY levels remained low, demonstrating that acupuncture may have a lasting effect days after treatment. This protective effect is likely why so many of our patients who come for regular monthly maintenance treatments report that they feel so much better overall!

Minimizing stress not only helps mental well being, it also has biological and physical benefits, including reduced pain. To protect your body from the harmful effects of stress and assist you in coping with future stress, consider acupuncture as a safe and effective therapy.

Author
Adam Learner, L Ac. Adam Learner, LAc, provides functional medicine and acupuncture for the residents of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, at Family Acupuncture & Wellness. In his practice, he uses a holistic approach to medicine and emphasizes addressing causes, not symptoms.

You Might Also Enjoy...

What Are the Common Signs of a Thyroid Disorder?

Are you overly tired, losing hair, or having trouble with your weight? Thyroid dysfunction is quite common, with roughly 12% of people experiencing it at some point in their lifetime. Do you know the common signs of thyroid disorder?

The Many Benefits of Massage Therapy

If you think of getting a massage as an indulgence or a luxury, you need to read this post! Although massage therapy can feel indulgent, there are many health benefits, too. Find out how massage as a therapy can produce great benefits.

Are There Natural Diabetes Treatments?

If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you probably have lots of questions. Indeed, even if you’ve had diabetes for a while, you may still have some questions. Here, we talk about treating type 2 diabetes from a functional medicine perspective.

Chinese Medicine for Thyroid Disorders

Experts estimate that about 20 million Americans have thyroid disease of some form. If you’re one of them, you may have wondered if you have treatment options. Here’s what you need to know about Chinese medicine and thyroid disorders.

How Can Herbal Medicine Help with Anxiety?

Stress and worry plague many people today. If you have chronic anxiety, you’ve probably tried lots of things to deal with it. Chinese herbal medicine may be the solution you’ve been looking for to recreate a life of peace and calm.