Have you ever thought about trying to reduce stress with acupuncture? Acupuncture biochemically reduces memory loss due to chronic stress, according to a new study. Researchers applied acupuncture at acupuncture point P6 (Neiguan, Inner Pass). P6 is located near the center of the wrist crease on the anterior surface of the forearm. The researchers measured biochemical and behavioral changes. Results indicated acupuncture stimulation at P6 increased AchE (acetylcholinesterase) chemical reaction activity in the brain.
AchE is an enzyme that plays an important role in synaptic transmission. Findings indicated that study participants exposed to chronic mild stress had significantly lower AchE activity in the hypothalamus of the brain. It was discovered that acupuncture at P6 increased chemical reactivity of AchE in the hypothalamus compared with the control group.
The researchers also conducted a passive avoidance test (PAT) to compare the biochemical findings with behavioral examination. The acupuncture group performed better than the control group for the PAT.
Acupuncture also oxygenates tissues, decreases heart rate and blood pressure and relaxes muscles; all of which can aid in stress management.
Acupuncture treats many symptoms of stress, including:
- Sleep disorders.
- Mood swings.
A comprehensive treatment plan including acupuncture, Chinese herbs, exercise and a nutritional diet, can be very effective in significantly reducing stress.
For more information about reducing stress with acupuncture, call the Acupuncture and Massage College, at (305) 595-9500.