Acupuncture works by blocking the release of stress hormones, from the brain, according to a scientific study.
Professor Ladan Eshkevari, an associate professor of nursing at Georgetown University in America, designed studies to test the effects of Acupuncture. They showed that the Chinese Therapy reduced levels of hormones secreted by pathways involved in the stress response.
Prof Eshkevari said the study, published in the Journal of Endocrinology, added to a growing body of evidence on Acupuncture’s protective effect against stress.
Lack of sleep can have a wide variety of negative consequences, from daytime drowsiness and irritability, to depression and an increased risk of various health problems. Unfortunately, the most common treatment for insomnia consists of pharmaceutical drugs such as sedatives, hypnotics and antidepressants, which may carry side effects. In contrast, Acupuncture is considered non-invasive, safe and side-effect free.
An early review on the effectiveness of acupuncture as an insomnia treatment was conducted by a postdoctoral student at the University of Pittsburgh and published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing in 2003. The researcher reviewed 11 separate experimental studies published in the English language between 1975 and 2002. Every single study found that acupuncture treatment significantly improved the symptoms of insomnia.
Further evidence suggests that acupuncture may improve not just sleep duration, but also quality. One study, conducted by researchers from China’s Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University and published in the Chinese Medical Journal in 2009, found that acupuncture therapy led to significant improvements in sleep quality (including REM sleep and slow wave sleep time) and in daytime social function. Notably, 67 per cent of participants were still free of insomnia one month later.
The University of York has released a major RCT comparing acupuncture, counselling and usual care for depression. The conclusion reached by the study was that acupuncture versus the usual care was associated with a significant reduction in the symptoms of depression.
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Acupuncture recommended by Anxiety UK – read their new booklet “Understanding Anxiety”
Winter is cold with yin dominating: dark, damp, cold. Moving from Autumn to Winter is another major seasonal change when we need to eat plenty of energizing foods to combat the increased risk of external pathogens in the months ahead.
Oat Porridge with Cinnamon and Goji Berries
Oats are a stimulating food for the nervous system, energizing and anti-depressant. They are a rich source of B Vitamins, they lower cholesterol levels, help to regulate blood sugar and contain iron and iodine. Goji berries help to nourish Blood and tonify Liver and Kidneys. Cinamon helps to clear internal cold and warm the kidneys. A great start to the day for the winter months!
New acupuncture research undertaken by the Univertsity of California concludes that, “Recent evidence shows that stimulation of different points on the body causes distinct responses in hemodynamic, fMRI and central neural electrophysiological responses.”
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