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Research on Acupuncture for Stress

A 2011 study (http://www.georgetown.edu/news/acupuncture-stress-reduction-study.html) published in Experimental Biology and Medicine found that acupuncture significantly reduces levels of a protein in rats linked to chronic stress, researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) have found.

A 2008 Study published in Anesthesia & Analgesia (Vol  107, No. 3, Sept 2008) http://www.anesthesia-analgesia.org/content/107/3/811.full.pdf+html found that stimulation of the acupuncture point, Yin Tang, alleviated preoperative anxiety in children.

In 2003, researcher Shu-Ming Wang, MD, at the Yale University School of Medicine presented study findings at the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists showing acupuncture significantly reduced a mother’s stress when her child was undergoing surgery http://www.webmd.com/anxiety-panic/news/20031015/acupuncture-calms-moms-stress-anxiety 

In 2007, a German study published in Circulation http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/115/24/3121.short  found that acupuncture significantly lowers both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. The extent of the blood pressure reductions by acupuncture treatments was comparable to those seen with antihypertensive medication or aggressive lifestyle changes, including radical salt restrictions.

In 2007, a study published in Journal of Nervous & Mental Disease:  June 2007 - Volume 195 - Issue 6 - pp 504-513 http://journals.lww.com/jonmd/Abstract/2007/06000/Acupuncture_for_Posttraumatic_Stress_Disorder__A.7.aspx  measured the affects of acupuncture on 73 men and women with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The researchers found the acupuncture treatments for PTSD to be as helpful as the standard treatment of cognitive behavioral therapy.