Update 1: Acupuncture
Treatment For Stressed College-Goers
State University conducted a study on the effects of stress on college students
and staff in a “large urban college population.” The study was a two-group, randomized
controlled trial where the participants underwent either sham acupuncture or
verum acupuncture. The participants included college students, faculty and
staff at a large public university and the study was approved by the university’s
institutional review board with the consent of each participant.
to the study beginning, each participant answered questions in the Cohen’s
Global Measure of Perceived Stress questionnaire at 5 different parts of the
study. The intention behind this step was to measure how stress changed or did
not change for each participant throughout the course of the treatment.
acupuncture points that were used within the study were as follows. These
points were given to the treatment group which were set to undergo verum
acupuncture. Each group reported to the acupuncture clinic once a week for a 30
second group (considered the control group) received sham acupuncture in 3
points that are not known to have any effect on stress. These points on the
body that are located between meridians and were inserted unilaterally and
without stimulation or manipulation to ensure that de qi would not occur.
the study was completed, each participant was questioned on the levels of
stress that they each endured after 6, 12, 18 and 24 weeks post-treatment.
Between the first treatment and the 24th week post-treatment, the verum
acupuncture group reported a 45.8% improvement in the perception of stress. The
sham acupuncture group reportedly showed a 40.3% difference in stress levels
between the start of the study and post-treatment. However, at 3 months
post-treatment, the sham acupuncture group had shown a decrease in their
reduce the amount of error in the study, they “treated every participant with
the same point combination, no matter what their underlying energetics may have
suggested.” This was to keep the acupuncture points as consistent as possible
in order to obtain the most accurate results possible.
study did determined that stress was reduced through the use of
acupuncture on the participants within the study but that a larger sample size
would aid in obtaining more statistically consistent results.
This study appears promising for determining the effects of
reducing stress on university-goers through the treatment of acupuncture.
However, further study and testing would be necessary for more conclusive
New York Sports Acupuncture
Dr. Bishara Wilson, DACM, L.Ac.
5 Acupoints to Help You Navigate Your Stress This Winter
There are several acupressure points that are known to treat stress and stress related symptoms. It’s important to understand that acupressure is not the only form of treatment and having a balanced diet, exercise regime and lifestyle will also decrease the chances of stress being a factor in your life.
The following five acupoints are known to help alleviate stress and other related symptoms.
LU 1—Zhong Fu
GV 24.5—Yin Tang
KI 1—Yong Quan
LI 4—He Gu
S 36- Zu San Li
Lu 1, Zhong Fu- This point is often used to treat vomiting, stops coughing, disperses fullness in the chest, stops pain and regulates Lung Qi. It’s located in the upper chest in the space below the first rib, six cun from the midline. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Lu 1 regulates Lung Qi and stimulates the Lung Qi to descend. It also disperses fullness in the chest and stops coughing.
KI 1, Yongquan, Bubbling Spring- This acupoint is located on the sole of the foot approximately at the junction of the second and third toes. Indications that this acupoint will aid you are if you’re experiencing headaches, dizziness, loss of voice, blurring of vision and so on. In TCM, this acupoint is known to subdue wind and empty-heat, clear up the brain, and tonifies yin.
LI 4, Hegu, Joining (Union) Valley- The LI 4 is known to treat swelling and pain of the eye, nasal obstruction, toothache, facial swelling, deafness, sore throat and much more. In TCM, it’s said to dispel exterior wind, stimulate the dispersing function of the lungs, removes pain, and harmonizing descending and ascending functions. This point is located on the back of the hand at the apex of the webbed triangle between the thumb and the index finger.
ST 36, Zu San Li- This acupoint is often used to treat vomiting, stress and fatigue and gastrointestinal discomfort. This point is located along the outside of your shin bone about 4 finger lengths from the knee cap. You will know you’re in the right location because a muscle will mom out as you move your foot up and down. In TCM, this point is stimulated frequently to promote health and longevity.
GV 24.5, Yin Tang, Third Eye- This point is located about one finger above the point between the eyebrows and will be almost directly in the middle of the forehead. Working this point is said to calm the mind, clarify ideas and intuition as well as strengthen mental projection. It can be used to alleviate dizziness, stress, vertigo, sinusitis and headaches.
Each of the above points can be used to aid in relieving stress and/or other symptoms that can cause stress. It’s helpful to bring a list of any symptoms you may have or are looking to treat, any information will be helpful in curating your individualized treatment plan.
New York Sports Acupuncture
Dr. Bishara Wilson, DACM, L.Ac.
Update: Acupuncture and Stress
published in the Annals of Yoga and Physical Therapy looked at how acupuncture
treatments affect stress levels in administrative workers at a local
hospital. The study included 58
participants who reported high levels of stress associated with their jobs. The
participants were treated with eight weeks of auricular acupuncture. After the eight acupuncture sessions, the
workers reported their stress levels had decreased from high to moderate. The
study hypothesizes that reduced stress levels are associated with regular
acupuncture treatments due to the release of neurotransmitters in the body.
This study and many others are providing evidence that acupuncture can indeed decrease
stress levels and improve overall health.
defined as either pressure or tension exerted on an object or a state of mental
or emotional strain resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.
some facts from the Global Organization for Stress:
● Americans report higher levels of
stress than most countries around the globe.
● Surveys show that nearly one out of
75 people worldwide experience panic attacks.
● Stress in American teenagers is now
one of the top health concerns and it is being found that teenagers
experiencing stress are more likely to develop long-term health problems.
● We all experience stress in our
● But learning how to deal with it can
be crucial for a happy, healthy life.
One way to
deal with stress involves the use of a 3,000 year old medical system, known as
Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM. TCM uses many different modalities or
tools to treat the human mind and body. The most commonly used modality is
acupuncture and while acupuncture is still not widely accepted in the United
States, it is gaining ground.
acupuncture can reduce stress when used regularly. The Journal of Endocrinology
published a study showing stress hormones, like cortisol, were lower in rats
that had received electroacupuncture. The use of electroacupuncture actually
blocked the chronic stress hormones in the rats. It does the exact same thing
acupuncture points on the body are better for relieving stress and are used
frequently by licensed practitioners. One of these points is Yin Tang. Yin Tang
is located directly between the inner edges of the eyebrows and is a reflex
point of the pituitary gland. Yin Tang calms the mind and relaxes the body by
helping control hormone secretions.
acupuncture point, Kidney 1, is not as frequently used because of its location,
however, it can work wonders for decreasing stress. Kidney 1 is located on the
bottom of the foot, at the junction of the anterior one third and posterior two
thirds of the line connecting the base of the second and third toes and the
heel. This point is VERY sensitive, but it has amazing properties. Kidney 1 can
sedate and calm the mind, while also regulating blood flow to the upper part of
the body also known as the brain.
other tools TCM practitioners can use to relieve stress, such as cupping and
herbs, although acupuncture and acupressure tend to work the fastest. Ask me to
find out more!
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