Acupuncture May Elevate Levels of Serotonin and GABA in the Brain Helping to Promote Relaxation and Rest

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The practice of Acupuncture is one of the world’s oldest known medical systems, dating back several thousands of years. Acupuncture has been used for centuries to treat a wide variety of symptoms and illnesses. 


According to modern research, Acupuncture has notable effects on the nervous system, digestive system, cardiovascular system, endocrine system, and immune system. Extensive research conducted worldwide shows that Acupuncture may significantly improve symptoms of stress.


In our modern society, many of us spend so much time racing to work, and fulfilling demanding schedules, all of which utilize the fight-or-flight nervous system, our sympathetic nervous system. Acupuncture helps us relax and shift into our parasympathetic nervous system or rest-relax-digest nervous system.


Acupuncture has become one of the most popular alternative therapies for relieving stress. This natural treatment is thought to promote relaxation and rest by increasing levels of serotonin and GABA in the brain.


Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that also functions as a hormone and is responsible for regulating many functions. Serotonin is considered a natural mood stabilizer. Serotonin in the brain regulates anxiety, happiness, and mood. It’s the chemical that helps with sleeping, eating, and digesting. 


GABA also functions as a neurotransmitter and helps to promote relaxation and rest. Excessive stress is linked to poor sleep, a weaker immune system, and a higher risk of depression, among other things. GABA’s natural calming effect on the brain has led to its popularity as a supplement to help with these symptoms. 


Acupuncture stimulates acupoints, in different parts of the body, to promote the release of these ‘happy hormones,’ endorphins and other natural chemicals that signal to the body that it is safe, secure, and can relax its stress response.


Stress is a very serious health issue that effects our health in many ways.


If you're concerned about your stress, mental health or simply looking for a natural way to rest and relax, we encourage you to visit your local Modern Acupuncture clinic.


Our Licensed Acupuncturists will use the power of this ancient health practice to promote deep rest and relaxation to improve your health and well-being.


“Amazing. Relaxing. Restful. Clean. Professional. Felt like I was treated like a Queen. I suffer from anxiety, depression mildly, asthma and some allergies and major stress and find Acupuncture to be very helpful. I have been to other places in my past but this place tops them all. Very good care.” – Dr. Jackie (SC)


Acupuncture Relieves Stress


Modern Acupuncture® is a natural stress relief solution and the leading provider of Acupuncture in the U.S. The most studied theories show that Acupuncture stimulates the body to release naturally produced “feel good” endorphins and stimulate the parasympathetic or “rest and digest” response in our body, alleviating symptoms associated with stress.


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