Traditionally, this is explained by the balancing effect that acupuncture has on the body’s systems. We remove blockages in the body-mind that can disturb the smooth flow of Qi and Blood in the acupuncture meridians, which is essential for maintaining a sense of wellbeing and good health. In a modern sense, the stress-relieving effects of acupuncture can be explained through the cascading release of endorphins and various neurotransmitters that take us out of a chronic state of “fight-or-flight” (sympathetic), and put us in a state of “rest-anddigest” (parasympathetic). The effects are similar to a meditation session, or a short nap.
Acupuncture for stress is extremely common and has even started to make headlines. Check out this article, from Huffington Post. Many patients that initially come for help with pain management or help with other chronic conditions wind up returning once they feel the powerful effect of acupuncture for stress.