Patients receiving acupuncture often describe feeling relaxed and less stressed after treatments.  Now there are studies showing, that in fact, they are less stressed.

A Chinese study treated patients one time per week with acupuncture with the goal of lowering blood pressure readings.  Researchers found that both the diastolic, as well as the systolic readings lowered after just 4 treatments.  They found that utilizing acupuncture increased nitric oxide levels in the body, thus lowering blood pressure.   The study showed that patients’ levels remained low for some time even after the acupuncture treatments had ended.  In addition, a California study has shown that the insertion of acupuncture needles in the body stimulates areas of the brain that manage sympathetic nerve responses.  This is the “fight or flight” response that is triggered by various life stressors.  Whether blood pressure readings are high due to genetics, or whether they are due to stress, seeking out an acupuncture treatment could put you in the right frame of mind and help to preserve your adrenal system.

We are excited to announce that acupuncture services at Balance are now in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield and may be covered under your policy. To schedule your acupuncture appointment with our licensed acupuncturist, Mary Pat Finley, call the front desk @ 773.472.0560.