Stressed? Acupuncture for Stress is the Answer…Even If You’re Afraid of Needles

Stress is very common, especially today in this fast-paced world we live in. With work deadlines, family and friend obligations, school recitals, soccer, ballet (fill in the blank with your child’s after-school activity here), not only will you run out of energy, most probably, your wallet will be drained as well … which, understandably, is a valid reason to feel stressed. But take heart, there is some relief in sight. You can try acupuncture for stress.

Brennan Kilbane writes in an article that acupuncture can remove your stress … even if you’re afraid of needles. He even promises, “It doesn’t hurt, guys.”

woman acupuncture for stressHere’s the rest of his story:

“There’s evidence to support acupuncture as an effective form of alternative medicine for those with trouble sleeping, those prone to migraines, those with lower back pain, and me with my obsessive anxious thinking.”

“A perennially distressed friend of mine—a human person who once (understandably) suffered an ulcer related to her assigned seat on an airplane—recommended regular acupuncture to me as a sedative.” via Acupuncture Will Solve Your Stress, Even if Needles Freak You Out

Not only has Kilbane experienced the amazing power of acupuncture to calm stress. In fact, there are many people who have tried it and have experienced the same results, not only with stress but with other conditions such as insomnia, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

How does acupuncture work?

acupuncture_needles_for_stressAn experienced acupuncturist, Jenna Niggeler, of Axness Chiropractic in Baxter, MN, explains how acupuncture works:

“Acupuncture stimulates blood flow from head to toe and encourages the body to promote natural healing and balance. Acupuncture stimulates the body allowing for the release of natural painkillers, such as endorphins and serotonin—making the treatment relaxing. Just like the old Chinese saying goes, ‘Where there is pain there is no free flow and where there is free flow there is no pain.’ Acupuncture can help the blood flow freely and allow the body to naturally get to the root cause of the pain or condition.” via Stressed during the holidays? Try acupuncture

Niggeler recommends having weekly acupuncture treatments for it to take effect. Usually, it takes about 25 to 30 minutes for a session wherein 14 – 25 tiny, sterile needles are being inserted into the body.  We know … you might be sighing and trying to muster the courage to imagine 25 needles inserted into your body. And so you ask just to make sure: Does acupuncture feel good?

Well, as Kilbane has promised, “It doesn’t hurt, guys.”

We bet you’re now a little curious as to how this “painless” acupuncture works. We found a video of Dr. Ed Lamadrid demonstrating ear acupuncture for stress and trauma. Dr. Lamadrid is actually called the “Dr. Oz” of alternative medicine and he is the founder of Integrative Health Studio in Phoenix, AZ and New York, NY.

Go on and take a look. You will be amazed.


This video should have given you an idea of how acupuncture for stress works. While this procedure is not a requirement to treat stress, it is something worth considering to help you harness energy and positivity.

About the author

Dr. Gala Gorman is a licensed Acupuncturist, Naturopath, and Author who offers expert advice and programs to help people prevent disease. She uses advanced techniques that "reverse the clock" on aging. She founded the Delta Discovery Center with her partner, Charlie Frangos, to provide a place for self-discovery and healing on Hilton Head Island and beyond. Dr. Gala helps people learn to be their own health advocates.