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Top 5 Science-Based Benefits of Acupuncture

Updated: Nov 30, 2022

There’s a reason that acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of year - it works! In recent years, western medicine and science have finally begun to understand why.

In particular, clinical research has found that acupuncture is a highly effective treatment for anxiety, insomnia, stress, fatigue, digestion, chronic and acute pain, and digestion.

Read on to learn more about how acupuncture may improve your quality of life and well-being.

Reduces Anxiety & Stress

Millions of people are impacted by anxiety and stress, which in turn can cause other issues, including depression, fatigue, insomnia, headaches, mood issues, chest pain, frequent colds and infections, stomach issues, loss of sexual desire, and more. Science has found that acupuncture can balance blood hormone levels, significantly decreasing lowering levels of peptides that induce stress and anxiety. Acupuncture also positively impacts the human body’s responses to mood, emotions, and stress while promoting overall feelings of well-being. Furthermore, acupuncture research has also found that it can also improve mental clarity and functioning.


Lack of quality sleep can affect many areas of your life and well-being, including mood, focus, brain function, memory, appetite, and energy. Although sleeping pills may offer a quick fix, they can cause negative side effects, including impacting neurotransmitter functioning, hormones, stomach pain, digestive issues, mental slowness, headaches, physical weakness, mental impairment, and even dependency and addiction.

Thankfully, acupuncture can help! Clinical research has documented an increase of up to three hours a night of sleep. Users also report improvements in quality of sleep. Acupuncture works by balancing the production of melatonin, serotonin, and endorphins. This not only impacts sleep but pain, tension, and mood as well. The best part: acupuncture is a safer alternative to sleeping pills!

Improves Digestion

Gut health is a vital part of our overall health and wellbeing. It plays an important role in many of the body’s functions and systems, including mood, hormones, metabolism, inflammation, mental function, and more. It comes as no surprise that issues with digestion can wreak havoc on the whole body.

Science has found that acupuncture can play a powerful role in improving gut health. Acupuncture reduces inflammation in the stomach, as well as promotes balance in the liver, nervous system, and endocrine system. It also stimulates the release of vital enzymes, minerals, and bacteria that are involved in the regulation of digestive function. This in turn can improve nutrient absorption as well as address digestive issues including bloating, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, waste elimination, and abdominal pain.

Boost Energy and Combat Fatigue

Chronic fatigue can be caused by any number of underlying health issues, including vitamin deficiencies, immune system issues, viral infections, hormone imbalances, and autoimmune issues. Regardless of what’s causing your fatigue, research has found that acupuncture may help address it.

Increases Release of Endorphins (i.e. Your Body’s Natural Pain Killers)

Given the science supporting its efficacy, it comes as no surprise that pain management is one of the most common reasons that people seek out acupuncture. Acupuncture is a natural way to boost the body’s production of the body’s natural pain killing chemicals, including endorphins and neuropeptides. Furthermore, acupuncture is recommended as the “first line of defense [for] patients suffering from low back pain.”

If you’re struggling with health issues, contact us to discuss your options.

Four Seasons Acupuncture in Hot Springs Arkansas

Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, cupping, injection therapy, moxibustion, tuina, nutritional therapy, TCM, and more!

We are located in Hot Springs, Arkansas, just minutes from Red Oak, AR, Price, AR, Lake Hamilton, AR, Pleasant Hill, AR, and Malvern, AR.

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