Medical Acupuncture

Acupuncture Effect and Central Autonomic Regulation

“Acupuncture has clinical efficacy on various autonomic nerve-related disorders, such as cardiovascular diseases, epilepsy, anxiety and nervousness, circadian rhythm disorders, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and subfertility. An increasing number of studies have demonstrated that acupuncture can control autonomic nerve system (ANS) functions including blood pressure, pupil size, skin conductance, skin temperature, muscle sympathetic nerve activities, heart rate and/or pulse rate, and heart rate variability. Emerging evidence indicates that acupuncture treatment not only activates distinct brain regions in different kinds of diseases caused by imbalance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic activities, but also modulates adaptive neurotransmitter in related brain regions to alleviate autonomic response. This review focused on the central mechanism of acupuncture in modulating various autonomic responses, which might provide neurobiological foundations for acupuncture effects.”

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Acupuncture autonomic regulation mechanism. Blue indicates the area involved in acupuncture parasympathetic regulation. Orange indicates the area involved in acupuncture sympathetic regulation.


Acupuncture Effect and Central Autonomic Regulation

Published online 2013 May 26. doi:  10.1155/2013/267959

Integrative Cancer Care, Medical Acupuncture

Effects from acupuncture in treating anxiety

Effects from acupuncture in treating anxiety: integrative review.


among 514 articles, 67 were selected to be fully read and 19 were included. Among these, 11 were found to have strong evidence levels. (…) Its results showed positive and statistically significant effects from using acupuncture for treating subjects with anxiety.


acupuncture seems to be a promising treatment for anxiety; however, there is a need for improving the methodological quality of the research on this field.