Acupuncture and tai chi are methods which many people
believe can help to release the flow of energy
throughout the body. These ancient forms of health
care are becoming more and more commonly used in the
western hemisphere, as people realize the benefits to
their health and well-being.

In a study conducted at Yale University Medical School
in the 1990?s acupuncture was demonstrated to
significantly reduce stress. The study showed that the
technique succeeded in lowering blood pressure,
anxiety state, heart rate and electrodermal activities
in the majority of test subjects.

In a second study, published in 1998, acupuncture was
successful in treating 85.7 percent of test subjects
with General Anxiety Disorder.

Acupuncture is considered a holistic medicine, and
those who are treated generally experience no side
effects. This is in stark contrast to the many side
effects often experienced by patients taking
prescription medications to reduce the affects anxiety
and stress.

While acupuncture requires the use of very small, fine
needles applied to specific areas of the body, tai chi
is a non-invasive form of acupuncture, which requires
no needles to be effective.

Both procedures have been shown to reduce the presence
of certain chemicals in the body which are produced at
high levels during periods of stress. Additionally
these procedures help to optimize nerve transmissions
along the spine, and stimulate the internal organs,
increasing their ability to function properly.

To find a licensed and certified acupuncture therapist
visit the "National Certification Commission for
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine" on the web.