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New Clinical Trial On Acupuncture And Stress

A recent study has shown that Acupuncture may be successful in decreasing the perception of stress in students and staff at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, and also important, that the effects of the Acupuncture persists for at least three (3) months after the completion of treatment.

I was honored to be asked to participate in this study, and subsequently be involved in co-authoring a publication, along with other talented professionals (Stefanie Schroeder, Antony Denton, Aaron Krasnow, T.S. Raghu, Kimberly Mathiin)   –

Schroeder S, et al., Effectiveness of Acupuncture Therapy on Stress in a Large Urban College Population, Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies (2017),


Below is an Abstract of the published article

This study is a randomized controlled clinical trial to study the effectiveness of acupuncture on the perception of stress in patients who study, or work, on a large, urban college campus. The hypothesis was that verum acupuncture would demonstrate a significant positive impact on perceived stress as compared to sham acupuncture.

This study included 111 participants with high self-reported stress levels who either studied or worked at a large, urban public university in the southwestern United States. However, only 62 participants completed the study.

The participants were randomized into a verum acupuncture or sham acupuncture group. Both the groups received treatment once a week for 12 weeks. The Cohen’s global measure of perceived stress scale (PSS-14) was completed by each participant prior to treatment, at 6 weeks, at 12 weeks, and 6 weeks and 12 weeks post-treatment completion.

While participants of both the groups showed a substantial initial decrease in perceived stress scores, at 12 weeks post treatment, the verum acupuncture group showed a significantly greater treatment effect than the sham acupuncture group.

This study indicates that acupuncture may be successful in decreasing the perception of stress in students and staff at a large urban university, and this effect persists for at least 3 months after the completion of treatment.


Are you experiencing stress?

If you are someone who finds yourself experiencing stress on an ongoing basis, you may want to consider giving Acupuncture a chance to help.

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