Being the expert on it that I am (I am no expert!) I thought that it would be interesting to share with you the effects that acupuncture might have on your body. While it seems that stabbing needles into your skin may not be the best idea - and can be very daunting for some - to help somebody cope with stress, you might be surprised by the results. How it works: In the east, where Yin and Yang originated, it is believed that the body must achieve inner peace and that this peace is created by a balance in a person's energy (or even life force, if you will.) This energy runs through your body like water, through your blood, through you heart and soul, traveling like a river and released upon the external world and also the internal workings of one's mind and body. When this energy is stumped, acupuncture needles are placed in the areas of energy resistance and relieves the flow of these energy obstructions.
In the west, acupuncture is used to target and stimulate the central nervous system to release hormones and neurotransmitters that will boost one's immune system and other natural body functions. It can dull the feelings of stress and pain that can build up and cause body tension. Now on to the point: How can acupuncture stimulate sleep?!? This is where - wait for it - melatonin comes into play once more. What happens in patients with high stress and anxiety is that when acupuncture needles perforate the skin they stimulate pressure points that increase nighttime melatonin production. While the exact cause of this is still unsure and the field requires more study it is worth a try. No harm, no foul, right? A few other things that this method can stimulate, or regulate, are chronic pain and HIV related sleep problems. In many cases acupuncture seems to be the fastest working pain reliever - this is not to say that it can cure the cause of your pain. Also, and this one goes hand and hand with sleep deprivation, acupuncture will help to alleviate stress. So go on and find a practiced acupuncturist and get started today, it may help in more ways than one.