What is the Science behind How Acupuncture Helps Pain and Depression?


  • Fight or Flight vs. Rest & Digest
  • Acupuncture increases circulation
  • Acupuncture lowers inflammation
  • Acupuncture releases endorphins (feel-good hormones)


I get this question often from friends, family and patients:

How does Acupuncture relieve?…


Well, I will tell You How…

1. Acupuncture decreases Pain by persuading the body to release specific endorphins.

These endorphins relieve pain.


2. Acupuncture increases Qi and blood (circulation) to the affected area and decreases inflammation in the body.

Inflammation causes pain. Chronic (long-term) inflammation causes disease.

Acupuncture decreases Pain & Inflammation. 


3. Acupuncture urges us out of Fight or Flight mode–back into Rest & Digest mode (no morphine required).


This is also how acupuncture prompts the body to deal with mild to moderate depression & anxiety-


Did You Know Acupuncture Lights up the Morphine Center of the Brain?!…


This is Why the Military Uses Acupuncture called “Battlefield Acupuncture.”


It is used by the military because it is cheaper and faster-acting than morphine. They can administer needles and get enough pain-relief within five minutes to then assist hurt soldiers from the field.

They can then attend to the more critically wounded.

The military has spent much time and money on researching the effects of acupuncture on pain relief. This is for good reason. Many soldiers do not want to take pain medications.

They do not want to get dependent on or addicted to drugs.


Youtube has a video of “Battlefield Acupuncture” done by the military.

Check it out to see for yourself!


Thanks for Reading!

Written by Aleesha D Ackerman, LAc

Anoka Acupuncture with Aleesha D Ackerman

Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck. Aleesha specializes in treating acute and chronic pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as hot flashes, mood imbalance, low energy and for Cosmetic Acupuncture for wrinkles, crow’s feet, laugh lines and improvement in overall skin tone.


Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.


Patients at Aleesha D Acupuncture say they feel cared for and listened to. They are happy to get the much-needed pain and stress relief from their treatments!


Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka this summer to schedule!

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 207 East Main Street just off Highway 10 with free parking.

Get in and Feel Better, Move Forward!



This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

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