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"How Needles Pricking Your Skin May Actually Ease Anxiety in Adults with Parkinson’s" |

Owner of Elixir Lifestyle Medicine in Ventura California, Dr Stace Nelson-Hicks was asked to weigh in on "How acupuncture may help alleviate symptoms of anxiety".

After conducting a comprehensive review with someone living with PD, a doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine will be able to make a diagnosis that tells them which acupuncture points on the body will be receiving the needles, said Stace Nelson-Hicks, DACM.

Depending on where the needles are placed, acupuncture can stimulate the nervous system to produce pain-killing chemicals, energize the body’s natural ability to heal itself, or even trigger the part of the brain that controls emotions, such as anxiety.

“These acupuncture points have particular functions, which can stimulate the body’s own resources for healing,” she added. “In the case of this specific study, the researchers used standardized points, mostly on the head and scalp, as well as one on the wrist and one on the lower leg. All of these points are used traditionally to calm and nourish, which in turn reduces anxiety.”

Health experts also believe acupuncture could be useful for other symptoms experienced by adults with PD, including depression, insomnia, stress, memory and attention, or common physical symptoms (like tremors, stiffness, movement disorders, problems with balance/coordination and slow movements).

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