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Acupuncture for Stress and Anxiety in Boston

Acupuncture for Stress & Anxiety in Boston - Johnston Family Acupuncture

Acupuncture can help you live a life with better managed stress and anxiety.

Recent studies show that weekly acupuncture is comparable to western treatments with depression/anxiety medications (SSRI’s) in relieving symptoms. Those looking for an integrative approach notice that together with their own coping skills and medication, attending regular acupuncture sessions also report lower levels of stress and anxiety than those that do not.


We at Johnston Family Acupuncture want to help you better manage your anxiety so you can focus on what’s really important. We’re licensed by the state of Massachusetts to practice acupuncture for stress and anxiety in Boston.

How does acupuncture help with anxiety?

Acupuncture needles placed in specific locations on your body help to release endorphins, your body’s natural painkiller, as well as other neurotransmitters that interact with your brain chemistry to stimulate natural healing. In addition to this, acupuncture sessions are relaxing, with many of our patients even falling asleep during their sessions!


Are there other benefits to acupuncture treatments?

Besides the relaxing and calming effects of an acupuncture session, acupuncture causes your body to release endorphins and improve blood flow. This in turn can help other issues caused by anxiety such as indigestion, headaches and insomnia.


Is it safe to treat stress and anxiety with acupuncture?

Generally speaking, acupuncture is safe regardless of your medical history or current medications. You may experience mild soreness and bruising at the acupuncture sites but these issues will typically clear up after a few days.


To find out if acupuncture for stress and anxiety in Boston is right for you, call us at 617-602-3868 to schedule a treatment.


Does acupuncture have any side effects?

Acupuncture is typically pain free, with a needle being about the width of a human hair. During the treatment, you may feel a light pinch as the needle is inserted, and after treatment you may have mild bruising or soreness at the acupuncture site. Any bruising or soreness usually subsides within a day or two.

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How long does acupuncture take to lower stress and anxiety levels?

Not long at all! Most patients will experience reduced stress and anxiety after their first session, and will continue to improve while treatment continues.

What should I wear during an acupuncture session?

We recommend that you wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing during your acupuncture session. This serves to promote relaxation and allows us to access crucial acupuncture points more easily.

Are you thinking about acupuncture treatment for stress and anxiety?

Contact us at 617-602-3868, or book an appointment online.

What can I expect during a session of acupuncture for stress and anxiety?

Your first acupuncture treatment, you should expect to talk in depth about your entire health history. Then a physical exam will be performed by checking your tongue, pulse, and abdomen. Following the diagnosis, we will prescribe and administer the treatment protocol that will work best for you.


Once the needles are inserted, calming music, dim lights and a heat lamp will keep you relaxed as you rest for about 30 minutes. At then end of the treatment, depending on your issues we might use other techniques such as cupping, moxa or nutritional guidelines to help on your pathway to wellness.

How often should I have acupuncture sessions?

In the beginning, we recommend having an acupuncture session every week. During this time, you’ll gradually feel lower stress and anxiety levels. Once you feel better, we recommend a session at least once a month for maintenance.


How can I start acupuncture treatment for stress and anxiety?


To find acupuncture for stress and anxiety in Boston and see if acupuncture is right for you, contact us at 617-602-3868 to schedule a consultation.

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How can I start acupuncture treatment for stress and anxiety?


To find out if acupuncture to treat stress and anxiety is right for you, contact us at

617-602-3868, or book an appointment online.