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Acupuncture Reduces Stress without Negatively Affecting Empathy

by Friselina Locadia, LAc

A recent study was done on health care workers using auricular acupuncture to reduce stress levels. Health care work is a profession where empathy and caring for patients is integral and an absolute necessity. Subjects administered the treatment tested much lower on the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory test for stress levels and higher in courage and patients on the Caring Ability Inventory. This is great news for anyone working as a health care provider because this can be one of the most stressful jobs out there. To know that you can reduce your stress levels in such an environment in a safe, natural way while maintaining your passion for your work and the people around you is a godsend. Anyone in a high stress professional life should definitely see an acupuncturist to discover how it can help you live better and work better.
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