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Relieve stress naturally with acupuncture

Your body is hardwired to react to stress. But if you are constantly on alert, your health can pay the price.

We recently got this email from a viewer looking for some relief.

Dear Dr. Manny,
I heard acupuncture can help relieve stress, but how many treatments do you need?
Thanks,
MaryAnn

Long-term stress on the body can put you at risk for numerous conditions:

-Heart disease
-Sleep problems
-Digestive problems
-Depression
-Obesity
-Memory impairment

And new research shows you can actually wear the effects of stress on your face.

Acupuncture can be a great way to relieve stress naturally. Each person responds to treatment in a different way, so the number of sessions required can vary.

Experts recommend a minimum of one session per week for five to eight weeks, and patients often start to feel an immediate reduction in stress after just one session.

You should always talk to your doctor before making any lifestyle changes, and make sure you find a licensed practitioner for treatment.

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Dr. Manny Alvarez serves as Fox News Channel's Senior Managing Editor for Health News. Prior to this position, Alvarez was a FNC medical contributor. Click here more information on Dr. Manny's work with Hackensack University Medical Center. Visit AskDrManny.com for more.