The Science Behind Acupuncture and AnxietyThere's some evidence that acupuncture may be beneficial in treatment of anxiety (including generalized anxiety disorder), according to a research review published in 2007. However, the review's authors caution that more research needs to be conducted before any firm conclusions about acupuncture's anti-anxiety effects can be drawn. In analyzing 12 previously published clinical trials, the authors also found "some limited evidence" in favor of the use of acupuncture for pre-surgery anxiety.
Other research indicates that acupuncture may help tame anxiety caused by certain stress-inducing situations. For instance, a 2007 study of 67 people undergoing painful dental work found that a pre-treatment acupuncture session was just as effective as anti-anxiety medication in lowering anxiety levels.