Does Acupuncture Work?
In November 1997, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) stated, " there is sufficient evidence of acupuncture's value to expand its use into conventional medicine and to encourage further studies of its physiological and clinical value." The panel determined that evidence for relief of post-operative pain and nausea associated with pregnancy or chemotherapy is clear cut. Other conditions, including stroke, headache and chronic low back pain, were listed as benefiting from acupuncture. The panel also noted that acupuncture appears to be effective in relieving common disorders such as menstrual cramps, muscle pain, carpel tunnel syndrome, addition, and asthma. They also recognized that acupuncture treatment can result in a reduction in the amount of pain medication or anesthesia that might otherwise be required.
In April 2002 a group of German and Chinese scientists concluded a study of 160 patients going through Assisted Reproductive Technologies procedues and found that "acupuncture therapy improves pregnancy rate."
In December 2002 a group of physician/scientists at New York Weill Cornell Medical Center cited several promising fertility boosting benefits of acupuncture and called for a definitive study of acupuncture as a fertility treatment. Some of the potential (yet to be scientifically proven) benfits listed in their article in Fertility & Sterility are:
* Increased blood flow to the uterus and resulting in uterine wall thickening.
* Increased endorphine production which is believed to effect the release of GnRH, involved in regulating reproduction.
* Lower stress hormones responsible for infertility.
* Impact on plasma levels of FSH, LH, estradiol, and progesterone, all fertility hormones.
* Normalization of the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian process.
* A positive effect for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Why Try Acupuncture?
The focus of Oriental Medicine is on the well being of the entire person. The significance of this approach is that while Western Medicine tends to concentrate on relieving specific symptoms, such as making you headache go away, the goal of acupuncture is to resolve the underlying source of your symptoms - what caused the headache in the first place. By focusing on alleviating the origin of the ailment rather than on simply relieving the symptoms, this all-inclusive, in-depth approach to medicine tends to produce an overall strengthening and balancing of the general health of the body and mind.
Acupuncture can be an effective alternative to treatments that may require the use of invasive procedures. Controlling knee or back pain with acupuncture rather than resorting to surgery, or regulating the menstrual cycle with acupuncture and herbs rather than taking prescription medications are good examples. Also, using prescription medications to regulate your period is simply a method of fooling your body. Acupuncturists actually focus on correcting the cause of the irregular menses and work to bring you back to better health.
In direct contrast to many Western approaches, where we are often warned of "possible side effects", the side effects of acupuncture tend to be beneficial. Improving circulation to relieve knee pain tends to have a positive effect on circulation throughout the body. This, in turn, can improve energy, stamina, reduce stress, and even emotional well being.
Acupuncture is effective for many conditions, a few of which are:
* Amenorrea * Abdominal Pain
* Cramps * Colitis
* Endometriosis * Constipation
* Infertility * Crohn's Disease
* PMS * Diarrhea
* Menopause Symptoms * Hyperacidity
* Morning Sickness * Irritable Bowel Syn.
* Bells Palsy * Arthritis
* Facial Pain * Back Pain
* Headaches/ Migraines * Fibromyalgia
* Parkinson's Disease * Neck/Shoulder Pain
* Postoperative Pain * Soft Tissue Injuries
* Multiple Sclerosis * Trauma
* Allergy * Anxiety
* Asthma * Depression
* Bronchitis * Fatigue
* Common Cold * Hypertension
* Rhinitis * Insomnia
* Skin Problems * Stress
* Chronic Fatigue * Smoking Cessation
* Fibromyalgia * Weight Control
* Multiple Sclerosis