There is a lot of information and misinformation floating around out there about the efficacy of alternative medical techniques, and acupuncture in particular. First things first: acupuncture has been practiced as a traditional component of Chinese medicine for more than five millennia. Based on the body’s divisions of twelve meridians, each meridian corresponds to a major organ. Professional acupuncturists insert needles into specified points along these meridian lines to influence and restore the balance to the flow of natural energies. There are over 1,000 acupuncture points on the body.
If you think that ancient Chinese medical practice does not have 21st Century application, think again. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reclassified acupuncture needles from “experimental” to “medical device” in 1997. Furthermore in that same year, the National Institutes of Health released a statement of endorsement approving acupuncture for the treatment of post-operative recovery pain, tennis elbow, and even carpal tunnel syndrome. In fact, acupuncture is so well known that the FDA estimates that Americans spend more than $500 million on acupuncture treatments each year. In fact, many insurance carriers are now accepting acupuncture as a legitimate medical treatment.
As with any medical procedure, science has numerous theories about how exactly acupuncture works. Some of the more popular theories include the rapid release of endorphins; influences the release of neuro-transmitting chemicals; and influences the natural anatomical electrical currents. Acupuncture has been proven effective against many diseases and conditions such as:
- Migraines, sinusitis, and tension headaches
- The common cold
- Tennis elbow
- Sciatica and arthritis
- Menstrual cramps
- Fibromyalgia and other non-descript muscle pain
- Facilitate weight loss or smoking cessation
With traditional American medical care costs sky-rocketing; patients are searching desperately for alternatives. In order to achieve a bit of perspective, the United States, as a nation, has been in existence for just under 250 years. By contrast, Acupuncture has been proven as a successful treatment for a wide variety of conditions and diseases for more than 5,000 years. You have maybe tried everything else. Try acupuncture…it’s for real.