Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine have survived for centuries, and has spread to the West because it is safe and effective. Its popularity continues to grow, and there is now a growing body of research by prominent healthcare institutions that demonstrates its efficacy in the treatment of many health disorders.

The FDA in on May 10th 2017 released a statement recommending a change in its blueprint on how doctors and other healthcare professionals are trained and suggests these professionals learn more about Acupuncture in treating pain. The FDA suggests that Acupuncture be tried before other costly medical procedures. I think this is wonderful news.

The Mayo Clinic has recommended Acupuncture for pain treatment and management. A Mayo clinic study between the years of 2004 and 2008 showed that acupuncture was effective in treating back, neck, and other joint pain. At the Mayo clinic Acupuncture is also used to treat Myofacial pain syndromes, Fibromyalgia, and headache. Acupuncture has been endorsed by the National Institute of Health since 1997. Continuing research continues and one of the most current research topics on pain was in October 2016. The results of this study showed that acupuncture with electro stimulation applied to specific regions of the body was effective in raising the levels of specific neuro-transmiters (neuro-peptides) helpful in relieving pain.

Acupuncture: neuropeptide release produced by electrical stimulation of different frequencies

An MRI study on Acupuncture reduces pain was posted on WEB MD in 1999. How was the study done you might ask since needles can not be in place during and MRI. Simply put, one group had sham acupuncture where they were tricked into believing they had acupuncture and the other group had the true acupuncture but needles were reemoved right before the MRI. In the study both groups had never had acupuncture so they would be unaware what the true sensation would feel like. Each group in the study was provided a stimulus to the acupuncture point between the thumb and the index finger better known as LI-4. The group getting the true acupuncture was better able to tolerate the pain stimulus and also demonstrated decreased brain activity level for the pain stimulus.

MRI Shows That Acupuncture Treatments Reduce Pain




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