Acupuncture in the West

Acupuncture is the art of needle insertion at very specific points which are believed to affect certain conditions and balance the body naturally. Acupuncture enjoys an extensive history having originated in China several centuries ago as a whole healthcare system where it was utilized in some fashion for a multitude of conditions. According to an article titled “A true history of acupuncture” published by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain in 2004, acupuncture and Chinese medicine was first mentioned in Western literature in the early 13th century by William of Rubruck. The same article mentions that acupuncture in the US was popular at the beginning of the early 19th century, but then fell out of favor and faded from use. The modern resurgence of acupuncture dates to the 1970’s and continues into modern times.

Today people are enjoying the benefits of acupuncture from well crafted, sterile stainless steel disposable needles. Although the belief that acupuncture balanced an energy in the body called qi by using points on energy lines called meridians that course through the body, has in the scientific community, morphed into a neurologic model based on MRI evidence showing brain activity in pain and other centers is altered by acupuncture, the effect is not tied to the belief of why it works. Noting the success of acupuncture treatment, acupuncture research is on the rise.  

Evidence for Acupuncture

The Department of Veterans Affair published a significant report generated by the Evidence-based Synthesis Program (ESP) Center in January 2014 on the effectiveness of acupuncture for specific conditions. According to their report, there is considerable evidence that acupuncture has a positive effect on:

  • Chronic Pain
  • Headaches
  • Migraines

and has a potential positive effect on other pain including:

  • General Pain
  • Cancer Pain
  • Dysmenorrhea Pain
  • Osteoarthritis Pain
  • Tempomandibular Joint Pain
  • Pregnancy and Labor Pain
  • And others

Acupuncture also has a potential positive effect on mental health issues including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Schizophrenia

 and quality of life issues:

  • Insomnia
  • Obesity
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Post-operative Nausea and Vomiting
  • And others 

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