Acupuncture Research & Best Practices
Acupuncture Research & Best Practices have shown acupuncturists are effective in treating a number of conditions including pain, arthritis, headaches, and injuries. Below is a sample of research.
Acupuncture & Osteoarthritis: Acupuncture was a cost effective treatment strategy in patients with chronic osteoarthritis pain.” -European Journal of Health Economics, 2008
Acupuncture & Low Back Pain: There is strong evidence that acupuncture can be a useful supplement to physical therapy and should be advocated for the treatment of chronic low back pain.” -Spine, 2008
Acupuncture & Headaches: Acupuncture plus routine care in patients with headache was associated with marked clinical improvements compared with routine care alone.” -Cephalgia, 2008
Acupuncture & Total Hip and Knee Replacement: Acupuncture is a safe and effective adjunct to traditional methods of postoperative pain management after total hip and total knee replacement surgeries.” -California Journal of Oriental Medicine, 2005
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes 40 conditions that acupuncture has been shown to effectively treat. How Does Acupuncture Work? There are numerous models and schools of thought on how acupuncture works. Traditional Oriental Medicine asserts that the human body contains a system of pathways, similar to but separate from the nervous or circulatory systems. Qi (chi), the energetic aspect of all observable activity in the body, circulates through these channels or meridians. When the body is in a state of imbalance due to injury or chronic ailment, these pathways and the flow of Qi become blocked and pain or dysfunction may result. Western medical theories suggest acupuncture works to disrupt the perception of pain through modulation of the body’s pain processing mechanisms in the nervous system. General pain relief is also achieved by the stimulation of the body’s natural immune response and the release of endorphins and other hormones such as ACTH and oxytocin. There is a 72% correlation between acupuncture points as defined by Traditional Chinese Medicine, and western myofascial trigger points. Whichever system is applied, the aim is to reduce pain and muscle spasm, and improve general well being.