With Acupuncture, the Proof is in the Evidence

It’s only taken around 3,000 years or so, but thanks to real, quantifiable evidence, acupuncture is finally starting to be taken seriously by practitioners of Western medicine. 

First practiced in China, acupuncture stimulates specific points on the body, most often by inserting thin needles through the skin. Doing so encourages the flow of energy (Qi, or Chi) through the body, allowing it to find equilibrium and to achieve balance. Each year, more people are turning to this ancient treatment as a way to manage their pain. At last count, more than 14 million U.S. patients have tried acupuncture. That’s a lot of needles.

But pain management is just one of the many benefits of acupuncture. More and more studies are now proving that acupuncture can yield positive results for a wide range of medical conditions. Over the past couple decades, more than 13,000 studies on acupuncture as a medical treatment have been conducted in over 60 countries. In The Acupuncture Evidence Project — A Comparative Literature Review (2017), John McDonald and Stephen Janz looked at the evidence from these studies and found that acupuncture had some type of notable effect for 117 different medial conditions.

Some of the conditions where there was evidence that acupuncture had a positive effect included allergies, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, postoperative nausea and vomiting, postoperative pain, chronic low-back pain, headache, knee osteoarthritis, and migraine prevention. Other areas where there was evidence of potential positive effect included stroke, anxiety, asthma in adults, back/pelvic pain during pregnancy, obesity, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, smoking cessation, and hypertension.

The bottom line: acupuncture is a real, evidence-based treatment for a wide variety of common medical conditions. If you’d like to learn more, stop in today and I’d be happy to discuss how acupuncture might be able to help you.

—Shawn Kissick, L.Ac, DOM, DQM, Founder


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