There have been many studies and articles published in the past few years showing the effectiveness of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. We are bringing traditional medical practices out of the past and into the present in order to promote our bodies’ natural ability to heal. Read the articles below to learn more.
Chinese Medicine: The Next Step in Cancer Recovery?: Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is NOT a substitute for cancer treatments. Acupuncture and herbal remedies have reduced the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, and can improve quality of life during cancer treatments. This article from CNN explains more.
Acupuncture – Patient Version: Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is NOT a substitute for cancer treatments. This article from the National Cancer Institute answers common questions about the use of acupuncture for improving symptoms including fatigue, dry mouth, hot flashes, and nausea/vomiting.
Acupuncture for Chronic Pain: Individual Patient Data Meta-Analysis: This study from 2012 concluded acupuncture to be effective in reducing chronic pain. The article also states that acupuncture is more than the placebo effect, showing a significant difference between true and sham acupuncture sessions.
Infertility and Acupuncture: The American Pregnancy Association promotes acupuncture to improve chances of pregnancy during cases of infertility.
Fertility and Hormone Therapy
Acupuncture Improves Pregnancy Rates: Estrogen tablets alone had a 20% success rate of pregnancy in this study. When used in combination with acupuncture, pregnancy rates were increased by 13.3 percent.
Acupuncture Herniated Disc Pain Finding: This study of 90 patients with herniated discs has an overall success rate of 93.3% when using acupuncture with heat therapy. 19 of these patients reported at least a 95% improvement in symptoms.
Acupuncture Modulates Cortical Thickness and Functional Connectivity in Osteoarthritis Patients: 30 patients were given a total of 6 acupuncture treatments. At the end of the study, the patients receiving true acupuncture treatments show less reduction in the cortical thickness and less pain.
Painful Menstruation Relief Finding: Researchers in Australia performed a study to reduce pain associated with menstruation. Patients reported both the intensity and duration of pain to be reduced, as well as improvements with secondary symptoms such as PMS and nausea.
Post-Operative Nausea and Vomiting
The Effectiveness of Acupuncture in Prevention and Treatment of Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting: This study showed the benefits of just one acupuncture point to relieve post-operative nausea and vomiting.
PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury
Can Acupuncture Improve Sleep for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD?: 60 veterans were studied for a total of 10 sessions each. Wrist actigraphy (similar to a fitbit: this device is worn on the wrist and monitors sleep activity) showed a significant improvement in sleep efficiency.
Acupuncture MRI Discovery for Sciatica Relief: Patients were given an MRI after acupuncture treatments. Results show changes in the brain that indicate a decrease in pain, and patients report improvements in both pain levels and duration of pain.
Effect of Acupuncture on Smoking Cessation or Reduction: Acupuncture can curb cravings, reduce the desire to smoke, alter the taste of tobacco, and reduce withdrawal symptoms.
Why Acupuncture Works
New Scientific Breakthrough Proves Why Acupuncture Works: This article discusses how an acupuncture needle transmits information to the rest of the body.