Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical treatment that has been used with great success for more than 3,000 years.
Hair-like sterilized, disposable, stainless steel needles are inserted into specific acupoints to stimulate the brain to releases B-endorphins and natural opiates (the body's natural pain-killing hormones) into the blood stream and spinal column. It helps relaxing muscle fibers, increasing oxygenation at the cellular level, and activating the patient’s autoimmune system.
Insurance coverage on acupuncture is commonly available.
In the late 1970s, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized the ability of acupuncture and Oriental medicine to treat nearly four dozen common ailments, including neuromusculoskeletal conditions (such as arthritis, neuralgia, insomnia, dizziness, and neck/shoulder pain); emotional and psychological disorders (such as depression and anxiety); circulatory disorders (such as hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis and anemia); addictions to alcohol, nicotine and other drugs; respiratory disorders (such as emphysema, sinusitis, allergies and bronchitis); and gastrointestinal conditions (such as food allergies, ulcers, chronic diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, intestinal weakness, anorexia and gastritis). In recent years, World Health Organization (WHO) keeps reconfirming the efficiency of acupuncture on their statements. In addition, National Institutes of Health (NIH) releases the similar conclusion on their studies.
The following are some of the examples:
“According to the NIH Consensus Statement on Acupuncture, there have been many studies on acupuncture's potential usefulness, but results have been mixed because of complexities with study design and size, as well as difficulties with choosing and using placebos or sham acupuncture. However, promising results have emerged, showing efficacy of acupuncture, for example, in adult postoperative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting and in postoperative dental pain. There are other situations--such as addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low-back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma--in which acupuncture may be useful as an adjunct treatment or an acceptable alternative or be included in a comprehensive management program. An NCCAM-funded study recently showed that acupuncture provides pain relief, improves function for people with osteoarthritis of the knee, and serves as an effective complement to standard care. Further research is likely to uncover additional areas where acupuncture interventions will be useful.” – National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NCCAM, NIH)
“… the effectiveness of acupuncture, a popular treatment for relieving pain, has been demonstrated both through numerous clinical trials and laboratory experiments.” – World Health Organization (WHO), JUNE 22, 2004
“Acupuncture has been proven effective in relieving postoperative pain, nausea during pregnancy, nausea and vomiting resulting from chemotherapy, and dental pain with extremely low side effects. It can also alleviate anxiety, panic disorders and insomnia.” – World Health Organization (WHO), May 2003
“The efficacy of acupuncture in relieving pain and nausea has been well established” – World Health Organization (WHO), May 16, 2002