Acupuncture, a Chinese traditional medicine dating from 3000 to 2000 bc, involves stimulating specific points in the body for therapeutic purposes. Puncturing the skin with a needle is the usual method of application, but acupuncturists may also use heat, pressure, friction, suction, or impulses of electromagnetic energy to stimulate acupuncture points. Stimulated acupuncture points alter the chemical neurotransmitters released and the therapeutic effects result from the associated changes in the chemical balance of the body. Acupuncture is used for many ailments, including chronic pain, drug addiction, arthritis, chemotherapy-induced nausea, and mental illness (History of Acupuncture, Chinese Acupuncture, Medical Acupuncture).
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine that stimulates specific points in the body in order to restore a proper balance of various chemicals. This practice is used to treat a range of conditions, including chronic pain, drug addiction, arthritis, and mental illness (History of Acupuncture, Chinese Acupuncture, Medical Acupuncture).
In the past 40 years acupuncture has become a well-known and widely available treatment in both developed and developing countries. More than 50 schools of acupuncture in the United States are accredited or candidates for accreditation by the National Accreditation Commission for Schools and Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Many conventionally trained physicians take courses in acupuncture and incorporate it into their practices. Licensure or registration in acupuncture is available in 35 states plus the District of Columbia. It is estimated that some 12 million health-care visits per year are for acupuncture (History of Acupuncture, Chinese Acupuncture, Medical Acupuncture).
Acupuncture is one of the most thoroughly researched and documented alternative medical practices. In 1998 an NIH panel reviewed scientific studies of acupuncture and concluded that the technique is effective at relieving nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy and surgical anesthesia. Good evidence suggests that it also relieves nausea during pregnancy and pain after dental surgery. Controlled studies have also demonstrated some positive effects of acupuncture on a variety of other conditions, but so far the statistical results have not been conclusive (History of Acupuncture, Chinese Acupuncture, Medical Acupuncture).
History of Acupuncture | Chinese Acupuncture | Medical Acupuncture