When you arise in the morning,
think of what a precious privilege it is
to be alive, to breathe,
to think, to enjoy,
- Marcus Aurelius
Eastern Medicine, whether dealing with Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine or both, is no more faith-based than Western Medicine. Animals have been successfully treated with Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine ever since people have, and they don't have any beliefs. They do not know what is placebo effect either.
In 2017 in South Florida someone found the Gopher tortoise with a cracked shell, and took it into the South Florida Wildlife Center for help. It was successfully treated by acupuncture:
“Horses have been receiving acupuncture for almost as long as people have—since the practice began in China some 2,500 years ago. As beasts of burden, horses were of tremendous value to the Chinese, and their health was almost as important as that of their owners. Today veterinary acupuncturists can treat nearly any animal, from a bear to a porcupine to a dog. Training courses, such as those from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, teach licensed veterinarians how to incorporate acupuncture into their practice.” (National Geographic):
Acupuncture helps millions of Americans every year. The attached survey by US Department of Health and Human Services - National Institutes of Health is from 11 years ago. The use of Acupuncture in the USA has come a long way since then:
Acupuncture is officially recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) (https://nccih.nih.gov/health/acupuncture/introduction), and the World Health Organization (WHO) (http://www.who.int/traditional-complementary-integrative-medicine/en/), to be effective in treatment of a wide variety of medical problems.
If administered properly, Acupuncture is one of the safest available therapies. For the safety and effectiveness of our medicine, NIH emphasizes the importance of your clinician’s training and credentials. Acupuncture Physicians in the State of Florida are licensed by The Department of Health’s Board of Acupuncture (http://floridasacupuncture.gov/), after completing 4-year Master’s Program, thousands of clinic hours, and successfully passing four comprehensive National Board exams.
The biggest factor in success or failure of our therapy is how motivated our patients are to get well by keeping their appointments, taking the prescribed herbal medicines and supplements, and, last but not least, making the recommended diet and lifestyle changes. Our medicine in most cases is not a quick fix, although the effects can be felt almost immediately. Our treatments help awaken your body’s natural healing systems, but, for the long-term results, we expect you to take the ownership of your health. Your energy level is dependent on the amount of rest you get, the kind of food you eat, hydration, exercise, regular relaxation, lifestyle. With our recommended changes in your lifestyle, along with our natural treatments and therapies, you can feel better and be able to do more of the stuff you love.
To observe the effect of acupuncture and moxibustion on insomnia and explore its mechanism.
One hundred and twenty patients were randomly divided into an experiment group and a control group.
Sixty patients in the experiment group were treated once a day with acupuncture at Baihui (GV 20), Sishencong (EX-HN 1), Shenmai (BL 62), and Zhaohai (KI 6) and with moxibustion at Baihui (GV 20) and Sishencong (EX-HN 1).
Sixty patients in the control group were acupunctured once a day at Shenmen (HT 7), Neiguan (PC 6), and Sanyinjiao (SP 6).
The Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) was used to compare sleep improvement between the two groups.
The total effective rate was 87.7% in the experiment group and 76.3% in the control group. The PSQI scores and the total score were lower after treatment than before treatment in both groups. However, the reduction in the experiment group was greater than that in the control group in sleeping quality, time to fall asleep, sleeping disorder, and daytime function (P < 0.05).
Acupuncture and moxibustion at Baihui (GV 20), Sishencong (EX-HN 1), Shenmai (BL 62), and Zhaohai (KI 6) significantly improved insomnia symptoms in the experiment group compared with the control group.
Gao X(1), Xu C, Wang P, Ren S, Zhou Y, Yang X, Gao L.
J Tradit Chin Med. 2013 Aug;33(4):428-32.
PMID: 24187860 [Indexed for MEDLINE]
PURPOSE OF REVIEW:
Acupuncture is now recommended for several chronic pain conditions. Despite supportive evidence of its effectiveness, this ancient approach is often misunderstood, and may still be underused in mainstream practice. A critical review on its effectiveness and practice integration, and mechanisms of action is essential to the medical community that is continuing to seek nonopioid therapies for chronic pain.
Mounting evidence supports the effectiveness of acupuncture to treat chronic low back, neck, shoulder, and knee pain, as well as headaches. Additional data are emerging that support the use of acupuncture as an adjunct or alternative to opioids, and in perioperative settings. Findings related to its mechanisms of action include transient receptor potential cation channel vanilloid 1 activation in the periphery, microglial suppression in the cerebral cortex and spinal cord, and regulation of cytokines and other key inflammatory factors in the spinal cord. Incremental integration of acupuncture into pain medicine practices and training programmes continues to grow.
Acupuncture is effective, safe, and cost-effective for treating several chronic pain conditions when performed by well-trained healthcare professionals.
Further studies on its use as an adjunct or alternative to opioids, and in perioperative settings are needed.
Yin C(1), Buchheit TE, Park JJ.
Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2017 Oct;30(5):583-592.
To compare the therapeutic effect of Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM), Acupuncture, and Hormone Therapy on menopause- related symptoms of peri- and postmenopausal women.
Fifty-seven women completed 2 months of treatment with either CHM (5 g twice daily, n = 22), acupuncture plus CHM (Kun Bao Wan) 5 g twice daily plus sessions of acupuncture, n = 20), or hormone therapy (n = 15).
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:
Kupperman index score, levels of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and estradiol, and the number of symptoms before and after treatment were the main outcome measures.
CHM, acupuncture plus CHM, and hormone therapy significantly decreased Kupperman score (P < .001 in each group) and number of symptoms (P < .05). The mean difference in Kupperman score between baseline and 2 months among the three groups was significantly varied (P = .02). The difference was only between acupuncture plus CHM and CHM with significantly better results by acupuncture plus CHM. Acupuncture plus CHM, as well as hormone therapy, significantly reduced the level of FSH (P < .05), but CHM alone didn't cause any significant decrease in FSH levels (P > .05). The mean difference in the level of FSH between baseline and 2 months among the three groups was significantly different (P = .02). This difference was only between CHM and hormone therapy with significantly better results by hormone therapy. The three treatments didn't make any significant increase in the level of E2 (P > .05).
Application of the combination of Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture proved as effective as hormone therapy in the treatment of menopause-related symptoms, and it achieved better outcomes than Herbal Medicine alone.
Azizi H(1), Feng Liu Y, Du L, Hua Wang C, Bahrami-Taghanaki H, Ollah Esmaily H, Azizi H, Ou Xue X.
Altern Ther Health Med. 2011 Jul-Aug;17(4):48-53.
PMID: 22314633 [Indexed for MEDLINE]
This research study included 27 female patients who applied for medical treatment of arthralgias and myalgias. They were found to have elevated levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone in conjunction with the normal concentrations of thyroid hormones.
The therapeutic procedures included corporal and auricular acupuncture, introduction of needles into the reflexogenic scalp and wrist zones (depending on clinical symptoms) and into the thyroid gland projection zones on the skin, massage of paravertebral regions of the cervical and thoracic spine using a bone scraper (the Gua Sha healing technique).
Twenty of the 27 patients completed two therapeutic courses with a 3-4 month interval between them.
The acupuncture treatment resulted in a significant decrease of the number and severity of the initial clinical symptoms; the levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone fell down to the physiological values, characteristics of the quality of life became comparable with those of healthy subjects.
It is concluded that acupuncture may be regarded as an alternative to substitution therapy of subclinical hypothyroidism.
Luzina KÉ, Luzina LL, Vasilenko AM.
Vopr Kurortol Fizioter Lech Fiz Kult. 2011 Sep-Oct;(5):29-33.
PMID: 22165143 [Indexed for MEDLINE]