” There is sufficient evidence of acupuncture’s value to expand its use into conventional medicine.” National Institute of Health, 1997 Consensus on Acupuncture
With the support of new studies conducted by leading hospitals, medical research facilities, and scientists from around the world, acupuncture is beginning to be understood by modern science. Acupuncture is now receiving acceptance as a respected, valid and effective form of health care.
- Medical Doctors now refer patients to acupuncture more than any other alternative health care provider.
- In Canada in a 2008 study conducted by the Institute for Work and Health concluded that low back pain, the most common musculoskeletal problem, can be relieved by acupuncture massage, called Tui Na, more effectively than any other treatment.
- A German study published in Archives of Internal Medicine in 2007 covered the largest and most rigorous trial ever undertaken to investigate the analgesic effects of acupuncture versus traditional medical approaches to relieve lower back pain. This study involved 1,802 patients and 13,475 treatments and concluded that acupuncture ” constituted a strong treatment alternative to multimodal conventional therapy, giving physicians a promising and effective treatment option for chronic lower back pain.”
- The British Medical Journal in 2008 reported that acupuncture can increase the success rate of in-vitro fertilization and increase the number of viable pregnancies. The additional benefits were listed as reduction in nausea and muscle pain associated with both IVF and pregnancy in general without the use of drugs that might harm the growing fetus.
- In Sweden, a 2008 study involving 215 cancer patients proved that acupuncture can eliminate the need for additional drugs and reduces nausea suffered during radiation treatments.
- A 2007 study from the University of Heidelberg in Germany concluded that acupuncture treatments can not only relieve the pain associated with bronchial asthma but also helps to control outbreaks of allergic asthma as well. It became clearly evident that “acupuncture performed in accordance with the principles of traditional Chinese medicine showed significant immune-modulating effects.”