Acupuncture provides not only relief from pain and healing from illness but also prevents disease and promotes overall health and well-being. Over 5,000 years, acupuncture has been an effective modality to achieve all of these results. Western medicine has struggled to understand the focus of traditional Chinese medicine because it is based on paradigms that are completely different from Western medical constructs. However, acupuncture is gaining ground as a viable referral from medical physicians, in part due to research and studies funded and conducted by respected institutions and researchers throughout the United States, Germany, Canada and the U.K.
In October 2010, the medical journal Heart published results of a study which showed that acupuncture can dramatically improve exercise tolerance levels in patients suffering from chronic heart failure. After acupuncture treatments, “the patients could walk far longer than those in the placebo group” and “they recovered more quickly after exercise and reported they felt far less exhausted.” (http://www.naturalnews.com/z029377_acupuncture_heart_failure.html)
In December 2010, findings using functional magnetic resonance imaging were presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America which clearly showed a positive change in the metabolic activity of patients’ brains receiving acupuncture treatment. Observing areas of the brain that are activated during pain perception, “The team found that the pain activation centers in the participants’ brains became less active and even deactivated in the presence of acupuncture treatment.” (http://www.naturalnews.com/z030736_acupuncture_chronic_pain.html) Continue reading