Acupuncture: Traditional Medicine, Modern Alternative

by Mohmed Shoeb Chikhlikar, R.Ac, B.Sc.

Acupuncture is ancient Chinese medical system that involves insertion of fine needles under the skin to produce therapeutic effects.

Now, one may iterate how does inserting a needle have anything to do with healing? Well, Neurophysiologist, Bruce Pomeranz at the University of Toronto suggests that needles trigger the nervous system, releasing painkilling and inflammation-reducing substances.

Ancient Chinese discovered this property of needling millennia ago and have adequately perfected the art to create the unique healing system of acupuncture.  Some of the earliest written records of Acupuncture dating back to 200 B.C. reveal Huang Di – The Yellow emperor compiling “Nei Jing”, the theoretical basis of acupuncture. Exact historical origins of acupuncture in China are unknown, however, it is evident that the practice of acupuncture has been devised and perfected for at least 3000 years.

This traditional health care system is delivering some promising results for a wide variety of health conditions. The largest and most rigorous trial undertaken in Germany investigated the analgesic effects of acupuncture versus traditional medical approaches for lower back pain. Published in Archives of Internal Medicine 2007, this study involved 1,802 patients, 13,475 treatments and concluded that acupuncture “constituted a strong treatment alternative to 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 the number of viable pregnancies. A study conducted in Sweden in 2008 ascertained that acupuncture can eliminate the use of additional drugs and reduce nausea suffered during radiation therapy.

So book your appointment today to experience how acupuncture can help alleviate your health conditions in a holistic way!

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