"Promising results have emerged, for example, showing efficacy of acupuncture in adult postoperative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting and in postoperative dental pain. There are other situations such as addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma, in which acupuncture may be useful as an adjunct treatment or an acceptable alternative or be included in a comprehensive management program."

National Institutes of Health

Articles from Health World

What is Acupuncture?
From California State Oriental Medicine Association
"The intent of acupuncture therapy is to promote health and alleviate pain and suffering. The method by which this is accomplished, though it may seem strange and mysterious to many, has been time tested over thousands of years and continues to be validated today."

How Does Acupuncture Work?
By George T. Lewith, M.A.
"The fact of the matter is that acupuncture does work, and has been shown to do so, but the exact answer as to how it works is unclear."

NIH Panel's Consensus Statement on Acupuncture
There is clear evidence that needle acupuncture treatment is effective for postoperative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting, nausea of pregnancy, and postoperative dental pain.

Acupuncture, A Brief Introduction
by Jeffrey A. Singer

from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
"Currently, one of the main reasons Americans seek acupuncture treatment is to relieve chronic pain, especially from conditions such as arthritis or lower back disorders."

by Subhuti Dharmananda, Ph.D.
"Especially good results are expected from electro-acupuncture treatment of neurological diseases, including chronic pain, spasm, and paralysis."

Articles from Health Scout

Study Finds Acupuncture Effective Treatment for Lower Back Pain
"The study is small but well done and is another entry in the growing body of evidence that shows acupuncture can be an accepted and very effective form of therapy for some people," says Dillard, clinical advisor to Columbia University's Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and assistant clinical professor at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Study Shows Acupuncture Offers Relief in Emergency Room
"Acupuncture is a very feasible treatment to use in the emergency department," says Dr. Martha Grout, a Phoenix doctor and acupuncturist. "It's a wonderful treatment to use in addition to standard Western medicine."   ...   "There's nothing better than Western medicine to treat acute emergency problems," she says, but acupuncture's role shouldn't be overlooked.

Acupuncture May Help Infertile Couples with In Vitro Fertilization
"In a study of 160 women getting IVF, researchers from the Christian Lauritzen Institute in Ulm, Germany, used acupuncture before and after the embryo transfers in half the patients and found they helped increased the number of pregnancies."

Electric Stimulation Quells Queasiness, Dulls Pain after Breast Surgery
"Scientists say electrical stimulation that mimics needle pricks is more effective than the leading anti-nausea drug at controlling the lingering effects of anesthesia in women who undergo surgery for breast cancer, breast reduction, or breast enlargement. They also say it eases postoperative pain."

Articles from

Effect Of Acupuncture In The Treatment Of Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis
by James K. Rotchford, M.D.
"The results indicate that acupuncture is an effective and safe alternative treatment for the management of SAR."

A Controlled Trial on Acupuncture for Chronic Neck Pain
by James K. Rotchford, M.D.
"I am delighted to see a negative study in a journal of Chinese Medicine. Is it the first? This was an excellently reported study. We learned some important washout information about patients with chronic neck pain being treated with acupuncture."

Other Articles

Controlled Trial of Acupuncture for Cocaine Dependence
from Archives of Internal Medicine
"Findings from the current study suggest that acupuncture shows promise for the treatment of cocaine dependence."

Acupuncture May Improve Dry Mouth in Cancer Patients
from OncoLink
The "study, which included mainly patients with head and neck cancers treated with radiation, showed that acupuncture to the ear and index finger improved dry mouth in a majority of patients."

Acupuncture May Safely Treat Morning Sickness
"The use of acupuncture in early pregnancy will reduce or resolve symptoms of nausea and dry retching earlier than simply waiting for them to improve with time," lead study author Dr. Caroline Smith of Adelaide University in Australia told Reuters Health.

Acupuncture During Labor Lowers Need For Pain Meds
"Women who receive acupuncture during labor may be less likely to ask for an epidural to relieve their pain, and may even feel more relaxed, than those who go without the ancient Chinese treatment, Swedish researchers report."

Acupuncture and Electroacupuncture for the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis
a Cochrane Review

Laser Acupuncture May Treat Stubborn Carpal Tunnel
from Acupuncture Today
"It is my recommendation that this therapy be used as a first-line treatment," Naeser said.  "Rather than just simply alleviating the pain and symptoms, the treatment appears to cure the problem, although we have no way of knowing" how long patients remain pain-free without repeated followup visits.

Therapeutic Massage Beats Acupuncture For Treating Low Back Pain
By Donald J. Brown, N.D.
"The results of this new clinical trial suggest that while acupuncture may be useful over a short period of time, therapeutic massage is the superior long-term treatment. The primary massage techniques used in the trial included Swedish massage, movement re-education, deep tissue massage, and trigger- or pressure-point techniques. In addition, the licensed massage therapists treating patients in the study commonly recommended stretching exercises following each visit as well as "body awareness" techniques to help patients become more aware of body sensations and movement and early warning signs of injury."

Incorporating Medical Acupuncture Into Standard Medical Practice
by James Rotchford, M.D.


Acupuncture & TCM Links from Vilberto C. Oliveira

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National College of Naturopathic Medicine

Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Articles from The New England Journal of Medicine


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Ken Boss, Andrew W. Ellis, Nigel Wiseman, Fundamentals of Chinese Acupuncture

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Gary F. Fleischman, Acupuncture: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask

Tom Williams, Ph.D., The Complete Illustrated Guide to Chinese Medicine

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