Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years, which is more than we can say for most health care modalities. But as curious humans, we are always searching for the whys and hows of this ancient system. It is challenging to study a holistic technique using our modern, reductionist research techniques. Acupuncture theory and treatment is a complex system involving comprehensive diagnosis and a wide variety of point choices specific to each individual. This level of treatment variability gives most researchers hives, but there are some new studies this year that are shedding more light onto the mystery of acupuncture. The BBC recently aired a documentary, “The Science of Acupuncture” that is a great look at how science is approaching this age-old technique.
Body pain is one area that is a little easier to study and is one of the top reasons for doctor visits and diagnostic tests. A new, comprehensive analysis of existing research, financed by the NIH, gives us a definitive YES to acupuncture for the treatment of chronic pain.
Pain medication has been the go-to treatment for most physicians, but we are learning more about the dangers of this as a first line of defense for pain management. Military groups, such as the Army Pain Management Task force, are moving away from pharmaceuticals and relying more on alternative treatments such as acupuncture to help injured soldiers.
The science behind acupuncture is slowly being revealed, but Science may never fully explain this ancient healing art. Contact our acupuncturists to learn more about how we can help you stay healthy and pain free.
Army Pain Management link: http://www.npr.org/2012/02/16/146944270/military-pokes-holes-in-acupuncture-skeptics-theory