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Ancient Chinese acupuncture chart

About Acupuncture

With a historical record stretching back some 2000 years, and spanning many cultures and continents, understanding acupuncture can be confounding to practitioner and patient alike. It is one of the oldest and most widely used medical practices in the world, yet it was only in the 1950’s that so-called “Traditional Chinese Medicine” was systematically organized by an emerging modern Chinese state. In China today Traditional Chinese Medicine exists side by side with Western medicine in an integrated health care system.

Acupuncture began to enter into the broader public awareness in this country in 1971 when James Reston, a New York Time’s reporter, had to undergo emergency appendectomy surgery in Beijing and published an account of how Chinese physicians eased his post surgical pain with acupuncture. This article was the first time many Americans had heard of traditional Chinese medical practices. Since then Chinese medicine has caused great interest in the United States and has continued to evolve.

The first licenses to practice acupuncture were issued by the states of Oregon and Nevada in 1973, and the first acupuncture school in the country - the New England School of Acupuncture - was established in 1979. Acupuncture was not a licensed profession in Texas until 1993.

In 1997 a Consensus Development Conference sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and several other agencies concluded "there is sufficient evidence...of acupuncture's value to expand its use into conventional medicine and to encourage further studies of its physiology and clinical value", and in 1998 Congress established the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

In 2003 the World Health Organization published Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials which lists over two dozen disorders proven to be treated effectively with acupuncture, and many more for which threrapeutic effect has been shown but further proof is needed.

Today, several major hospitals and clinical centers around the country use acupuncture, including Massachusetts General Hospital of Harvard University, UCLA Hospital, University of Maryland, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Acupuncture: Some science

While the mechanisms of acupuncture are not completely understood, research demonstrates acupuncture's effect on the limbic system in the brain and it is known that levels of neurotransmitters such as endomorphin-1, beta endorphin, encephalin, and serotonin increase in plasma and brain tissue with acupuncture. Other research seeks to explain a biological basis for the local effects of acupuncture. And the work of such vanguards as Mae-Wan Ho challenges our very understanding of biology, and how acupuncture fits into this.

Acupuncture use in the USA

According to the most recent National Health Interview Survey, approximately 3.1 million adults in the United States used acupuncture in 2006, representing a 30 percent increase over the 2002 estimate - but still only about 1% of the population.

Community acupuncture

The practice of community acupuncture is a grassroots movement intended to greatly increase access to acupuncture and widen its usage. Here is a series of articles by Lisa Rohleder that articulates the vision of community acupuncture.

For all it's seeming complexity, fundamentally the thing about acupuncture that is important is it's practicality.

People often think of acupuncture as being effective for complex, difficult, or uncommon problems that Western medicine has limited success with. Unfortunately, this contributes to the perception of acupuncture as a medicine of last resort, or that acupuncture is somehow miraculous in its effects.

Acupuncture is in fact fairly straight forward, and well suited for all manner of ordinary problems. The reason that acupuncture is sometimes effective for complex and unusual conditions is not because acupuncture itself is complex and unusual, but because acupuncture is basically somewhat effective for most things.

And notably, it is helpful in some important general ways that can benefit just about everyone. Acupuncture has an overall effect of reducing stress and boosting normal function, so things like sleep, digestion, energy level, and mental clarity all tend to improve.

You also don't have to have a specific problem, per se, to get acupuncture. It's good preventative care, and it just feels good. Most people fall asleep when they get acupuncture and awaken rejuvinated and refreshed.



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