While the nay-sayers continue to mock the very real benefits of acupuncture, studies as well as anecdotal evidence of the efficacy of this ancient Chinese treatment continues to pile up. Across the world, more instances and better evidence about the uses of acupuncture are now coming to light.
Acupuncture for migraine, stresses and strains
Kerry Warren had tried acupuncture for migraine and being impressed with her own experiences with the therapy, she went on to become an acupuncture therapist herself. Like a lot of other people, Kerry had tried and failed to find relief in western medicines, and decided to give acupuncture a go.
She now treats people for a range of ailments ranging from minor niggles to major strains. She treats sports injuries and lower back pain mainly, but also helps people with problems such as infertility, stress and digestive problems.
Acupuncture for healing
Sonya Simpson had cancer, broke her leg, fell off her bike and had to undergo chemo all in the space of one year. In addition she battled with scoliosis, curvature of the spine and knee pain, and having used acupuncture for 12 years now, she says it has changed her life.
Apart from healing her body, Simpson also found that because of acupuncture she was less stressed, more connected and seemed to have better blood circulation. And unlike the common misconception, acupuncture is not painful; nor does it have any side effects.
Acupuncture for infertility
Nurse Melani Waterman says that it was acupuncture that ended her 2 year battle with infertility. It was her diet and acupuncture that helped the 40 year old pediatric nurse conceive. She had tried and failed to achieve success with in vitro fertilization (IVF).
It was a weekly treatment involving acupuncture and herbs such as ginger and rhubarb root as well and dietary changes to eliminate alcohol, coffee and wheat that finally helped her get pregnant she says.
Recent research on acupuncture
Liver fibrosis is a condition that could be considerably improved with the help of acupuncture, found a rat study. When used in conjunction with oral curcumin, acupuncture was seen to protect the liver from fibrogenesis and injury.
Vascular dementia is another condition that researchers found could be benefited by scalp acupuncture. In a trial that had 184 subjects, the group that underwent scalp acupuncture showed greater improvement than the group that underwent body acupuncture. Day to day functioning, cognition and social behavior were seen to improve.