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Let's Get to the Point About Acupuncture

Let's Get to the Point About Acupuncture

Acupuncture may be thousands of years old, but how it works remains a mystery to Western doctors. However, they do know that it does work for some ailments. Studies indicate that it may provide a number of medical benefits — from reducing pain to helping with chemotherapy-induced nausea.

A Mayo Clinic report states:

Because of the difficulty of conducting valid scientific studies of acupuncture — numerous past studies have been proved inadequate — it's hard to create a definitive list of the conditions for which acupuncture might be helpful. However, preliminary studies indicate that acupuncture may offer symptomatic relief for a variety of diseases and conditions, including low back pain, headaches, migraines and osteoarthritis. In a 2006 Mayo Clinic study, acupuncture significantly improved symptoms of fibromyalgia.

Having grown up with Western medicine, acupuncture seemed more than a bit "woo-woo" to me. But having seen several Pilates clients and friends benefit from regular acupuncture for treating pain, dealing with PMS issues, migraines and chemo side effects, makes me a believer. Check out Acupuncture.com to find a practitioner near you.

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xoswiss xoswiss 9 years
I definitely don't believe it's a placebo effect, and I think it's horrible to dismiss it as that if you haven't tried it. Reflexology is also another really interesting therapy. From your feet, they can sometimes tell even your cholesterol level.
mmtoto mmtoto 10 years
when my grandmother was around, she would always get it done and it was so painful for her. she had at least a good 20 of needles on her back
katie225 katie225 10 years
i believe in the placebo effect. i think these things work only because people believe in them. and that's fine, imo, whatever makes you feel better. just please, don't waste a lot of money on these treatments. advil is a lot cheaper.
txhottie txhottie 10 years
I have used it for de-stressing before family visits and also some digestive issues & carpal tunnel relief. I love it. I certainly feel better afterward. Although the effects don't last more than a few days and it can be quite expensive.
scratch5 scratch5 10 years
the photos of the needles freak me out!!!
mandyjean mandyjean 10 years
I haven't tried it, it just seems like it would hurt too much. I'm taking Massage Therapy classes, and I just don't see myself getting into this.
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