Acupuncture is a time-honored practice that was first described in an ancient Chinese medical text circa 100 BC. The technique then spread across the globe by practitioners who taught and used this traditional Chinese healing method. Since its inception, the technique has been used to treat a wide range of chronic conditions.
A 2003 PET imaging study published in the “Chinese Medical Journal” provided objective evidence that acupuncture can alter gastrointestinal function. When practitioners punctured the acupuncture point ST36, which is located on the right leg, the scan detected changes in the region of the brain responsible for gastric function. Traditional healers puncture this point to relieve intestinal issues like bloating and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
A 2012 allergic asthma study published in “Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology” evaluated the effects of acupuncture at the end of five weeks. After receiving treatments three times a week, 85 percent of the 100 asthma sufferers experienced a significant reduction in nasal secretions and antibodies, which are typically associated with a hyperactive immune system.
This practice has a well-earned reputation for the relief of chronic pain. A team of researchers analyzed the data of nearly 18,000 patients from randomized controlled trials. The 2012 “Archives of Internal Medicine” meta-analysis study confirmed that actual acupuncture provided more pain relief than deceptive acupuncture in the treatment of chronic headaches as well as arthritis that affects the back and neck. The results of this research confirm that the benefits of this traditional practice cannot be attributed to the placebo effect.
Researchers have also examined published data for the ability of acupuncture to treat depression and anxiety in women. The authors of a 2013 “Medical Acupuncture” article found that well-controlled studies supported the use of this practice as a safe and effective treatment for women showing symptoms of depression during pregnancy. It is theorized that the treatment stimulates the release of endorphins.
Another recent study monitored the effects of the treatment in patients taking one or more high blood pressure medications. After 15 sessions conducted over a one-month period, the patients experienced a reduction in their high blood pressure as well as drug side effects like dizziness and fatigue. The researchers concluded that acupuncture could augment antihypertensive medication and alleviate a range of drug-related side effects.
If you need help managing a chronic health condition, talk to the experts at the Sajune Institute for Restorative and Regenerative Medicine about acupuncture. Our experienced acupuncturist can evaluate your health concerns and goals. This treatment can provide the relief that you need and improve your quality of life. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Orlando.