Acupuncture is an effective therapy

When you are looking for an alternative to conventional treatments, I believe that it is important to know if the therapy is working. Acupuncture is an effective therapy to treat or help many common conditions.

Firstly, it has been used in China for at least 2000 years and certainly if it did not work, the Chinese would have dropped it a long time ago.

Secondly, the mechanisms of acupuncture are better understood now and we know that this is not some mystic therapy. The excellent book by Dr. Daniel Keown titled “The Spark in the Machine” explains that acupuncture is rooted in embryology and that many differences are based on a difference of vocabulary. This book truly enlightens the reader about the mechanisms of acupuncture.

Thirdly, I have seen acupuncture work time and time again either in my practice or when visiting my mentor Dr. Wang JuYi in his clinic in Beijing, China.

Acupuncture is difficult to research because of its holistic view of the body, but as the list of studies grows, so does the evidence that acupuncture is effective and beneficial.

From a patient’s point of view, here are some of the benefits of acupuncture:

Acupuncture can treat and/or help a wide range of conditions

The World Health Organisation recommends acupuncture for more than forty common conditions. Chinese acupuncture classics recommend the use of acupuncture for a wide range of conditions except for infectious diseases. This includes serious disabling conditions.

When I went to China in March 2011, I saw a young lady suffering with Lupus (a serious auto-immune disease) whose life was greatly improved by acupuncture. Both in March 2011 and October 2013, I saw patients post-stroke patients benefiting greatly from acupuncture treatments.

Acupuncture is a natural therapy

When you cut yourself, in general, the wound needs only to be disinfected because the body can and will heal by itself. Acupuncture stimulates and activates the body to heal itself the natural way, without medication, and the side-effects of acupuncture are mild and limited. Acupuncture can also help to alleviate the side-effects of medication.

Acupuncture is a safe therapy

Just over 10 years ago, two major scientific studies were carried out in the UK over nearly 100 000 acupuncture treatments to assess the safety and the occurrence of adverse effects during acupuncture treatment. Another study on the safety of acupuncture was carried out in Germany in 2009. All three of these studies concluded that acupuncture is safe when performed by a well-trained, qualified practitioner. They also demonstrated that serious side effects are as little as 1 per 10 000 treatments.