Validity of Acupuncture
The validity of Acupuncture is becoming more apparent and unquestionable as more and more respected international and national medical institutions are recognizing the efficacy and safety of acupuncture:
Johns Hopkins Hospital: At Johns Hopkins Hospital, acupuncture is not only recommended for all joint replacement patients during post operative rehabilitation and pain relief, it is now required.
Mayo Clinic: At the Mayo Clinic, all joint replacement patients are required to receive acupuncture treatments for post operative rehabilitation and pain relief.
United States Military: “Battlefield Acupuncture”, a form of auricular acupuncture, is used by military doctors to treat soldiers. It has been reported to significantly reduce pain while decreasing the amount of narcotics taken by the soldier and also shows benefits to reduce stress and anxiety. Since the introduction of Acupuncture in the U.S. Military, the number of U.S. soldiers addicted to pain killers and suffering from PTSD has decreased significantly.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC): MSKCC uses acupuncture and herbal medicine on cancer patients to help minimize the side effects of chemotherapy and accelerate recovery.
World Health Organization (WHO): The WHO listed the following diseases, symptoms and conditions as proven to be effectively treated by acupuncture through controlled clinical trials: adverse reactions to radiation/chemotherapy, allergic rhinitis, biliary colic, depression, dysentery, dysmenorrheal, gastrointestinal issues, facial pain, headaches, hypertension, hypotension, induction of labor, knee pain, leucopenia, low back pain, malposition of fetus, morning sickness, nausea and vomiting, neck pain, pain in dentistry, shoulder pain, renal colic, rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica, stroke, tennis elbow.
National Institute of Health: According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, which included a comprehensive survey of CAM use by Americans, an estimated 3.1 million U.S. adults and 150,000 children had used acupuncture in the previous year. Between the 2002 and 2007 NHIS, acupuncture use among adults increased by approximately 1 million people.
U.S. Medical Schools with Integrative Medicine /Acupuncture Departments:
- Harvard University
- Johns Hopkins University
- Stanford University
- Columbia University
- Yale University
- University of California – San Francisco
- Washington University – St. Louis
- University of Pennsylvania
- UCLA Medical School
- University of Arizona