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WHO Says Acupuncture Works

December 7, 2010 by  

WHO Says Acupuncture Works

All Chinese healing practices are based on the idea that energy flows through the body in channels called jing-lou (channels and collaterals), later termed by the French as “meridians.” These channels transport energy and life essence from organ to organ. Where there is low energy, or energy or fluid blockage, there is pain and soon, disease.

Acupuncture, one of the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) modalities, is an ancient system of medicine in which fine needles are used to pierce the skin on specific points to a depth of a few millimeters and are then withdrawn after a period of about 28 minutes. The needles can be likened to an antenna that draws in bioelectric energy into a very small port on the body, which then regulates the functions of the meridian system.

Using a correct “prescription” of points, the practitioner can, in effect, change the energy in a patient, open his channels and help his energy move more freely. Again, when energy moves freely,  there is no pain or disease.

Acupuncture is no longer the backroom healing art of Chinatown immigrants to the West. On the contrary, it is now so commonly known that it is not only a household word, but it is extremely popular among women in their 40s and 50s and sports competitors. Moreover, acupuncture is becoming increasingly commonplace. Some mainstream medical doctors are now offering it in their offices as an adjunct to their own practices. Indeed, it is a core component of what is termed complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

But many people are still leery of this 5,000-year-old tradition. They wonder if it is real or just marketing hype. Well, rest easy. The World Health Organization (WHO) has vetted this ancient Chinese healing tradition and has publicly announced that acupuncture is suitable for treating dozens of conditions.

According to their website, “The diseases or disorders for which acupuncture therapy has been tested in controlled clinical trials reported in the recent literature can be classified into four categories…”

I list here the first of those categories Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved — through controlled trials — to be an effective treatment:

  • Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
  • Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
  • Biliary colic
  • Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
  • Dysentery, acute bacillary
  • Dysmenorrhoea, primary
  • Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
  • Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
  • Headache
  • Hypertension, essential
  • Hypotension, primary
  • Induction of labor
  • Knee pain
  • Leukopenia
  • Low back pain
  • Malposition of fetus, correction of
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Neck pain
  • Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
  • Periarthritis of shoulder
  • Postoperative pain
  • Renal colic
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Sprain
  • Stroke
  • Tennis elbow

For more information from the WHO on what studies have been carried out and where they found acupuncture to most successful, go here.

So forget the naysayers and see how acupuncture can work for you. For pain relief, disease treatment, health maintenance, physical performance… it just may be the “missing piece” in your wellness puzzle.

–Dr. Mark Wiley

Dr. Mark Wiley

is an internationally renowned mind-body health practitioner, author, motivational speaker and teacher. He holds doctorates in both Oriental and alternative medicine, has done research in eight countries and has developed a model of health and wellness grounded in a self-directed, self-cure approach. The Wiley Method provides a revolutionary way of providing recovery and prevention of chronic pain, illness and disease. Grab your FREE COPY of Dr. Mark Wiley's "The 3 Secrets to Optimal Health" HERE.

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  • Daniel Fineberg

    I’ve been going to an acupuncturest (when needed) for the last two years and he has fixed things Western medicine couldn’t! I’m such a believer I tell everyone about my experience.

  • Delbert Townley

    I have used acupuncture since the mid to late 1980s. I had severe nerve damage to my lower back that caused intense pain in my thighs and strong electric shock in my right leg just above the knee for a number of years that increased over the years.

    Well, I found an accupuncturist that had been a lisenced Dr in China. I got 12 treatments total, but after 5th the electric shocks I had been suffering for so long went away. I did complete the 12 visits and for a year I had even gained some of the feelings in my thighs.

    After a year however I had to go back again for 6 more sessions because the electric shock came back, not as severe however. After the second session of 6 visits the shocks went away, and it has been since 1986 that I have even rarely felt the shocks at all. Almost 25 years. I cannot say enough about accupuncture as an alternitive med.

    However, I have tried others who have studied accupuncture but do not go to the source as did Ms. Ch’en. Just be aware, as with anything/one the title doesn’t always mean that that person is genuine.

    And always ask if the ‘accupuncturist’ knows and uses ‘work from the source’ of the problem rather than just the symptoms.

    • Faith Skogstad

      Delbert Townley! I am currently nearing completion of a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, about a 3 or 4 year degree, and I love your comment at the end about treating the root of the condition rather than the symptoms. That’s exactly what they taught us. It’s a fascinating and logical and mysterious method for improving one’s health, and I will be able to study it for the rest of this life and the next. Well over 2,000 years of information has been gathered and written down in books, and still every person is treated uniquely. Not only is every pregnancy different, but every cold is, too, and we can treat the individual.

  • Hanna M Jones

    I have seen an acupuncturist for chronic shoulder pain that had lasted for more than 2 years and prevented proper sleep. Within 2 weeks and after 6 treatments the pain disappeared and has never returned. The regular physicians did not know what to do to treat it.

    I am a believer.

    My Dr had been an internist and went to China to be trained for 2 years. She told me she once saved a man’s leg from having to be amputated because of gangrenal infection.

    • http://PersonalLibertyDigest e.poet

      Hanna, Kate8, etc,
      Acupuncture is absolutely amazing! My story is almost unbelievable. I had always seen having children and being a mother, as a big part of the plan for my life. In 1979 at the age of 28, I STILL had no children, and had been married to two different men and had never used birth control. I figured the problem must be with me as what are the odds of both men being the source of the infertility. I went to the best infertility clinic at that time west of the Mississippi, which was located in Seattle, WA. They did a lot of work on me and told me to go home and make babies. I was ecstatic, went home and tried for the next few years. Now if this was mind over matter, believing something is going to work, then it should have happened, as I had absolute faith in the Dr.s procedures. But nothing came of any of it. Total of 14 years trying to have a child! I cannot begin to convey the amount of grief over the years, I was inconsolable! I sought solace and help through prayer at the church I was attending, which was a pretty fundamentalist church. (belief in the gifts of the holy spirit, laying on of hands, intercessory prayer, etc.) Was very actively prayed for a number of times. Still no babies…Then one day, a good six months after the last visiting Revivalist, spirit filled pastor, had last prayed for G-d to open my womb and bless my husband and myself with the children that were the desires of our hearts, a fellow congregant came up to me after service and said, G-d has told me I need to ask your forgiveness. I was astonished by his statement, and said to him, “For what?” He seemed very confused and embarrassed, and said ” Well you and Eric are still trying to have a baby right?” I said “Yes, but I don’t get it, what is it your trying to say here?” He said “Well, I do need your forgiveness, G-d told me to help you six months ago, and I didn’t obey.” I was even more confused, as none of this was making any sense to me at all, which I let him know. He said “I can help you, G-d has told me to offer my services to you.” Now, I was beginning to think he was some sort of crazy or pervert or something. It must have shown on my face, as he laughed and said “Have you ever heard of acupuncture?” I don’t actually do acupuncture, as I am in school to get my license to become certified, but I do acupressure in the meantime, and have a pretty impressive clientele who will vouch for my services. The top Chinese acupuncturists in this city come to me for their own treatments” I got rather uneasy to say the least, as my experience with people who were interested and involved with this sort of thing, were also people who were involved with witchcraft and the occult. No thanks, if I had to get involved with the occult, in order to have a child, it would end up with the child being a bane to my existence. Better childlessness than that. I let him know how I felt, and he explained to me that there was no connection between acupuncture/ acupressure and the occult whatsoever. I was dubious to say the least. He welcomed me to go through his library of over 400 books, and if I could find any connection between the occult and acupuncture/ acupressure, to please show it to him, and he would cease and desist from the practice himself, as he had no desire to be involved with anything out of the will of G-d. I did go through his library carefully perusing, and found his statement to be correct. My husband and myself prayerfully inquired of G-d if this was the avenue he would have me take, and received a resounding “Yes”. Ken, the acupressurist. Did a thorough going over my medical history and emotional life history, and totally agreed with me that the severe colitis I had suffered from since 4th grade, needed to be addressed first. (I had always felt that the colitis made a unhealthy environment for a pregnancy, and had tried numerable time to get the infertility doctors and the gastrointestinal specialists to get together regarding this. They had both agreed that I was making a very interesting point, that likely had validity, but I don’t think they ever actually got together about it. I was on my own.) During the time before our first session was to begin, I went to a regular western medicine doctor regarding my puffy belly and pain I was experiencing. They diagnosed me as having an ectopic pregnancy and without my by your leave, started scheduling me for an abortion as the baby would kill me. We got in a huge fight in the Dr.s office, as I would not consider abortion, and they just as adamantly insisting that I must, or I would die, that I just didn’t understand. I said I understand all right, what you don’t understand is I would rather die than ever willfully end the life of a child in my body, I did it once in 1972, and it was the worst mistake of my life. I cannot forgive myself for what I did then, and I will NEVER commit such a crime again. The price is too heavy, and I cannot bare it. Plus I have heard that upon occasion, ectopic pregnancies break free of the fallopian tube and travel to the womb and implant, I need to know the time window.” Turned out they were wrong, thank G-d for my head being on straight. It turned out to be a large ovarian cyst, not the ectopic pregnancy they first diagnosed., and of course they wanted to surgically remove the ovary. I told them “No, from what I understand, a cyst only attaches itself to a healthy organ, and since I am giving my all to become a mother, I am not willing to give up what may be the only healthy ovary I’ve got. I have a person who does acupressure
      I am seeing tomorrow, I want to talk this over with him first.” They set up an appointment to see me in two weeks to see how things were progressing. Upon seeing Ken the next day he said immediately, don’t let them touch you, I can heal you with no drugs, no surgery.” I said, “Thanks, let’s get to it”…I now felt very grateful to G-d for that outrageously strange conversation that had occurred after church only a few weeks before, I knew now I had been guided to the proper hands. Ken worked on me three times a week every week for the next six weeks, at the end of the second week, I went for my appt. with the western medical Doctors. They were surprised by the thirty percent reduction in the size of the cyst. I asked them to relate the size to me, they said it was originally roughly the size, of an orange, now it was the size of a small lemon. They asked what I was doing to achieve this. I told them about Ken once more. They seemed a little interested, and wanted an appt. to monitor it again in two more weeks. I continued the same treatment plan with Ken the following two weeks, and went back again to the Doctors, the cyst was now the size of a walnut, and they said, “Who did you say you are seeing? What is the treatment plan? We want to see you in another two weeks.” When I told Ken, we both had a little laugh over the consternation of the western medical Doctors. All the treatment consisted of acupressure,(Only two points at a time can be treated as the acupressurist only has two thumbs) chinese herbs, and chinese herbs simmered in with a whole free range chicken, creating a broth, I was to drink daily, and burning moksa(spelling?) sticks placed over my lower back. At the end of the sixth week, the cyst was 100% GONE, as stated by the regular western medical doctors, who now wanted Kens full name and phone number as they wanted to refer patients to him. I gave them his business card. Ken continued to see me from August 1994 through to the beginning of January 1996, treating me simultaneously for the ovarian cyst and the colitis. When those were under control, by mid- November 1994, he began treatment for infertility. In November of 1994 my husband was so impressed by the efficacy of Kens treatments on me, that he discussed with Ken whether there could be any help for the horrible Migraine headaches he had frequently suffered from since sixth grade. Ken said, “Yes I can help you with that.” Eric had one treatment, and his entire back instantly broke out in hives. Ken reassured him that it was simply toxins stored in his body being released, that it would pass quickly, that it was indicative of the success of the treatment. The hives were gone in no time, and Eric has NEVER suffered from another migraine since. Now that is truly AMAZING! By Christmas of 1995, I was in tears at my sister-in-laws house, upon the repeated sound of her three children, calling out Mom, Mommy…I said to her in tears, when will I ever hear the sound of some little person calling to me…Mom, Mommy? My heart is broken, I am getting old and too caught up in my own ways, I believe G-d can heal me, but where is the evidence of that healing? Where are my children? Am I a Sarah, am I a Rachel? It’s not as if my hearts desire is in conflict with what g-ds plan for a woman is.” My sister-in -law prayed with me to find peace in the situation. To either receive the manifestation of the healing , or to become willing to be willing to let go of the desire. At two o’clock in the morning of January 2nd, 1996. I told my husband, “You are not going to believe what I think just happened!” And he said, ” Wow, I can’t believe what I’ve got to tell you.” We got in a silly repartee of who was going to tell who, what, when, in which order, both just dying to tell, but wanting the other to say it first. Finally, I told him, “You go first, then me, OK?”
      So, Eric said to me, “I believe we just did an act of creation, I just know you’re pregnant!” I completely flipped out, and said, “Oh, my G-d, that is exactly the same thing I was going to say to you…Oh Thanks Be To G-d!” I immediately wrote it down in my journal to commemorate the event. (mind you I had never in the twenty+ years I had kept a journal, written any such thing before)The very next day I went to the store to buy a home pregnancy test kit, and was wildly frantically disappointed to find out that I had to wait 17 days before I could get an accurate result. On the night of January 19th 1996, I painted the pink and burgundy dining room walls to pale blue walls with white trim., I was so ants-ed up there was no way I could sleep the night before I could finally do the test in the morning. When morning arrived, I did the test at the soonest possible moment, and it required a certain amount of time for the test to show up in a range of blue tones, if indeed your were pregnant. The amount of time elapsed, and the liquid was still clear, no color! I couldn’t believe it, it was a mistake, I KNEW I WAS PREGNANT, no matter what the test kit showed! Long after the point of required time for the test to show positive, I began to perceive what seemed a possible shading of blue, I was a nervous wreck by then, and thought it must just be a trick of the morning light playing with the liquid and the new light blue wall paint…But, No, the faint perception of blue, a good 30 minutes over the required period of time for the test results to show, began to become obvious that the liquid was indeed turning blue. Not only did it turn blue, it kept turning blue-er, and blue-er. The range shown on the test kit, showed light blue to medium dark blue. My test was showing up in the final stages as a black-blue, the color of the darkest blue ink! So, now I was really confused, could the kit be faulty, was there something wrong since it was about a bazillion shades darker than the pamphlet showed? I wanted a doctor to tell me now for sure. I made an Appt. for the next evening to be seen. The Doctors prognosis was that I was indeed pregnant! And he would try to calculate when I had gotten pregnant and when I would be due. I said, “You don’t need to worry about that, I already know!” He wanted to know how I could POSSIBLY KNOW THAT? I told him, “Oh, we both know, (indicating my husband and myself in a sweeping gesture) because we know what night the baby was created, January 2nd, G-d told both of us at the time and we told each other.” He thought we were a couple of crazies, as he very pointedly ridiculed us by calculating the date of conception, as we saw it, to the day of delivery, Saying, VERY SARCASTICALLY, “Well since YOU KNOW when, IF you are right on your date of conception, the baby will be due on September 26th.” I responded, “Wow, G-D sure knows what he’s doing, that date just happens to be my fathers birthday. He died last year,(1995) and he would be so elated to know this child is coming, and on his birthday of all things, as there are no other grandchildren. He loved children so much, and children were crazy about him, he really had a way with kids, and wanted to be a grandfather deeply.” I just didn’t care that the doctor thought we were a couple of nut-cases. I let Ken know that we had indeed been successful in the fertility treatment with acupressure. He continued to treat me throughout seven months of the pregnancy, so I wouldn’t stress out my digestive and intestinal tract. All which was to great effect, I didn’t get either hemorrhoids, or even stretch marks. We moved to L.A. in the seventh month of pregnancy, so I unfortunatly did not have Ken to help me through the birth, which was a grueling thirty-three hour ordeal of attempted natural childbirth, that ended in an emergency C-Section in order to save both our lives. AND, note… the contractions began at six o’clock in the morning on September 26th. So, if all would have happened within a more normal time frame, the baby, a beautiful daughter, would have been born on September 26th, just exactly the date the doctor ridiculed! Instead she was born at 3:30 p.m. on September 27th. She has been a great joy to both her father and myself, and though we never practiced birth control ever after wards, she was a one time miracle. No other children were ever conceived…Now, I rather impatiently await her children, that she and her husband plan to begin having in around two years.
      I unfortunately lost track of Ken, when our daughter was around three years old.(1989-1990) He was being harassed, by various occult members of some satanic or witchcraft people in the medical field in Seattle, and he simply disappeared. I moved back to Seattle in 1992, but no one who knew him knew what became of him. He was the best person in this field I have ever met, and I have met some really great ones. He was however hands down the GREATEST ! The most loving heart imaginable ! I have continued to receive acupuncture for various problems since, always with very good success, I have seen a Chinese trained acupuncturist, Zhi-Ping Koluch, who helped me get rid of Mortons Neuromas in my feet that were making me limp so badly, from pain, that I could barely walk. That took about 20 treatments. And treatments for extreme lower back pain, and for several bouts with bronchitis. My husband has seen her for various ailments including ganglian cysts in his hands. All to good effect. The thing I love about acupuncture, is it is non-invasive, and there are NO SIDE-EFFECTS, and no worry of addictions or allergic reactions, and most of all it is tremendously effective. What a G-d send this form of medicine is!!!

      • Delbert Townley

        I hope you get over the fear of spelling out the name of GOD to possibly avoid the politaclly correct nonsense.

        And my congratulations on your success “MOM”!!! May all go well for you both… :-))

  • slack7649

    I’ve been meaning to look into an electronic version of acupuncture that I saw once at the mall. Instead of piercing you, the tip of this device delivers a small electric shock where you want.

    • Kate8

      slack – I’ve used one of those devices for about 15 years, with excellent results. It’s simple to learn the points and meridians to help with all sorts of problems. If you use in on another, or have them treat you, you can form a complete circuit to clear the meridian channels. On yourself, you can click on points that will clear them.

      Another method is EFT. You simply tap the points at either end of the meridian, usually the beginning point. This helps you to clear both physical and emotional blocks in the body, as most all physical problems have an emotional component.

      You can search EFT and there are lots of sites and videos that show you how. Once you get the hang of it and use it regularly, it’s miraculous. And costs nothing.

      Having worked many years in an acupuncture clinic, I had used point massage similarly (like Shiatsu). Recently I found that simply tapping the master points (there are many, many energy points in the body) you can open everything up and feel great. You can even feel the energy rush from doing it.

      In the coming times, medicines and doctors will become more difficult to come by or afford. The more we can learn about caring for ourselves and families, the better we’ll fare.


      • libertytrain

        Thanks Kate – good post – I also agree, we need to know as much as we can particularly in the future – :)

      • Bob

        I have used EFT successfully as well, should try to use it more often.

        I have stopped oncoming colds, reduced pain from migraines, and helped test taking stress.

  • Bob Wire

    I use a Dr Zang graduated Shanghai University 1955.

    He uses more the 5 needles , more like 10 and connects them to a controlled voltage source that fadeds in and out.

    Yes , it works in that I feel better.

  • Eric Bischoff

    Wow it’s official. Better late than never.

    Energy medicine is the future now. Whether, it’s acupuncture, biofeedback, homeopathy, light therapy, magnetic, rife, hands on or meditation it is all energy medicine. The sooner we embrace it the better. It is inexpensive and without toxic side effects. The sooner we learn to move the energy ourselves the better. This is another great way to improve our health and lower our healthcare costs. It should be embraced instead of always being ridiculed and chased out of the country.

    • coal miner

      Eric Bischoff,

      Dr. Linus Soh F.A.M.A.S.

      In the last 20 years much has been written about acupuncture and its efficiency in relieving pain. The ancient Chinese clinicians practised acupuncture based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles using well established guidelines. Their reasoning were based on empirical responses rather than scientific principles. This discussion hopes to bring to highlight some recent research findings. Acupuncture research however cannot stagnate as we move towards the next century in pursuit of a better understanding of its mechanics.

      Since the discovery of enkephalins from pigs’ brains (by Hughes, Kosterlitz at Aberdeen) in 1975, the scientific community has tried to explain scientifically how acupuncture’s pain relieving mechanisms really works. When Beta-endorphin was discovered (by C.H. Li at Stanford University) in 1976 and dynorphin ( by Goldstein) in 1979 it began to become clear that electro-acupuncture (EA) will increase the levels of B-endorphin at 2-4Hz and dynorphin at 100-200Hz. Enkephalins will be released at frequencies of 2-200Hz. Based on the tail flick latency response in rats, Professor Han (Beijing University) also found that naloxone will even block EA response to high frequency stimulation. This was previously unknown as the dose of naloxone used was 1-2mg/kg whereas Han used 10-20mg/kg. In his experiments on rats Professor Han also used Captopril (a commonly used ACE inhibitor in general practice). When injected into the peri-aqueductal grey (PAG) Captopril prolongs the analgesic effects of EA as it is also an enkephalinase inhibitor.

      Anti-opioid substances (AOS) were also described. These are released due to excessive EA and are thought to account for acupuncture tolerance. Indeed GABA and CCK8 have also been found to be increased after excessive morphine usage. Morphine tolerance hence often equated to EA tolerance. Whether the biochemical interaction are similar needs clarification. Recent studies show that the two main morphine metabolites are morphine-3-glucuronide (M3G) and morphine-6-glucuronide (M6G). M3G antagonises morphine analgesia while M6G is an agonist. This relationship needs to be translated to EA tolerance but much research needs to be done. It may also help us understand the difficulty in treating patients addicted to opiates with EA.

      At the last IASP conference in 1993, researchers have mentioned the discovery of morphine within the human body. This endogenous morphine (not endorphins) was found in patients who were taking L-Dopa for Parkinson’s disease. As these patients were not on morphine medication the plasma levels of morphine must have been produced by the body itself. However, so far no details are known of the exact pathways involved. Perhaps in the future EA responses may have to be interpreted in a different manner in the light of this new knowledge.

      The 1993 IASP Conference in Paris also produced evidence of a new pain pathway. The French team described this new pathway, called the spino-ponto-amygdaloid pathway. Noxious stimuli have been shown to project to the lateral parabrachial (PB) nucleus at the pontine level, and then directly to the central nucleus of the amygdala. Morphine needed to depress the noxious signals in the PB and amygdala are lower than that required at the spinal levels. This new pathway which have been implicated in the affective emotional aspects of pain. It seems to be highly sensitive to morphine. The amygdala has also been researched by Professor Han and has been found to involve serotonin and endorphins. When tested with cinanserin (a serotonin receptor blocker) and naloxone, EA analgesia was attenuated. This nucleus seem to play a big role in facilitating EA responses for pain relief. The discovery of this new pain pathway should add impetus for more research.

      Serotonin (5HT) receptors sites have also been the subject of intense scrutiny over the last few years. There are now many subtypes of 5HT receptors namely 5HT, 5HT2, 5HT3, 5HT4 etc. 5HT1 is further subdivided into 5HT1A, 5HT1B, 5HT1C, 5HT1D. Research into the latter has given us sumatriptan which is a currently clinically used for migraine. The effect of EA on release of monoamines (down the descending inhibitory pathway) is well documented. Research using cinanserin (a 5HT receptor antagonist) and parachlorophenylalanine (PCPA – a 5HT synthesis antagonist) have shown EA to be decreased markedly. Conversely, Tryptophan (the precursor of 5HT) would enhance EA. However the many subtypes of 5HT receptors add a new challenge to acupuncture research. It is interesting to speculate if different frequencies will stimulate different 5HT receptors. If this is more clearly understood perhaps TCM may one day be explained along scientific paradigms.

      Research into naloxone have shown that ultra-low doses (in nanograms) can have an analgesic effect. This seemingly paradoxical effect have mystified and at the same time excited scientists around the world. Various experiments performed in rat models of clinically induced arthritic pain have shown that extremely low doses of naloxone can have a paradoxical analgesic effect, while high doses induce hyperalgesia. It must be remembered that we often use naloxone for reversal of opiate toxicity.

      Recent research into spinal receptor systems have revealed an important receptor which is currently the centre of great scientific interest. The NMDA (N-methyl-D-Aspartate) receptor reflects Aspartate and Glutamate activity in nociception. Ketamine (a NMDA antagonist) has been shown to produce analgesia when introduced to the dorsal horn. Glutamate and GABA seem to have opposing effects on neuronal cells. GABA anti-sera has been used to reverse acupuncture and morphine tolerance as well as non-responders to EA. Quite clearly the NMDA receptor should be more thoroughly researched in relation to acupuncture induced analgesia.

      It can be seen from the above discussion we may have to rethink how acupuncture works. More and more research have enabled us to understand the complexities of nociceptive afferent stimulation of the dorsal horn, especially laminae I & II. It is to be hoped that acupuncture researchers will keep up with the new knowledge and perhaps unravel the mechanics of how acupuncture works in pain relief.

      • Dr. Mark Wiley

        Terrific information. Thank you for sharing this scientific evidence. Even if the understanding of how the effects of acupuncture are explained and understood is different, the method works. I love it when modern science can explain ancient healing modalities. Thanks again!

        • coal miner

          Dr.Mark Wiley,

          Thank you.It was a pleasure.

    • Bob Wire

      Yea, it works Eric. ~ It’s not a panacea or a silver bullet and the effects don’t last forever.

      It’s a “treatment” for an imbalance that’s preventing the body from correcting it’s self and I don’t know of “any” unwanted side effect personally.

      There might be some ~ but I know of none.

      Zang looks at your tongue first think, ~ what he seeing I’m clueless to know, his chinese/english is still thick and hard to understand.

      Being a working man, I came in sweaty in the middle of a work day one time. ~ He didn’t like that. ~ scolded me for coming in dirty.

      He wants you clean! The needles and all, I can understand the need.

      I’ve got lower back issues from the war, jumping out of helicopters in full field gear and ammo before they have fully landed. The VA is not interested with my issues as I appear healthy and quite normal most of the time. I get to where I can’t move about at times, the legs won’t work. The pain greatly impedes any body movement. For this, Zang is heaven sent.

      • Kate8

        Bob Wire – The effects of a single treatment don’t last forever, of course. It takes a long time of blocked energy to manifest into a physical problem, and the trick is to keep the channel open (repeated treatments) until it heals. That is why self-treatment is so great. Seeing an acupuncturist once or twice a week is great, but zapping or tapping between visits will keep the energy moving before the pain comes back.

        Energy blocks cause fluid to congest in the lymphatic channel and the potassium pump in each cell ceases to generate electrical charge. Cells literally begin to die. If you keep energy moving through these lymphatic channels through stimulating the energy points using any of several methods, healing will be accelerated. The trick is to not allow the pain to return before treating again. The more often you run the energy, the faster the healing.

        I have actually stopped pain and cleared swelling from smashed fingers in minutes.

        Lymphology was briefly taught in medical school, I think, in the ’60s. When doctors began learning that this was the master key to healing, they feared how this would affect the field of allopathy, and now it gets but the most cursory mention on medical school.

        • Bob Wire

          interesting! Yes I have noticed at times several treatments are required, 5 or 6 times is the most I ‘ve been in any one event. Of course, I’ve accepted pain management as a part of life. Always working to keep it “down” to a dull roar. But I went through some 14 months of just standing at the sink to wash dishes brought tears to my eyes, Not knowing what was wrong and not having the money for much treatment. At 60 dollars visit, it was a lot of money at the time as I could hardly work and my production way off.

          I’m much better then that now. My work requires me to climb and crawl building roof tops and attic crawl way spaces and carry 40lbs many times a day. So I’m “back” , just slower and more careful.

          440 mg of Naproxen a day to keep inflammation down, chiropractor care, Dr. Zang’s needles and turning in my Superman Cape has helped.

          Also, it seems exercise can both help and can harm, ~ I must be very careful with any exercise as muscle tissue scaring seems to be an issue I’m dealing with along with the compressed disk and just being a 62 yr. old war horse.

          Staying active is getting harder and harder to do, I don’t see 80 in the cards. I don’t even want to think about it.

          For now, I manage to work, dance and keep my “darling” happy and that’s all good, not under any doctor’s care or taking powerful drugs.

          I’m glad I found Dr. Zang.

    • sue

      @ Eric Bischoff and H. Ledbetter. Are you chiropractors? Do you have your customers sign a consent form that advises them of the risk of Stroke during a cervical manipulation? I pretty sure I know the answers to these questions.

      • Karolyn

        Wht is your problem lady?

        • Kate8

          Karolyn – No kidding. In all the years I worked in natural health, I never knew of a single person who suffered ill effects. Not to say it isn’t possible, but highly unlikely from a qualified practitioner.

          The incidence of harm is far more likely from a medical doctor. People are maimed and killed all the time, but it is simply accepted as how it is. LOL.

          I love that so many of us agree on this issue. It is a wide open arena, exploring these things to heal the body, mind and soul does so much to heal us as a people, and even all the Earth.


          • TIME


            I agree with you being a black belt we first learned how to heal, thus I can adjust my spine all by myslef.
            I guess I had better sign a wavier before I do it again. LOL

            Doc, another really good Blog, Thanks….

          • sue

            My problem is my husband suffered a VAD and brain-stem stroke at the hands of a chiro 8 years ago. Was proven guility of malpractice and negliegence in NY on 10/27.

            Keep drinking the Kool-Aid

          • Karolyn

            Sorry for your misfortune Sue. However, I would trust a GOOD chiropractor before a knife-happy surgeon. I have never had a bad experience with a chiropractor; and I would bet that if you checked the percentages of doctors compared to chiros who were sued for malpractice, you wound find more doctors. Do you know any medical doctors who make house calls to patients who are incapacitated? I would doubt it. I know more people who have had their backs ruined even worse through surgery.

          • Kate8

            sue, I’m sorry about your husband, also, and can understand why you feel as you do.

            I would bet that your husband’s condition was ripe for stroke and it would have happened anyway at some point. We are always quick to want to pin the blame for things on the guy who was unfortunate enough to be the one you consulted for whatever was going on with him.

            Of course, I don’t know the details, like whether the doctor had any way of knowing this condition existed. My guess is, he didn’t. In any case, this is so extremely rare, and could only happen under unusual circumstances.

            Pneumothorax is possible with acupuncture, and the only case I’ve seen was myself! Stuff happens. I recovered, and I went back to getting acupuncture, just as I had for years before that.

          • http://?? Joe H.

            For once I have to agree with you. I went to a life chiropractor in college circa 1977(?) i always walked around and felt fantastic never had a bit of pain after the first three visits. He was a firm believer in maintenance and only charged the students 5.00 a visit. I NEVER had a single problem from any of his treatments! In 1980, i was working and tried to move a piece of iron that weighed about 500 pounds on a two wheeld cart by jerking it in the mud outside as the forklift wouldn’t get in to it as the mud made it spin the tires! Well I told my forman that my back was killing me and I wanted to go home for the night. I was not in the habit of this but he said I should finish my shift. Well I did and when I got home my son started to fall and as I jumped to get to him, I went down to my knees and couldn’t move. By the time I went to see the Dr. my head had pulled to the right and my arm pulled to up and bent to my chest. They did an mri and CT scan and found c-5 and c-7 disk blown out and putting pressure on the spine. I went to the surgeon and he did a laminectomy and i got a staff infection that kept me in the hospital for 50 days. I have had nothing but problems from my upper back and have since had a fusion at L-4 and L-5. 4 pins and 4 screws! I take pain pills, lumbar blocks and again have nothing but problems! I wish I had stayed with the chiropractor!
            Sue, I am sorry your husband went to a person he obviously trusted and that person turned out to be a quack. I had the same experience with surgeons so I guess it can happen no matter who you see! May God Bless you.

      • Eric Bischoff

        Sue I personally have made naturopath/osteopath/chiropractor/homeopath/Accupunture/Herbalist the core of my health care regimen for the last 30 years. I have no primary care physician and have never taken any allopathic drugs nor have I ever had an MRI.

        I am convinced that proper alignment is just as important as proper PH, hydration and nutrition.

        Although I have health insurance I often have to pay for my healthcare regimen as a lot of these therapies are not recognized or reimbursed.

        It’s infuriating since my coworkers use traditional allopathic medicine and I know for a fact that they spend multiples of what I spend and all of it is reimbursed.

        I am sorry for your husband but I fear that you have made false assumptions and accusations based on a bad experience.

        Hundreds of millions of people successfully use these therapies in the world. WE deserve to have that choice.

        The AMA and the American Cancer industry have way too much power and influence and they use the power of the govt to threaten and squeeze out inexpensive natural therapies.

        I think It’s a crime that a person pronounced terminal by the Mayo clinic is often left with no choice but to go south of the border to get help and when they get well from for the exiled Max Gerson therapies for example, it is hushed up.

        I also think it’s time that we also make a push to legalize the extremely beneficial and inexpensive Ozone therapies.

        • Kate8

          Eric – It’s so nice when we can agree on something! Good post, and I wholly agree with ozone therapies. In fact, this gets such good results, without side effects, that it is targeted by gov’t.

          I have a friend who lives in AZ. He has brown recluse spiders around his house. He gets bitten, climbs into his ozone bag and the bites heal right up.

          • Dan az

            Inever heard of that before.I have a few people that I know that have been bitten and they just end up with losing the skin.I would like to here more or give me a site that I could give to the resent victim that I know.And one more thing IF obumer gets this health care crap though will this type of help cease to exist?

          • Kate8

            Dan az, As part of Codus Aliamentarius (WHO), Congress is charge with harmonizing with European law. Through this, they are working to eliminate all access to healthful foods and natural remedies. They want to remove from us anything that we use to encourage health.

            With Odumbocare, we will be restricted to Big Pharma. Alternative health will be squeezed out, if not made illegal. That is why it is imperative that we learn cutting edge ways to keep ourselves as healthy as possible, such as energetic forms of medicine that cost nothing. Otherwise, you will be at the mercy of doctors who work for the NWO.

            As for the ozone therapies, you used to be able to purchase ozone generators on line. Hopefully, you still can – I haven’t looked in awhile. My friend ran a tube from the ozone into a body bag zipped up around the neck, with a towel around the neck to block it from the face. He laid in the ozone bag for 30 to 60 minutes at a time.

            BTW, there were some clinics where this was done. I’ve been out of the loop for awhile, so you’d have to check it out.

            I know another man who recovered from leukemia this way. He was completely bedridden, and today he is back to work (this was several years ago).

            A good book is called “Flood Your Body With Oxygen” by Ed McCabe. It discusses several forms of oxygen therapies, including ozone.

          • Kate8

            Dan az –

      • TIME

        I feel for your loss, but I also feel that your lumping all in the same basket is a simple excuse that has little to no true reflection on manipulation of the spine.

        I don’t have all the intel on your case but can say that there is a very high probabilitys that other factors are likly.
        As there are “countless other possible issues” that may have been present when the manipulation was done.

        Again as I said I do understand you anger from your loss thats with in the range of normal. I also strongly feel your anger is misplaced.

      • Bob

        Have you considered treatment for a constipated cranial cavity?

        I think there are some “blockages” here.

        Maybe acupuncture of the mind would be good. Get some brain waves flowing and open up your thought channels.

        • Bob Wire

          would you like to make an appointment?

      • Dr. Mark Wiley

        Thank you for sharing with us. It is difficult to trust something, especially health related, when a negative was experienced from it. I am sorry for your husband’s stroke. That response is atypical. I ask only that you not place all chiropractors or acupuncturists in the same category as one who was guilty of malpractice. Indeed, not all MDs are guilty, either, just because many are sued for malpractice annually. What’s more, statistics point to medical errors in Western Allopathic Medicine being the leading cause of death in the United States… taking more lives than heart disease or any other disease annually. Yet, even with this, one should not stop receiving medical care when needed. The malpractice of one does not indicate the efficacy of all.

        • John

          To all, I am Sue’s husban, I was a very healthy 40 year old athelete when this happen to me. To make a statement that other factors led to this is completly wrong. My father was a Chiropractor and I still beleive in Chiropractic, however that industry needs to be regulated. In most states they do not have to carry malpractis insurance and everytime it us spoken that it is a cause of your stroke, it is squashed by the industry. I am liveing proof of the devistating effect of a stroke. The fact is cervical manipulation can cause a stroke, just because it is in a small amount of people does not make it right. As one of you stated and is true WE should have the right to a choose, however we have the right to know that this can happen. This is the issue, everyone wants to make excusses, but the fact is people should have the right and it should be law to be made aware of the risk with haveing this done. My name is John Ferguson, remember it, I am going to make sure what has happen to my family and I , will not happen to anyone else. Chiropratic can do many great thing for you, but every buisness has it’s good one and bad ones, for that reason along people have the right to know.

          • http://?? Joe H.

            God Bless you!!! Keep your faith above all else!!

  • meteorlady

    I have used acupuncture and herbal medicine. Both work wonderfully. Had a herniated disc in my neck and was in severe pain for about 2 months. They were trying to talk me into surgery and I went to a Chinese lady in Seattle that helped me after 8 visits. Went back once more a year later and haven’t had neck problems since (it’s been 15 years now). Also have gone to a Chinese Herb doctor named Dr. Lui in Seattle. He is great – has cured my headaches and has restored my energy. I don’t take and prescription drugs because I believe the herbs work as well if not better than most prescriptions and they don’t have damaging side affects.

  • Bill from Laos

    It’s refreshing to see a shift of focus to the “source” of maladies
    rather than treatment of “symptoms.” While mainstream medicine
    is excellent for accident trauma and diagnostics, alternative
    medicine provides the cures of disease and maintenace of health.
    Hopefully, more people will come to this conclusion.

    • Karolyn

      Absolutely! Also, if more was done in education and prevention in the first place, we would have no healthcare problem in this country. Too many people buy everything Doctor God says and are brainwashed by the TV ads for medicines. I am grateful I have had openminded doctors for the past 10 years.

  • Henry Ledbetter

    Thanks for the input of all. It is mu opinion that drugs are all synthetic or man made and most if not all have bad side effects. When The Lord created the earth He gave us all we need for good health. To bad for the most part we have put our faith in man made cures rather than going to the root of the problems and using His natural pharmacy.

  • Sue

    Dr. Wileycoyote,

    You’re not a real “Doctor”, are you. Show everyone here the scientific evidence that what you do really works. Not the chiro evidence, but the real scientific findings. Y’all need to educate yourselves and your customers (their not really patients) on Stroke. Such BS, Wizard of OZ .

    xo sue

    • Bob Livingston

      Dear Sue,

      There really is no reason for you to be so condescending in your remarks. You should apologize to Dr. Wiley, who does indeed have extensive training in his field.

      All the best,

      • sue

        sorry but he isn’t a real Doctor. Bob, until you’ve walked a centimeter in my shoes, you have no right to ask me to apologize.


        • Bob Livingston

          Dear sue,

          Thank you for your kind and reasoned comments. I’m so sorry for your misfortune, and even more sorry that it has left you so bitter and unreasonable. My advice would be for you to refrain from reading articles from our alternative medicine practitioners. This may help to prevent heart attack and/or stroke.

          All the best,

        • Kate8

          sue – People suffer harm from “real” doctors every day (I assume you mean MDs). My mom died because he medication she was on destroyed her kidneys.

          I could give you so many examples of people who suffered real damage and/or death from “real” doctors, including my own family.

          There are many kinds of doctors. Just because they aren’t allopathic doesn’t make them less valid. To each his own.

        • coal miner


          Real doctor?
          The word doctor derives from Latin,meaning teacher.

        • http://?? Joe H.

          if you are still here, please read my post above. I pray God heals your heart and mind!!! He will if you let him!!

    • Karolyn

      Why don’t you do a little researh first, Sue, before blasting any alternative methods (which I’m sure you do). I would venture to guess that you are on medications. Am I right?

      • Kate8

        Karolyn – Western medicine is so caught up in “science” that they miss the whole point, which is healing!

        We are energy beings, and when we begin to realize this a whole new world of wonder awaits. Scientists can try to dissect it, analyze it, put it in little boxes and stick labels on it, but until we learn to let go of all that and play in the flow, we’ll just end up frustrated and cynical.

        It’s like trying to dissect God, separate Him into components, understand Him and conquer Him. It’s a vain attempt. Can’t be done.

        If we just take off our shoes and jump in, we might just find what we’ve always secretly desired but didn’t think was possible.

      • sue

        y’all are just small

        • Karolyn

          WE’RE small?

          • libertytrain

            Karolyn – on another note – nice for you, possibly, that Amazon is coming to your area soon – at least it could be good.

          • Karolyn

            I would imagine good for many people. Too far for me if they move to York County. However, there is a lot of land around here in Chesterfield Co. I wonder if any of our “promoters” are working on getting them. Hmmmmm. Actually, we’re probably too out of the way.

          • libertytrain

            Sounds like Lexington County – I’m on the border of NC/SC but not in your area so don’t know the counties. 1200 jobs expected – that’s good. I thought you said you were in Columbia SC but I may be remembering incorrectly.

          • Karolyn

            Liberty – I heard this morning it is Lexington. I live in the rural sandhills southeast of Charlotte.

          • libertytrain

            Ah, I’m seriously RIGHT on the border in the mountains – seldom get down to Charlotte unless I choose to fly out of there and when we do fly come through SC and into Charlotte that way -

    • TIME

      I agree with Bob 100% your 100% out of line.

      • sue

        LOL such a joke

        • Bob Wire

          Sue, sorry to hear of your loss and I think we can all understand your position.

          I’ve used many chiropractors over the years and I assure you, they are not all the same or equal by an sense of the word.

          Out of 10 of them, 1 is in the wrong profession and better at calf roping.

          Out of 10, two will be heaven sent, leaving the other 7 to fall somewhere in between.

          I’ve had one that hurt me to where I soiled my pants once. But like they are telling you, going to any medical doctor is not without risk.

          I think more people are hurt and damaged with the rubber band effect of powerful drugs then ever be hurt by chiropractors or acupuncturist. From losing the pigment of the skin all over your body, skin irritation, hair loss, can’t sleep, can’t eat, can’t think, can’t read, can’t watch TV, all the things a normal person takes for granted the side effect from drugs can take away. ~

          My 84 year old father had to wear a gown for 8 month as his skin became so sensitive and his cloths burned his skin from the side effect of drugs.

          So there is no guarantees, your husband death was a tragedy, I am deeply sorry.


    • Dr. Mark Wiley

      Dear Sue,
      Your opinion and misplaced anger aside, nowhere in the article did I offer “a chiro” perspective of acupuncture. Indeed, I presented the findings (based on clinical trials) of the World Health Organization.
      I hope you find a happier time in your life.
      Dr. Wiley

  • RichardS

    Here’s where we part company. I believe everything you’ve been taught and heard about acupuncture is wrong. In reality it only likely to work if the patient believes it works and there are many who have received no benefits from it’s placebo effects.

    Here’s a presentation I found that outlines the real history of acupuncture. I believe it is firmly routed in mysticism:

    An excellent science based summary comes from this link at

    Here’s this snip of it for starters:

    There were originally 360 acupuncture points (loosely based on the number of days in a year rather than on anatomy). Currently more than 2000 acupuncture points have been “discovered”, leading one wag to comment that there was no skin left that was not an acupuncture point! There were either 9, 10, or 11 meridians — take your pick. Any number is as good as another, because no research has ever been able to document the existence of acupuncture points or meridians or qi.

    Does acupuncture work? Which type of acupuncture? And what do you mean by “work”? There are various different Chinese systems, plus Japanese, Thai, Korean and Indian modalities, most of which have been invented over the last few decades: whole body or limited to the scalp, hand, ear, foot, or cheek and chin; deep or superficial; with electrified needles; with dermal pad electrodes and no skin penetration.

    • Karolyn

      TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) and acupuncture are the only things that have worked for 1000s of years. That and folk remedies. The more we turn to traditional oldtime medicine, the less money goes to big Pharma and their snake oil. I’d rather give my money to a natural practitioner; and even then it’s gonna be a hell of a lot less than all the money that’s being spent on pharmaceuticals these days!

    • Kate8

      RichardS – You are still thinking inside the box.

      Because the western mind has been so trapped in 3D thinking, that if it isn’t solid and chemically identifiable, it doesn’t exist.

      Well, I’m here to tell you that there is much more at play here than a 3D world, and it depends on which “science” one chooses to study.

      And it doesn’t require a belief in it, either. It helps, but then, I’ve seen many skeptics become believers when they got better!

      Luckily, we can still choose how we want to manage our health. Go with what works for you. The only thing that matters is results.

      • Kate8

        BTW Richard, Science itself has shown that in any kind of trials and experiments, the beliefs and expectations of the ones doing the trials has a significant effect on the outcomes.

        That is a real clue to the nature of ‘reality’.

        • http://?? Joe H.

          how true! There was a trial for some drug a few years back that ALL the respondents were told privately that they were getting the real drug. Well it seems that three had marked improvement on sugar pills! Just goes to show you the power of the mind!!!!

    • Faith Skogstad

      Hi RichardS– This is what I like to say: “You can stay here and wait for someone to prove something to you, meanwhile I’m going to go prove some things for myself.” There are plenty of studies about acupuncture that say it works, and some that say it doesn’t. I’ve been around long enough to see some of the Western medicine studies about Western medicine declare something definitively, and then another study contradict it a few years later. Some pharmaceuticals are prescribed after passing “rigorous studies” and getting FDA approved, but then are pulled from the market when they don’t work the way they should. Many of the herbs and formulas in Chinese medicine have been used by people for thousands of years, which is way longer than any study done by a pharmaceutical company.

  • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Virginia

    After having had migrane headaches for over twenty years, (doctors could’nt do anything except give me drugs), I went to a chinese doctor (in tears) I was in such pain. He hugged me and said “I will help you”. He did acupuncture and within 20 minutes the pain was gone! I went back 8 times and have not had a migrane in 18 years. I went to him for a knee injury, doctors wanted to do surgery. I went to Dr. Chang instead. No surgery, knee is fine. That was 15 years ago. I am a 72 year female. No medications of any kind. Doctors and nurses are amazed when I go in for a check-up and they ask for a list of medications and I answer, NONE. I am an advocate for acupuncture, because, I KNOW it works! Tennis elbow, etc. I am bummed because I moved and cannot find a good acupuncturist in this area.

    • Kate8

      Virginia – In your post, what struck me was the difference in the demeanor of the acupuncturist (a hug and “I will help you”) and what you normally get in a medial office.

      Very telling, don’t you think?

      Healing begins in the heart.

  • Arcadia CA once

    We should be skeptical of anything the WHO says. They probably say vaccines work and a host of other practices in conventional medicine. Maybe they’ll get around to saying nutrition works. March to your own drummer.

    • Kate8

      Arcadia – I would guess this is one of their “If you can’t beat them, control them” ploys.

      There are some cats you just can’t put back in the bag.

      • Kate8

        PS – Just watch them try to limit the things it can be used for.

  • Whiskey Jewels

    These reply’s sound very interesting. Does anyone know any of the “real ones” in the Las Vegas area? Thank you.

    • Faith Skogstad


  • oldtimeyman

    My wife suffers, and I mean suffers, with non-diabetic neuropathy and scoliosis. Could acupuncture help her?

    • Karolyn

      I have heard that a good acupuncturist can help anything, not that I’ve had experience with it. However, if the Chinese have stood behind it for so long, that’s good enough for me.

  • Alex D

    Been depressed over 15 y ears. Tried everything – nothing works. Willing to try acupuncture. Anyone know of a therapist in Las Vegas?

    • Kate8

      Alex D – Try EFT. There are also many therapists using it now, because it is so simple and effective for emotional pain. And it usually only takes a few treatments, not only to clear stuck issues, but to learn how to deal with things as they come up.

      Just google EFT. You’ll get lots of great info and videos. There will probably be some you can use.

      I have a good video called “Try It on Everything”. It is of a small group that gathered to be part of an EFT training weekend. Some of the participants had suffered major traumas, physical and emotional. Stuff like PTSD (one was a war veteran). They were freed from this.

    • Faith Skogstad

  • Karolyn

    Well, it’s about time. It’s only taken, what, 1000 years?

  • Suma G Nathan

    I’m in Las Vegas, N.V, but have consulting over phone & E-mail, my professional practice of over 30 yrs. I can work with both modulaties
    of western meds, from your medical Doc and I work with combinations
    of Vits, Minerals, Amino Acids, Chinese, Ayurvedic, American Indian &
    & Rainforest Herbals, which can be combined to avoid Degenerate Deseases, and slow down the Aging Clock. coming from the pioneers of the 50′s & 60′s in the Holistic Field.Specializing in Auto-Immune Diseases, Cancer, Fibro, Heart Disease, Stroke, Infections etc.
    I am now doing in house Seminars as well.
    Suma G Nathan
    Certified Registered Holistic Nutritionist
    Certified Chinese Herbologist
    Holistic Health Journalist

  • Barb

    I live in Las Vegas. Have been going to an accupuncturist here since 2004. Some of my conditions have been helped by her treatment: Sinus infections, COPD, ear infections, vertigo, opthalmic conditions, blood pressure…to name some.

    She is certified in Chinese Medicine, receiving training in China in addition to her formal Chinese Medicine training here in the States.

    She is one great woman! A healer and encourager.

    Her name:
    Farolyn McSweeney, OMD, L.Ac.
    702 240-2287
    2000 W. Horizon Ridge
    Las Vegas, NV 89052

    I also have a primary care physician, and am under the care of an eye specialist. I have chiropractic treatments on occasion, and take Yoga classes. I believe there is good in both eastern and western medicines.

  • Bob

    After about a dozen acupuncture treatments, I was off crutches. I went to a allopathic doctor who did x-rays and recommended a total knee replacement.

    I happened upon an acupuncturist locally, who gave me 90% odds he could help me regain the ability to walk. No, I don’t jog, or run, but I can go up and down stairs, and am off crutches. It is not a miracle, but has regained a lot of mobility, and it also is not a once and one thing either. I go back for monthly treatments.

    Not only has this helped me with my knee, but many other spots on my body. It works. No, it is not psychosomatic or in my mind either. I know all about that.

    • Bob Wire

      That’s good testimony Bob !

      Glad you are on the heal up.

  • Kent W. Davis D.M.D.

    What type of positive response have been seen with individuals classified as Bi-Polar?

  • http://(none) Martin G. Rosenthal, MD

    As a urologist, I have the greatest respect for renal (and biliary) colic, and would welcome anything, since the strongest marcotics in generous doses seldom gove complete releif, that would help.

    But these are the most severe pains that are, and I, for muyself and my patients at least, would not opt for the little needles.

    Forty years ago, Cinese doctors reported doing thoracic surgery etc. with acupuncture and no other anesthetic agent. Naturally, every anesthiologist was transiently enthused and tried to duplicate the Asian claims.

    Total failure, conclusion: it was autosuggestion, and the fashion faded quckly.

  • stephen russell

    I had accupuncture 1X on a Princess Liner to Mexico, hefty fee
    But felt better, like 2 see more near Hospitals alone.
    Improved my Life some.

  • Mac2

    Puncturing the Acupuncture Myth
    by Harriet Hall, M.D.

    BY DEFINITION, “ALTERNATIVE” MEDICINE CONSISTS OF TREATMENTS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN and that have not been accepted into mainstream medicine. The question I keep hearing is, “But what about acupuncture? It’s been proven to work, it’s supported by lots of good research, more and more doctors are using it, and insurance companies even pay for it.” It’s time the acupuncture myth was punctured — preferably with an acupuncture needle. Almost everything you’ve heard about acupuncture is wrong.
    To start with, this ancient Chinese treatment is not so ancient and may not even be Chinese! From studying the earliest documents, Chinese scholar Paul Unschuld suspects the idea may have originated with the Greek Hippocrates of Cos and later spread to China. It’s definitely not 3000 years old. The earliest Chinese medical texts, from the 3rd century BCE, do not mention it. The earliest reference to “needling” is from 90 BCE, but it refers to bloodletting and lancing abscesses with large needles or lancets. There is nothing in those documents to suggest anything like today’s acupuncture. We have the archaeological evidence of needles from that era — they are large; the technology for manufacturing thin steel needles appropriate for acupuncture didn’t exist until about 400 years ago.
    The earliest accounts of Chinese medicine reached the West in the 13th century: they didn’t mention acupuncture at all. The first Westerner to write about acupuncture, Wilhelm ten Rhijn, in 1680, didn’t describe acupuncture as we know it today: he didn’t mention specific points or “qi;” he spoke of large gold needles that were implanted deep into the skull or “womb” and left in place for 30 respirations.
    Acupuncture was tried off and on in Europe after that. It was first tried in America in 1826 as a possible means of resuscitating drowning victims. They couldn’t get it to work and “gave up in disgust.” I imagine sticking needles in soggy dead bodies was pretty disgusting.
    Through the early 20th century, no Western account of acupuncture referred to acupuncture points: needles were simply inserted near the point of pain. Qi was originally vapor arising from food, and meridians were channels or vessels. A Frenchman, Georges Soulie de Morant, was the first to use the term “meridian” and to equate qi with energy — in 1939. Auricular (ear) acupuncture was invented by a Frenchman in 1957.
    The Chinese government tried to ban acupuncture several times, between 1822 and World War II during the time of the Chinese Nationalist government. Mao revived it in the “barefoot doctor” campaign in the 1960s as a cheap way of providing care to the masses; he did not use it himself because he did not believe it worked. It was Mao’s government that coined the term “traditional Chinese medicine” or TCM.
    In 1972 James Reston accompanied Nixon to China and returned to tell about his appendectomy. It was widely believed that his appendix was removed under acupuncture anesthesia. In reality, acupuncture was used only as an adjunct for pain relief the day after surgery, and the relief was probably coincident with the expected return of normal bowel motility. A widely circulated picture of a patient allegedly undergoing open heart surgery with acupuncture anesthesia was shown to be bogus. If acupuncture is used in surgery today, it is used along with conventional anesthesia and/or pre-operative medication, and it is selected only for patients who believe in it and are likely to have a placebo response.
    As acupuncture increased in popularity in the West, it declined in the East. In 1995, visiting American physicians were told only 15–20% of Chinese chose TCM, and it was usually used along with Western treatments after diagnosis by a Western-trained physician. Apparently some patients choose TCM because it is all they can afford: despite being a Communist country, China does not have universal health coverage.
    There were originally 360 acupuncture points (loosely based on the number of days in a year rather than on anatomy). Currently more than 2000 acupuncture points have been “discovered”, leading one wag to comment that there was no skin left that was not an acupuncture point. There were either 9, 10, or 11 meridians — take your pick. Any number is as good as another, because no research has ever been able to document the existence of acupuncture points or meridians or qi.
    Does acupuncture work? Which type of acupuncture? And what do you mean by “work”? There are various different Chinese systems, plus Japanese, Thai, Korean and Indian modalities, most of which have been invented over the last few decades: whole body or limited to the scalp, hand, ear, foot, or cheek and chin; deep or superficial; with electrified needles; with dermal pad electrodes and no skin penetration.
    Acupuncture works in the same manner that placebos work. It has been shown to “work” to relieve pain, nausea, and other subjective symptoms, but it has never been shown to alter the natural history or course of any disease. Today it’s mostly used for pain, but early Chinese acupuncturists maintained that it was not for the treatment of manifest disease, that it was so subtle that it should only be employed at the very beginning of a disease process, and that it was only likely to work if the patient believed it would work. Now there’s a bit of ancient wisdom!
    Studies have shown that acupuncture releases natural opioid pain relievers in the brain: endorphins. Veterinarians have pointed out that loading a horse into a trailer or throwing a stick for a dog also releases endorphins. Probably hitting yourself on the thumb with a hammer would release endorphins too, and it would take your mind off your headache.
    Psychologists can list plenty of other things that could explain the apparent response to acupuncture. Diverting attention from original symptoms to the sensation of needling, expectation, suggestion, mutual consensus and compliance demand, causality error, classic conditioning, reciprocal conditioning, operant conditioning, operator conditioning, reinforcement, group consensus, economic and emotional investment, social and political disaffection, social rewards for believing, variable course of disease, regression to the mean — there are many ways human psychology can fool us into thinking ineffective treatments are effective. Then there’s the fact that all placebos are not equal — an elaborate system involving lying down, relaxing, and spending time with a caring authority can be expected to produce a much greater placebo effect than simply taking a sugar pill.
    There are plenty of studies showing that acupuncture works for subjective symptoms like pain and nausea. But there are several things that throw serious doubt on their findings. The results are inconsistent, with some studies finding an effect and others not. The higher quality studies are less likely to find an effect. Most of the studies are done by believers in acupuncture. Many subjects would not volunteer for an acupuncture trial unless they had a bias towards believing it might work. The acupuncture studies coming from China and other oriental countries are all positive — but then nearly everything coming out of China is positive. It’s not culturally acceptable to publish negative results because researchers would lose face and their jobs.
    The biggest problem with acupuncture studies is finding an adequate placebo control. You’re sticking needles in people. People notice that. Double blinding is impossible: you might be able to fool patients into thinking you’ve used a needle when you haven’t, but there’s no way to blind the person doing the needling. Two kinds of controls have been used: comparing acupuncture points to non-points, and using an ingenious needle in a sheath that appears to have penetrated the skin when it hasn’t.
    In George Ulett’s research, he found that applying an electrical current to the skin of the wrist — a kind of TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) treatment — worked just as well as inserting needles, and one point on the wrist worked for symptoms anywhere in the body.
    Guess what? It doesn’t matter where you put the needle. It doesn’t matter whether you use a needle at all. In the best controlled studies, only one thing mattered: whether the patients believed they were getting acupuncture. If they believed they got the real thing, they got better pain relief — whether they actually got acupuncture or not! If they got acupuncture but believed they didn’t, it didn’t work. If they didn’t get it but believed they did, it did work.
    Acupuncturists have used ingenious rationalizations to try to salvage failed studies. In a recent study using sham acupuncture as a control, both the sham placebo acupuncture and the true acupuncture worked equally well; both were better than no treatment. The obvious conclusion was that acupuncture was no better than a placebo. Instead, the researchers insisted that real acupuncture worked and that placebo acupuncture worked too! Another acupuncture researcher recently decided not to use a placebo control in his research because any stimulation of the skin might be effective — which seems to me to pretty much destroy the whole rationale for acupuncture, but he didn’t seem to notice that. If that were true, we could just caress or massage our patients instead of inserting needles and postulating imaginary qi and meridians.
    Considering the inconsistent research results, the implausibility of qi and meridians, and the many questions that remain, it’s reasonable to conclude that acupuncture is nothing more than a recipe for an elaborate placebo seasoned with a soupçon of counter-irritant. You can play human pincushion if you want, and you might get a good placebo response, but there’s no evidence you’ll get anything more.

  • richard

    The Chinese have invented Nothing so why would u believe in Acupuncture anyways. Its more garbage out of one of the worst places on the planet. They have no civilization to speak of other than overpopulating and ruining this planet. What have they contributed to the World. Its the West thats created Everything………….

    • Aiping Fulepp

      Dear Richard,
      please read and understand my comment below |

  • Aiping Fulepp

    Dear Richard,
    It is people like you that usually get sick. I’t is people like you that are ruining the planet and with only people like you there would be no civilizaton.

    Change and you shall live a better life.


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