In honor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) Day, which falls on October 24, HealingRadius wants to acknowledge one of our rising stars and an alternative therapy that is more important than you may think. To start, acupuncture is a complementary and holistic approach to stimulating certain areas of the body with needles that can alleviate pain or treat health conditions. The technique first started over 8,000 years ago in China and is now used by millions and millions of people across the globe.
Mostly, it’s the time and effort needed to bring a patient’s energy flow back into proper balance through 350 acupuncture points in their body. Experts state that acupuncture needles can stimulate muscles, nerves, and connective tissues, helping to produce pain relief and a variety of therapeutic benefits.
Let’s Dive Into the Facts
A couple of years ago, JAMA Internal Medicine, a peer-reviewed medical journal, published the results of an acupuncture-based study for chronic pain. The patients who received acupuncture during the study felt less pain afterward, concluding that “acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain and is therefore a reasonable referral option.”
In 2014, an acupuncturist, a professor emeritus of complementary medicine, a senior research fellow, a member of the Dept. of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care at UCI, a pharmacologist, and a retired family physician all walked into a bar. Just kidding, but they did come together to discuss the treatment of acupuncture. Although their opinions varied, one contender said, “Strong evidence exists that acupuncture is effective for chronic pain conditions. For depression, we have evidence that [it] is a useful adjunct to conventional care.”
In addition to that, someone else stated, “My opinion is that acupuncture stimulations trigger the release of beneficial hormones and, theoretically, can serve as a mood stabilizer.”
Among the positive feedback out there, speculations do exist, so we must stick together as a wellness community and promote acupuncture as a beneficial form of alternative therapy.
If you’ve never had an acupuncture treatment, October 24 is the perfect day to experience its wonders and see if it’s right for you! Visit our online marketplace to search for and book an appointment with an acupuncturist in your area. We wish you all a very happy AOM Day!
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