Why Acupuncture/Traditional Medicine?
According to the World Health Organization:
- 25% of modern medicines are made from plants first used traditionally.
- Acupuncture has been proven effective in relieving postoperative pain, nausea during pregnancy, nausea and vomiting resulting from chemotherapy, and dental pain with extremely low side effects.
- It can also alleviate anxiety, panic disorders and insomnia.
- In China, traditional herbal preparations account for 30-50% of the total medicinal consumption.
- In Europe, North America and other industrialized regions, over 50% of the population have used complementary or alternative medicine at least once.
- 70% of the population in Canada have used complementary medicine at least once.
- In San Francisco, London and South Africa, 75% of people living with HIV/AIDS use traditional/traditional Chinese Medicine.
- In the United States, 158 million of the adult population use complementary medicines and according to the USA Commission for Alternative and Complementary medicines, $17 billion was spent on traditional remedies in 2000.
- The global market for herbal medicines currently stands at over $60 billion annually and is growing steadily.
And in recent news, acupuncture has been shown effective in reducing and reversing hair loss in chemotherapy patients; it also reduces the feeling of heat in chemo/radiation patients.
A 2002 German study compared the efficacy of in-vitro fertilization alone vs. IVF + acupuncture and found that acupuncture significantly benefits the treatment of infertility.
In this study, 80 women received IVF + acupuncture and another 80 women received IVF-alone. In the acupuncture group 34 women got pregnant (42.5%). In the IVF-alone group only 21 women got pregnant (26.3%).
A recent American study of 114 women yielded similar results: of the group that received IVF + acupuncture, 51% got pregnant whereas only 36% of women who received IVF alone got pregnant.
Perhaps even more tellingly, the rate of miscarriage in the IVF-alone group was 20%, whereas in the IVF + acupuncture group only 8% miscarried—and the acupuncture group also showed a lower rate of ectopic pregnancy.
– Dr. Danchak