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Why Acupuncture/Traditional Medicine?


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