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Dec 23
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The Cleveland Clinic and Acupuncture

Posted on: December 23rd, 2014 by drwhittle No Comments

cleveland clinic and acupunctureIn 2014, The Cleveland Clinic set up the first Chinese medicine program in a major US hospital. Katie Kouric, Time magazine, and The Wall Street Journal all reported on the developments. The news is extraordinary, because the Cleveland Clinic was ranked one of the top four hospitals in the United States, by US News and World Report, and it has an impeccable reputation. So how is it that such an esteemed hospital is opening its doors to the east and embracing the venerable tradition of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine?

In recent years, not only are informed citizens driving healthcare towards a more holistic approach of doing medicine, but also research is confirming in many cases, what indigenous populations have known for centuries. Herbal medicine is a case in point. While practitioners of Chinese medicine like to point out that herbal medicine in China is thousands of years old, and that stone acupuncture needles have been found dating more than ten thousand years back into prehistory, recent research is the more compelling narrative for hospital administrators that acupuncture and Chinese medicine are not passing fads.

In a pdf published by the Cleveland Clinic called “The Chinese Herbal Therapy Fact Sheet”, the authors explain that Chinese medicine and acupuncture, “helps you regain homeostasis, or balance, in your body, and helps you attain resistance to disease.” They go on to state that:

“Chinese herbs may be used to:

•Decrease cold/flu symptoms
•Increase your energy
•Improve your breathing
•Improve digestion
•Improve your sleep
•decrease pain
•Improve menopausal symptoms
•Help regulate menstrual cycles if infertility is an issue

Major changes are happening in the US in regards to acupuncture and Chinese medicine, and it looks like The Cleveland Clinic and acupuncture, just like the west and east, are forging a new and exciting relationship for the 21st century.

To download your free copy of The Cleveland Clinic Center for Integrative Medicine’s fact sheet on Chinese Herbal Therapy, just click here.

To visit the Cleveland Clinic website, click here.

And to schedule your free consult for Acupuncture, or Chinese herbal medicine in Asheville, NC give us a call at (828) 254-4405.

Dec 16
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World Health Organization and Acupuncture

Posted on: December 16th, 2014 by drwhittle No Comments

world health organization acupunctureMany people are not aware of how supportive the WHO, World Health Organization, has been of Acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

In the background to their lengthy report on Acupuncture, the WHO says:

“The past two decades have seen extensive studies on acupuncture, and great efforts have been made to conduct controlled clinical trials that include the use of “sham” acupuncture or “placebo” acupuncture controls. Although still limited in number because of the difficulties of carrying out such trials, convincing reports,based on sound research methodology, have been published. In addition, experimental investigations on the mechanism of acupuncture have been carried out. This research, while aimed chiefly at answering how acupuncture works, may also provide evidence in support of its effectiveness.

In 1991, a progress report on traditional medicine and modern health care was submitted by the Director-General of WHO to the Forty-fourth World Health Assembly.

The report pointed out that in countries where acupuncture forms part of the cultural heritage, its use in an integrated approach to modern and traditional medicine presents no difficulty. However, in countries where modern Western medicine is the foundation of health care, the ethical use of acupuncture requires objective evidence of its efficacy under controlled clinical conditions.

In 1996, a draft report on the clinical practice of acupuncture was reviewed at the WHO Consultation on Acupuncture held in Cervia, Italy. The participants recommended that WHO should revise the report, focusing on data from controlled clinical trials. This publication is the outcome of that process.”

World Health Organization Acupuncture

In an official report, Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials, the World Health Organization (WHO) has listed the following symptoms, diseases and conditions that have been shown through controlled trials to be treated effectively by acupuncture:

  • low back pain
  • neck pain
  • sciatica
  • tennis elbow
  • knee pain
  • periarthritis of the shoulder
  • sprains
  • facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
  • headache
  • dental pain
  • tempromandibular (TMJ) dysfunction
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • induction of labor
  • correction of malposition of fetus (breech presentation)
  • morning sickness
  • nausea and vomiting
  • postoperative pain
  • stroke
  • essential hypertension
  • primary hypotension
  • renal colic
  • leucopenia
  • adverse reactions to radiation or chemotherapy
  • allergic rhinitis, including hay fever
  • biliary colic
  • depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
  • acute bacillary dysentery
  • primary dysmenorrhea
  • acute epigastralgia
  • peptic ulcer
  • acute and chronic gastritis

You can see the full study and other information about the WHO and Acupuncture here.

Contact The Blue Ridge Acupuncture Clinic in Asheville, North Carolina: (828) 254-4405.