Chronic Pain – 7 Potential Health Benefits of Acupuncture

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Article Review: 7 Potential Health Benefits of Acupuncture:

Just wanted to dive into one of the latest news articles released by EverydayHealth.com about Acupuncture.

Justin Laube MD, medical editor for Everyday Health has just reviewed this article relating to: “7 Potential Health benefits of Acupuncture”

Lauren Bedoski (3), Health Writer, outlines 7 well known potential areas where Acupuncture might be used in either a supportive role, or primary role.

And surprise surprise, what comes in at number 1 position?

Chronic pain.

There has been a lot of research into the use of Acupuncture for the management of chronic pain. In a recent article I wrote, much research has been done by the US military and the pentagon, into “battlefield acupuncture”.

In fact, this article released 13 years ago, outlines how the pentagon is using many alternative therapies, including yoga and Acupuncture.

Battlefield acupuncture in particular, uses a form of ear Acupuncture, similar to the NADA protocol.

Battlefield Acupuncture is of particular benefit to the military, because it is quick, effective and easy to implement into many strategic areas and can be applied as a standalone protocol.

Chronic pain has been one of the main areas of focus for Acupuncture and is rapidly gaining in popularity and is also beginning to be accepted into some benefit schemes.

As the article states, “in January 2021, the CMS finalized its decision to cover acupuncture therapy for chronic low back pain for Medicare beneficiaries.”

As we can see, this particular article has been reviewed by a medical DR, so it would appear that medically trained professionals are beginning to accept its use, or at least consider where it might be appropriate, which means we have come a long way.

I can say from personal experience in day to day practice, within my Acupuncture clinic, that anecdotally, more patients mention their GP’s recommending Acupuncture for certain conditions.

The article also mentions 6 other areas of health: Allergic Asthma, Sleep, Nausea, Headaches/Migraine, Menstrual cramps and Post operative surgery support.

Considering that Acupuncture is commonly seen as a stimulus to aid the body’s innate healing response, post surgical recovery makes a lot of sense. Especially considering that often pain is a common symptom that follows these interventions, due to scarring and trauma associated

And that’s one of the reasons I have a particular focus on pain conditions in my Acupuncture clinic in Hobart, because it seems to be a real strength of Acupuncture.

Why fight your strengths?

Chad

Acupuncture Practitioner in Hobart

REFERENCES:

1: https://www.everydayhealth.com/authors/justin-laube/ – Medical DR and Article reviewer Justin Laube MD

2: https://www.everydayhealth.com/alternative-health/potential-health-benefits-of-acupuncture/ – 7 Potential benefits of acupuncture

3: https://www.everydayhealth.com/authors/lauren-bedosky/ – Health Writer, Lauren Bedoski

4: https://www.wired.com/2011/12/pentagon-alt-med-mecca/ –  Pentagon and Acupuncture

5: Picture Credit – https://www.spinenerve.com/acupuncture-for-chronic-pain 

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