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Science for Acupuncture?

June 19, 2017

What Does The Latest Science Say About Acupuncture?

According to a major recent review of all the scientific research to date, acupuncture now has good evidence that it is effective for relieving the symptoms of 8 conditions, with moderate evidence supporting acupuncture in relieving the symptoms of a further 38 conditions. In addition, the evidence of us for 71 conditions and there symptoms remain unclear and will require further research.

Symptoms that contain good and moderate scientific evidence include the following:

  • Hayfever and allergies
  • Knee osteoarthritis, chronic lower back pain, acute lower back pain, neck pain, sciatica, TMJ syndrome, plantar foot pain, shoulder pain, tennis elbow, post-stroke pain and recovery, pregnancy related back and pelvic pain, and labour pain
  • Tension headaches and migraine prevention
  • Chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting, post-operative nausea and vomiting, post operative pain and recovery
  • Anxiety, low mood (with medication), and insomnia
  • IBS, obesity, and constipation
  • High blood pressure (with medication), menopausal hot flushes, adult asthma, dry eye, and smoking cessation (acute <3 months)

The authors ended the study concluding that:

“It has been estimated that there is a 17-year time lag in translating clinical research into clinical practice (5). During this time patients are being deprived of the benefit of a proven therapy. Health policy makers now have clear conditions associated with a significant burden of disease where acupuncture should be integrated into current clinical guidelines without further delay.”

At Essendon Natural Health, we believe in the integration of natural and convention approaches. If you or your medical doctor would like to discuss how acupuncture could be integrated into your current healthcare plan, please feel free to contact us and we would be happy to write to your medical doctor about how we could help and what evidence there is to support the use of acupuncture.

Source: McDonald J, Janz S. The Acupuncture Evidence Project: A Comparative Literature Review (Revised Edition). Brisbane: Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd; 2017.

Robert Gentile

B.C.M (Hons), C.Clin.Prac (China), C.Toyohari. Registered Acupuncturist and Herbalist. Integrative Natural Medicine Practitioner.

Robert is a passionate and warm practitioner who has an extensive knowledge of integrative and functional natural medicine. He is down to earth and has an interest in organic foods, gardening and sustainable living. With over a decade of experience, he is renowned for being very thorough by both fellow practitioners and patients alike.