Is there evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, supplements, and good nutrition–some of the basics of Traditional Chinese Medicine? Yes. Here are some basic examples of that research, though you can find much, much more via a PubMed online search.
People question whether acupuncture has a true therapeutic effect, or whether it works merely through the placebo effect, the power of suggestion, or the enthusiasm with which patients wish for a cure. There is therefore a need for scientific studies that evaluate the effectiveness of acupuncture under controlled clinical conditions. Some of these studies have provided incontrovertible scientific evidence that acupuncture is more successful than placebo treatments in certain conditions. For example, the proportion of chronic pain relieved by acupuncture is generally in the range 55–85%, which compares favourably with that of potent drugs (morphine helps in 70% of cases) and far outweighs the placebo effect (30–35%). In addition, the mechanisms of acupuncture analgesia have been studied extensively since the late 1970s, revealing the role of neural and humoral factors.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
EEG effects of acupuncture
Generally speaking, acupuncture treatment is safe, if it is performed properly by a well-trained practitioner. Unlike many drugs, it is non-toxic, and adverse reactions are minimal. This is probably one of the chief reasons why acupuncture is so popular in the treatment of chronic pain in many countries. As mentioned previously, acupuncture is comparable with morphine preparations in its effectiveness against chronic pain, but without the adverse effects of morphine, such as dependency.
Effectiveness of Acupuncture for pain–chronic, injury, menstrual, headache
Acupuncture for chronic pain ( JAMA Internal Medicine)
Effectiveness of Acupuncture for Allergies
Effectiveness of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs for Digestive Issues
Effectiveness of Acupuncture for Sleep
Over its 2500 years of development, a wealth of experience has accumulated in the practice of acupuncture, attesting to the wide range of diseases and conditions that can be effectively treated with this approach.
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