In May 2018, the American Academy of Family Practitioners newsletter included an article titled “Research Finds Acupuncture Effective for Chronic Pain.”

It described chronic pain as, “a significant condition that affects millions of Americans” ... and highlighted “one therapy that has received considerable attention for the treatment of chronic pain is acupuncture” ... and that, “in an updated (study) published in the Journal of Pain, researchers concluded that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain, that the effects of acupuncture persist over time, and that the benefits of acupuncture cannot be explained away solely by the placebo effect.”

It’s nice to finally see peer-reviewed published research confirming that the benefits of Acupuncture are clinically significant and not all in your head.

It may seem like a small thing, but it’s not. This represents progress for physicians and patients alike, because statements like these, from reputable sources, encourage changes in clinical recommendations and increases patients’ access to safe and effective treatment alternatives for chronic pain, like acupuncture.

Similarly, in February 2017 the American College of Physicians (ACP), released an updated evidence-based clinical practice guideline, which recommends “physicians help patients select (a non-drug) therapy, like exercise, acupuncture, mindfulness-based stress reduction, tai chi, yoga, motor control exercise, progressive relaxation, biofeedback, low-level laser therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy or spinal manipulation for patients with chronic low back pain.”

Acupuncture remains active among the world’s oldest medical modalities for good reason. Finally, new research supports an evidence-based model for acupuncture and offers a better understanding of its underlying treatment mechanisms.

Does this mean that acupuncture works better today than it did in 450 A.D.? Of course not. It’s always been safe and effective.

Only now, the data exists to confirm what millions of people already know and have known: Acupuncture works, especially for chronic pain.

According to the American College of Physicians, “In the past three months, about 1 in 4 U.S. adults reported having low back pain lasting at least one day. If you are counted among those suffering with back pain, talk to your doctor about treatment alternatives and consider trying acupuncture.

Is acupuncture right for every patient and every condition? No, but for millions of people every day from all around the world, including lots of people right here in Citrus County, treatment with acupuncture enables them to remain active and less reliant on drugs and other pain medications.

Contact David Bibbey, L.Ac. DOM, doctor of Oriental medicine, at Alternative Primary Care, 441 SE Kings Bay Drive, Crystal River, 352-464-1645.

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