Last month I wrote about how alternative medicine has come a long way in the last decade. It seems I am not the only acupuncturist/blogger taking notice. This recent post from the Portland Acupuncture Blog by Amy Chitwood Burslem is exciting and informative.
The global spread of Chinese Medicine is taking place before our eyes! Acupuncture is becoming more accepted into the mainstream every day – it’s a great time to be an acupuncturist, and I can’t wait to see where we are in 10 years.
*If you are interested in more acupuncture articles, go to WellWire.com and look in the ‘News‘ section. WellWire has a stream of new articles and ideas posted daily on the site, written by naturopathic doctors, acupuncture practitioners, top herbalists, and a lot of other amazing authors! I’m honored to be a part of this project and be connected with other practitioners who also love what they do.
*The economy needs acupuncture to heal itself. Well, not exactly in those words, but pretty close! The New York Times posted this article discussing how we need to prevent instead of treating the symptoms of the problem, which is exactly what Traditional Chinese Medicine does. We help prevent injuries to that already unstable knee, take care of the imbalance within the body that is causing digestive problems or difficulty getting pregnant, and preventing colds and coughs. Prevent the crisis you see coming BEFORE it happens!
*I know this has been in the news for a while, but women who are undergoing treatment for breast cancer and are using the drug Tamoxifen often suffer from hot flashes as a side effect. Acupuncture has proven to help with these side effects safely and effectively – read more about the study in which two treatment groups were divided into either the anti-depressant drug Effexor (the standard treatment) or acupuncture alone. The results were that the women in the acupuncture group experienced less side effects and had relief from the hot flashes.
Acupuncture is becoming more widely used, it prevents problems we can’t foresee, and it really works! These are just three great reasons to give acupuncture a try this year!