Science: Catching up to Acupuncture

By Suzanne Swearengen, DOM, AP

Here in the United States, Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is commonly viewed as a last resort when Allopathic medicine has failed. This is in part due to the lack of understanding of how/why Acupuncture works. Interestingly, it is widely accepted that pills work, even though the average person does not know how they work. With the growing number of people who have experienced the benefits of Acupuncture, scientists have begun implementing new technologies that are allowing us to determine how stimulating Acupuncture points affects the body.

Advanced Style of Acupuncture

It is a common misconception that acupuncture should be given to the affected area of a patient’s disease. This concept of “local” treatment is actually less effective and misses the magic of acupuncture theory.  The body possesses a complex system of connections, primarily made of nerves and blood vessels.  Acupuncture uses its meridian system to describe the functional organization of these connections to help relieve pain and improve bodily functions.  As Dr.

Are You Stuck in First Gear?

woman waiting for help on side of road

Imagine you are driving down the road with your gas pedal to the floor.  Your car runs great and gets you to where you need to be. All is good.

But then you look around and notice that everyone else is whizzing right by you.

Determined to keep up with those around you, you take your car into the shop and have the mechanic give it a good once-over.

A Holistic Approach to Disease

Holistic Medicine is a system of care that considers the needs of the whole person.  Rather than focusing only on the malfunctioning body parts, it also explores the broader dimensions of the patient’s life; physical, nutritional, environmental, emotional, and spiritual.  This branch of medicine is aimed at treating and curing the client and requires looking at the mind-body connection.  Technology has made extraordinary advances in modern medicine, yet most primary care providers will admit that the most sophisticated medical care can fail if the client, as well as the disea

Acupuncture and Auto Injuries

           Whiplash injury is one of the most common injuries suffered from a motor vehicle accident.  Whiplash is an injury to the soft tissue of the neck, also referred to a neck sprain or neck strain.  It is often caused by a sudden forceful movement of the neck, but with no direct contact to the neck.  It may include injury to the joints, discs, ligaments, cervical muscles, and nerve roots.  Acupuncture is one possible treatment for this type of injury. 


Acupuncture has helped billions of people and has been the primary source of health care in China for more than 2,500 years.  This system of health care is based on the principle that to be healthy, tissues and organs need proper supply of oxygen and nutrients the blood carries.  Over 2,000 specific points have been mapped out where a block in the flow of blood can occur.  These points often are where nerves and blood vessels meet.  An Acupuncturist chooses which points to treat to increase the flow of blood to get results with all types of health problems.  As the

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