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.

Cranio Sacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a light touch technique that releases deep seated tensions in the body to address pain and dysfunction. Specifically, CST helps to realign the soft tissue associated with the central nervous system, thus improving communication between the body and brain. By complementing the body's natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:

Mayo Clinic: "Acupuncture Relieves Fibromyalgia"

A significant study conducted under the watchful eye of Mayo Clinic researchers has clearly demonstrated that Acupuncture brings relief to fibromyalgia sufferers. These are very positive findings for individuals who wish to avoid a reliance on drugs to treat pain caused by this condition.


According to the American College of Rheumatology, Fibromyalgia is the 2nd most common rheumatoid disorder in the United States. Symptoms of Fibromyalgia include chronic, widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, stiffness of the joints, and disturbed sleep. Patients who suffer from Fibromyalgia often spend numerous years seeking effective treatment through western medicine. Often times patients live in chronic distress as nothing seems to soothe their ailments.

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