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Does acupuncture really work?

Chris Kessler, LAc describes acupuncture as relieving pain, reducing inflammation and restoring homeostasis by:

  • Promoting blood flow;
  • Stimulating the body’s built-in healing mechanisms;
  • Releasing natural painkillers;
  • Relaxing shortened muscles; and,
  • Reducing stress.

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Acupuncture has been employed as a health care modality for over 3,000 years, and is receiving wide acceptance as a respected, valid and effective form of health care. Both the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the WHO recognize acupuncture as a valid treatment for a wide range of conditions. Even the US Airforce is using acupuncture. 

According to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, 51% of medical doctors understand the effectiveness of acupuncture, and medical doctors refer patients to acupuncturists more than any other alternative care provider.

In their 1997 Consensus on Acupuncture, the NIH concluded “There is sufficient evidence of acupuncture’s value to expand its use into conventional medicine.”

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