It’s time for another Austin Sports Medicine 101 class! Today we’re focusing on the facts and history of acupuncture.
- Acupuncturists engage subtle human energies known as “Qi,” assessing and adjusting their flow to promote health and healing.
- Beneficial effects of acupuncture include changes in the body’s natural painkillers, anti-inflammatory agents, immune system functions and hormonal activity.
- There are three major systems that acupuncture impacts: neurological (nervous), endocrine (hormonal) and immunological (disease-fighting).
- In 2007 alone, more than 3 million people in America used acupuncture for alleviating pain. It can help relieve pain caused by arthritis, fibromyalgia, headaches, back pain, knee pain, neck pain and other joint pain.
- In addition to addressing pain, acupuncture also can be employed against a wide variety of illnesses and diseases, including reducing nausea and vomiting following surgery or chemotherapy.
- In 1998, a Consensus-Conference Panel of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that acupuncture is an effective noninvasive modality in treating a variety of medical and pain problems, including migraines, osteoarthritis, and infertility.