Doctor, What's This Acupuncture all About?
Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points.
Frequently Asked Questions
In November of 1997 the National Institutes of Health convened a conference on acupuncture to determine what answers to questions of diagnosis and treatment we do have from a rigorous scientific standpoint.
NCCAM Acupuncture Information and Resource Package
Provides general information about acupuncture, summaries of National Institute of Health research findings on acupuncture, information for the health consumer, a list of additional information resources and a glossary that defines terms.
"An Overview of Medical Acupuncture" - JM Helms, M.D.
Medical acupuncture is acupuncture that has been successfully incorporated into medical or allied health practices in Western countries. It is derived from Asian and European sources, and is practiced in both pure and hybrid forms.
"Acupuncture and Cancer Treatment"
Can acupuncture help cancer patients? Is there a place for acupuncture in treating cancer?
Acupuncture and Seasonal Allergies
Acupuncture is an excellent treatment option for seasonal allergies.
Find references and read abstracts on current acupuncture related research being done around the world.
Alternative Medicine - Does it work and how?
Read an interview with Bruce Pomeranz, PhD who first published that analgesia in acupuncture is mediated by endorphins and that acupuncture accelerates wound healing. (Interviewed in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Nov. 1996, Vol.2, No.6, p.85-91)
Incorporating Medical Acupuncture into a Standard Medical Practice
Read this article by J. K. Rotchford, M.D. MPH if you are a doctor interested in integrating Medical Acupuncture in your current practice.
Acupuncture in Stroke Treatment
Acupuncture therapy for stroke-caused conditions such as paralysis, speech and swallowing problems, and depression is commonly used in the Orient. By Russ Erickson, M.D.
Needles and Nerves
1998 article in Discover Magazine reporting on experience of scientific skeptics regarding acupuncture DISCOVER Vol. 19 No. 9 (September 1998)
Advantages of Collaborative Acupuncture or Acupressure Regarding the Side Effects of the Following Types of Medications / Therapies by John M. Ackerman, M.D., Diplomate in Psychiatry, December 2005.
News about acupuncture, acupuncture research and other interesting stories.