In a 2007 survey, 3.1 million adults reported using acupuncture in the previous 12 months, up from 2.1 million in a 2002 survey, according to the Government’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a unit of the National Institutes of Health.According to a recent article in the New York Times " a growing number of people are turning to acupuncture for help with conditions including infertility, chronic pain, depression and menopause symptoms. And they are turning to it even though financially it remains a largely out-of-pocket form of health care". I have started to think more highly of acupuncture. At least I don't view it with the utter disdain I previously did.
CAN ACUPUNCTURE HELP YOU GET PREGNANT: FERTILITY TREATMENT AND ACUPUNCTURE ....New York Times Article Talks About AcupunctureAccording to the story in the NY Times a woman who had been unsuccessful in getting pregnant and had seen a gynecologist to no avail "decided to try an alternative. She went to see an acupuncturist who said, “I can help; give me 12 weeks.” Because her insurer, like most, did not cover acupuncture, she had to pay for the $70 weekly treatments she hoped would put her cycle on a more normal schedule. After the first few treatments, that seemed to be working. Two months later, the woman was pregnant. There is no way of knowing for sure whether it was the acupuncture or the gynecologist’s keep-on-trying advice that helped her conceive".
In the previous note about acupuncture and migraine headaches, I wrote in Purple Medical Blog that" according to the medical review called Cochrane Review, available studies suggest that acupuncture is at least as effective as, or possibly more effective than, prophylactic drug treatment( for migraine headaches), and has fewer adverse effects. Acupuncture should be considered a treatment option for patients willing to undergo this treatment.
Unless you are in the medical profession it's not likely you have heard of Cohrane Reviews. What are they? "Cochrane Reviews investigate the effects of interventions for prevention, treatment and rehabilitation in a healthcare setting... Cochrane Reviews in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR) answer clinical questions about the effectiveness of treatments. 'Each review addresses a clearly formulated question; for example: Can antibiotics help in alleviating the symptoms of a sore throat? The research is reviewed using stringent guidelines to establish whether or not there is conclusive evidence about a specific treatment...". yada yada yada
According to CD001218..."In the previous version of this review, evidence in support of acupuncture for migraine prophylaxis was considered promising but insufficient. Now, with 12 additional trials, there is consistent evidence that acupuncture provides additional benefit to treatment of acute migraine attacks only or to routine care. There is no evidence for an effect of 'true' acupuncture over sham interventions, though this is difficult to interpret, as exact point location could be of limited importance. Available studies suggest that acupuncture is at least as effective as, or possibly more effective than, prophylactic drug treatment, and has fewer adverse effects. Acupuncture should be considered a treatment option for patients willing to undergo this treatment.