The Top Ten Conditions To Treat With Medical Acupuncture, How It Works And Evidence To Back It Up
Available for RACE approved CE credit if watched from 11:30AM – 12:20PM PST on Friday, October 8, 2021.
Modern medicine’s ability to determine how acupuncture works far outstrips anything the ancient Chinese could have conceived. Through physiologic research and astute observation, myriad somatosomatic, somatovisceral, and somatoautonomic reflexes have come to light since the 1970’s when acupuncture research in the West began in earnest. These reflexes manifest from activation of peripheral nerves in the vicinity of acupuncture points; nerves may transmit sensory, motor, or autonomic signals. Neuromodulation, i.e., the normalization of nerve function and promotion of homeostasis and analgesia, explains many of the effects that result from acupuncture. The remainder rely on connections between the nervous system, muscles, and enveloping fascial systems. The number of studies attesting to the value of acupuncture has grown to the point that many systematic reviews have become available. Systematic reviews constitute some of the highest levels of evidence in medicine. The variety of conditions and patient populations studied in the list below speaks to the robust and diverse effects that result from neuromodulation stimulated by acupuncture.