ACUPUNCTURE – Validity
This article starts off with a commentary by Dr. Velgrade from the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians, who comments that "acupuncture is definitely not voodoo". Dr. Velgrade studied acupuncture for 12 years in Colombo, an island in Sri Lanka where the clinic saw 200 people treated with acupuncture daily. Acupuncture was developed in China about 5,000 years ago, and developed independently in Sri Lanka about 2,000 years ago. The classical acupuncture points are almost identical in both countries. The selection of acupuncture points depends not so much on the exact Western diagnosis, but on the location of the symptoms. Treatment with acupuncture not only involves needle insertion, but also tissue stimulation either manually or with electricity. If there is not stimulation of tissue, there will not be a good therapeutic result. Manual stimulation is most often performed by electroacupuncture. The typical course of treatment consists of 10 treatment sessions. Acupuncture can treat a wide variety of problems from dysmenorrhea, insomnia, anxiety, gastritis, diarrhea, constipation and addiction. Post stroke spasticity can be relieved in many patients as well. Acupuncture should not be used for treating acute bacterial infections, fractures, tumors, or severe debilitation.
"Dissatisfied Patients Embracing Acupuncture, Other Alternative Treatments: ?Acupuncture Definitely Not Voodoo?", Klug, Julie, Family Practice News, June 15, 1992;22(12)1,17.
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