What are the benefits of Acupuncture?
Oriental medicine is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and National Institutes of Health (NIH). The 1997 NIH Consensus Conference on Acupuncture stated, "The data in support of acupuncture are as strong as those for many accepted Western medical therapies. One of the advantages of acupuncture is that the incidence of adverse effects is substantially lower than that of many drugs or other medical procedures used for some conditions."
Patients who commit to a healthy lifestyle and receive ongoing acupuncture treatment for maintenance and the promotion of good health often experience:
- *Getting sick less often and recover more quickly
- *Improved vitality and stamina
- *Being better managers of their own health
- *Deepened and more harmonious relationships with others
- *Reductions in long-term health care costs
A recent survey of people who receive acupuncture, conducted by Claire Cassidy, Ph.D., indicates that they see their physicians less frequently and use fewer medications. In addition, over two thirds of those surveyed reported having avoided recommended surgery.