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Modern Medical Research Demonstrates Acupuncture Safety and Effectiveness

By Dr. Eugene Lowery, DC, LAc

Oceanside CA– Modern medical research studied by the National Institute of Health demonstrates the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture treatment.

Approximately 3.1 million American adults utilize acupuncture each year. Patients report feeling energized and relaxed after treatment. Acupuncture can be used in addition to traditional medicine, in many cases where patients need additional treatment for pain management.

Acupuncture is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), requiring practitioners to be licensed. Needles have to be manufactured and labeled according to specific standards.

Western medical acupuncture, while based on ancient Chinese acupuncture, uses current knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology, and the principles of evidence-based medicine. It acts primarily by inserting fine needles in predetermined points to stimulate the nervous system. Western medical acupuncture is principally used by conventional healthcare practitioners, most commonly in primary care. It is mainly used to treat musculo-skeletal pain and trigger-point pain. It also is effective for post-operative pain and nausea.

Acupuncture also can be an effective treatment for pain, insomnia, stress, anxiety, traumatic brain injury (TBI), sleeplessness, headaches and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Acupuncture is considered part of a holistic approach, and is conducted with needles that are metallic, solid, and hair thin.

According to FDA regulations, needles must be sterile, labeled for single usage and must be non-toxic. Acupuncture also is available at many Naval Medical Centers, hospitals, clinics and via the Department of Veterans Health Care System. This is an alternative treatment that sailors and marines can utilize along with their traditional medical care.

About Dr. Lowery

Dr. Lowery has assisted hundreds of retired military as well as other patients in need of additional pain control that acupuncture can deliver. He is a decorated Navy combat veteran with 30 years of experience treating his fellow veterans. For more information about what acupuncture can do for you or to schedule a free consultation, contact him at: 760-941-2900, E-mail, drlowery@tricityVAC.com. For more information, go to Dr. Lowery’s web site at: www.TriCityVAC.com.

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