National Institute of Health (NIH) Consensus Statement on Acupuncture. 1997 Nov 3-5;15(5):1-34.

CONCLUSIONS: Acupuncture as a therapeutic intervention is widely practiced in the United States. While there have been many studies of its potential usefulness, many of these studies provide equivocal results because of design, sample size, and other factors. The issue is further complicated by inherent difficulties in the use of appropriate controls, such as placebos and sham acupuncture groups.

However, promising results have emerged, for example, showing the efficacy of acupuncture in adult postoperative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting and in postoperative dental pain. There are other situations such as addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma, in which acupuncture may be useful as an adjunct treatment or an acceptable alternative or be included in a comprehensive management program. Further research is likely to uncover additional areas where acupuncture interventions will be useful.

If you have one of the above conditions, please contact me for assistance.


Recommended Reading

Acupuncture and Opioids.  Acupuncture's Role in Solving the Opioid Epidemic: Evidence, Cost-Effectiveness, and Care Availability for Acupuncture as a Primary, Non-Pharmacologic Method for Pain Relief and Management – White Paper 2017.  Journal of Integrative Medicine, volume 16, issue 6, Nov. 2017, 411-425.


Acupuncture for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials and Prospective Clinical Trials, Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2013,

Acupuncture Energy Medicine

The Science of Acupuncture. A BBC Documentary on Traditional Chinese Medicine

Recommended Viewing

Acupuncture is one of the most ancient healing arts in the world.  It is estimated to have developed over the past 5,000 years.   Based on the philosophical and spiritual principles of the east, it arises from the concepts of yin and yang and the Five Elements of material existence.  From the ether, or QI energy of the universe arises the two polar opposite principles of Yin and Yang.  Yang is the fire, the active, the masculine energy.  Yin is the liquid, the cool, the feminine energy.  All life is a balance of these two forces.  All disease is an imbalance of these two forces.    But, it is more complicated than that, for the Yin and Yang weave through the Five Elements of Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood. Each element contains two of our most significant organs, and control or manifests many aspects of our senses, emotions, and reactions, they rule our senses, the seasons and our deepest internal rhythms.