EFFECTIVENESS OF ACUPUNCTURE AND MOXIBUSTION TREATMENT. Written By: Dr. Shariq H. KhanBUMS(DU) MD-medicine (Clmb.) TRCS(Pak.) DAc(Cylon) MRSH(Lond.) DTCM(China)
Associate Professor of Medicine (In.)
Govt. Unani – Ayurvedic Medical College and Hospital, Mirpur-13.
Constituent and affiliated institute of the University of Dhaka.
Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine Consultant.
THE KHAN’S ACUPUNCTURE & HERBAL THERAPY CLINIC.
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Throughout its long history, acupuncture has established a solid reputation as an excellent alternative for health care and is very effective to treat some diseases, where other treatments could not achieve good result or failed. The WHO recognizes Acupuncture as a viable means of treatment for a wide range of conditions. That is why, I would like to present here some information about the effects of this treatment in some of the conditions. Many of the facts and figures quoted in the following sections are the clinical trials carried out in China and others countries and results from my experiences.
Sprains: Injury or sprains usually respond well to Acupuncture. The experience of many Acupuncture doctors shows that, about 70 percent people obtain significant result.
Arthritis: Arthritis and the rheumatic pains are quite a common problem. Researches have been completed on knee, hip, elbow, neck and lower back pain, and these trials shows that significant response can be achieved in about 70 per cent. It also has a magical quality that drugs do not have.
Headaches: Acupuncture has been used to treat a wide variety of headaches and the results obtained have been very encouraging. The research work suggests that between 65-95 per cent of all headache sufferers obtain significant and long lasting pain relief. Acupuncture therapy for headaches may cause the headaches to vanish completely.
Strokes: research trials completed by the Chinese doctor’s state that some effect can be gained from acupuncture in about 80 per cent of strokes. therefore acupuncture therapy is always worth considering. The Chinese doctors also treat their patients for long periods and a stroke patient may receive one hundred or two hundred acupuncture treatment sessions before being declared a success or a failure.
The Neuralgias (Nerve Pain): The Chinese acupuncturist claim to be able to gain improvement with acupuncture, in about 70 per cent of cases of trigeminal neuralgia. In post-herpetic neuralgia, about 40 per cent gain some degree of long term benefit from Acupuncture There are a vast number of aches and pains that are often described as neuralgic and cause severe discomfort. It is always worthwhile to attempt to alleviate these pains by using acupuncture.
Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia and Other Mental disorders: Acupuncture is clearly effective in helping such as insomnia bed-wetting, anxiety, behavioral problems, depression etc. The Chinese doctors have completed trials on some of the more serious mental diseases, schizophrenia. They claim a 54 per cent cure rate for this disease. However, from a variety of excellent research papers it is clear that acupuncture can influence quite radically many areas of the central nervous system.
Nerve Paralysis: Paralysis can also be treated by Acupuncture and the results from some of the research works are very encouraging. Researchers claim that some 50-60 per cent of patients are likely to gain significant return of function in nerve paralysis and 75 per cent recovery rate in Facial paralysis. Sometimes very old cases also respond with tremendous results, as I noticed.
Parkinson's disease, Epilepsy, nerve deafness etc: Acupuncture is also very effective in Parkinson's disease, Epilepsy, Nerve deafness and this kind of other problems. According to some studies the muscle stiffness, soreness, imbalance etc. of Parkinson's may be alleviated. Acupuncture can sometimes give excellent results in above cases.
Autism /ASD, Cerebral Palsy etc: Acupuncture with herbal therapy have been found highly effective for treating children with brain dysfunction, resulting in improvement in the patient’s overall functional abilities. Excellent results are being achieved in many countries through simultaneous application of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine in above cases. There are several research papers stated the efficacy of these treatments. I treated several patients, some of them improved tremendously just after few days of treatment.
IBS: An increasing number of studies have been conducted on treating IBS, with promising results. These studies have documented that Acupuncture can effectively treat IBS. In some of cases, from the first session of treatment patients started to realize that Acupuncture works.
Asthma and Bronchitis: A research on asthma showed that some 70 per cent of asthmatics gained a very good effect. This treatment is able to decrease the frequency and intensity of attacks over a period of a year or more. I noticed that some patients fell and live better without attack for several years. It seems that they never had asthma. Research showed that about 50+ per cent of bronchitis benefit from acupuncture. It is also very effective in Tonsillitis, Sinusitis, Pharyngitis, Laryngitis, Discharge from ear etc.
Angina: Several experiments carried out in the west, give clear support to the idea that acupuncture does have an effect on the circulatory system. This is further supported by clinical work, which shows that some 80 per cent of patients with angina have improved after acupuncture.
The Use of Acupuncture in Addiction and Obesity: There is some excellent physiological and clinical evidence to support the use of acupuncture to treat obesity, smoking and hard drug addiction.