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What the World Health Organisation (WHO) thinks about acupuncture effectiveness is important. Why? Because many people trust WHO.
And if you've got a condition which acupuncture might help, then what the WHO says may give you confidence.
By the way! If you've had a good experience with acupuncture and would be willing to share it, there's a form at the bottom of the page.
The World Health Organisation divided what their experts found into four categories:
Read more about the World Health Organisation's position on this further down the page.
WHO acknowledges that acupuncture effectiveness "has been established in controlled clinical studies" and works better than placebo most of the time but what's interesting is they've found that...
"for chronic pain
acupuncture effectiveness is comparable with that of morphine"
As you may know, morphine is one of modern medicine's most powerful pain-killers. The problem with morphine is that it has many side-effects, for example confusion (to put if mildly), with poor appetite, nausea, constipation and so on.
Acupuncture is now receiving the attention of WHO who have an extensive selection of papers on how research should be done.
Of course, people are using and researching acupuncture and its effects all the time, and not all of it gets published.
Many acupuncturists notice how a particular treatment always seems to work, and they tell other acupuncturists who find it works too. However, not all acupuncturists have the time or inclination to write it up and get it published.
Often the work needed to fulfil the conditions required by, for example, the World Health Organisation, takes great time and expense which individual acupuncturists have neither the inclination nor the money for.
So it doesn't get published. But you may find that your acupuncturist has successfully treated a condition not on the WHO lists.
Also, just because a condition on the World Health Organisation's list above is said to be treatable with acupuncture, that doesn't mean it will always respond immediately.
Some patients have conditions that are deeply embedded in their metabolism and take quite a few treatments before they get good results. You may need patience; acupuncture effectiveness can be great but please don't expect one treatment will always solve a problem that you've been seeing your doctor about for years!
The British Acupuncture Council publishes a list online of research.
Lots! For acupuncture effectiveness - Click here for an article in the Scotsman.
Unfortunately, you won't find acupuncture for health and family health among the WHO's claims.
Yet, for thousands of years acupuncture has been used in many countries East and West, to get and stay healthy.
Why should it be used for getting well, rather than for the relief of medical conditions?
I think it's because acupuncture theory also clearly shows how to achieve health.
Of course, Chinese herbal medicine also uses the same theory.
The theory behind acupuncture is also behind many forms of meditation. It has a philosophy of life that is very attractive, and its advice about food and living conditions makes a lot of sense.
It boils down to an understanding of what is called 'Qi'. What Qi is and does, and how well it flows in your body determines your health and, in the absence of war and accidents, how long you'll probably live.
If you understand the theory, then you'll realise what you need to do to become healthy and to live a long life.
So, most of all, people use acupuncture because they find it works!
One more thing! Click on acupuncture side effect to read about something else that may be worrying you!
Do you have an experience you could tell us about? Perhaps an acupuncture treatment that hugely changed your life?
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All the books in the 'Chinese Medicine in English' series should be fully accessible on Kindles and Kindle apps. (Or you can buy the softback print editions, of course.)
('Western Astrology and Chinese Medicine' published 1986, was never available in a Kindle version.)
If, having read one of my books you can write a review - preferably positive - that would help others decide whether to read it.
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And if you think it was terrible?
Well, let me know so I can improve it for the next person. (Ideally let me know before cursing it in public!)
Here are some of the books I (Jonathan) have written.
Subscribers to Kindle Unlimited can borrow the first four for 'free'.
Published 1986 and, amazingly, still selling. Was apparently used back then by at least one acupuncture college to help students understand Chinese medicine!
Three Reviews so far. (Despite the lurid cover, it explains the five main types of phlegm and what works best for each type. I hope it's easy to read and will be much more useful than all the websites on the subject.)
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