With acupuncture having roots in Chinese medicine going back over thousands of years, it seems silly to choose such a title for this article. However, in the twenty-first century it appears that the United States is only beginning to consider the many benefits that acupuncture has to offer. All too often, the mainstream view of acupuncture is that of a complementary treatment – one which holds an inferior position to chemical drugs and pharmaceutical treatments. Yet most licensed acupuncturists can attest to the fact that their craft is key to maintaining and improving health. Among the many health challenges facing Western medicine, post-traumatic stress disorder (P.T.S.D.) and chronic pain stick out as sad reminders of our failing medical system. Chronic pain is the number one cause of adult disability in the United States, affecting an estimated 100 million people. This statistic is dwarfed by the recent report of 22 suicides per day among veterans and active duty soldiers. The options are out there waiting to be utilized. We can do better.
PTSD & Sleep
Ever had the urge to stay awake during a major surgery? In the future, some hospitals may offer that option. Using acupuncture before, during, and after surgery has been commonplace and proven outside of the United States for some time. It wasn’t until recently that acupuncturist Ramon Nunez started making headlines when he applied the technique to a patient who, in the name of science, chose to brave a major knee surgery fully awake and not medicated. Although soldiers rarely find themselves in perfectly controlled environments like the video below shows, there appears to be much hope for the future of acute pain management without harmful and addictive medications. Do you think acupuncture could be part of the new paradigm leading us away from pharmaceutical medications?