natural awakenings magazine articles of 2018

"The Value of Acupuncture for Pain" February/2018

Acupuncture is one of the oldest healing traditions in the world. In fact, archaeologists found bronze acupuncture needles, thus suggesting that acupuncture was practiced during the Bronze Age (2-3,000 BCE). Today, this ancient healing art is taking its legitimate place as a valuable therapeutic technique in modern medicine. In the United States alone, over three million individuals receive acupuncture each year. Such acceptance has come a long way since New York Times journalist James Reston reported receiving acupuncture as anesthesia for pain relief after an appendectomy during an inaugural China trip with President Nixon in 1972. This was followed by the World Health Organization releasing a list of 43 diseases that might benefit from acupuncture as a result of a symposium they conducted on acupuncture in Beijing, China during June of 1979. More recent research conducted by the NIH has led to their statement that “acupuncture appears to be a reasonable option for people with chronic pain to consider.”


"Acupuncture for a Peaceful Mind and a Restful Night" January/2018

According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) 35% of Americans report that their sleep quality is “poor” or “only fair.” Moreover, roughly 60 million Americans are affected by a variety of sleep disorders each year. Research has indicated that acupuncture can increase the content of y-amino butyric acid within the body, which enhances sleep quality. Another study found that acupuncture increased nighttime melatonin production as well as sleep time. Furthermore, there is strong clinical evidence that acupuncture is an effective treatment option for a sleep issue such as insomnia, especially when accompanied by relentless ruminating thoughts.