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Acupuncture: a safer alternative to pain managment

by Sara Putman, LAc, LMT - Acupuncturist | Charleston, SC

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  • Published this week in the Archives of Internal Medicine, the report — a review of more than two dozen studies — found that acupuncture provides significant relief for migraine, backache and arthritis patients.
  • "There's no question about it. Something happens when you insert a metallic needle in the surface of the body," said Dr. Jeffery Gudin, director of pain management and palliative care at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in Englewood. "Researchers have found there are changes to the brain that happen in these specific acupuncture points."
  • In recent years, the U.S. military has been using acupuncture to treat soldiers in special pain clinics.
  • ...many hospitals have added integrative medicine units that combine traditional treatments with Eastern practices such as acupuncture. Health insurers, including New Jersey Direct, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and Aetna, are starting to cover these alternative therapies under certain plans...
  • "There's been a tremendous jump in the medical field, where people have started realizing current conventional medicine does not treat the mind and body as one unit. Acupuncture comes in to fill that void,"

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