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Acupuncture is becoming mainstream medical treatment

posted Sep 7, 2013, 6:06 AM by Tasneem Raja   [ updated Dec 9, 2014, 7:30 AM by Tasneem Raja ]
Doctors use acupuncture for treatment of such varied conditions as reactions and nausea from radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy, seasonal allergies, depression, menstrual cramps, headache, high blood pressure, knee and back pain, morning sickness, rheumatoid arthritis, stroke and tennis elbow.

By Michael Roizen, M.D., and Mehmet Oz
September 7, 2013

Everyone from Kung-Fu Panda to Penélope Cruz is sporting acupuncture needles these days - and, it seems, with good reason. This most ancient and least-understood Chinese therapy has snuck into mainstream medical practice, in very specific areas, now that reliable studies have convincingly demonstrated its benefits.

The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as an effective treatment for a host of conditions, including adverse reactions and nausea related to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy, seasonal allergies, depression, menstrual cramps, headache, high blood pressure, knee and lower-back pain, morning sickness, rheumatoid arthritis, stroke and tennis elbow. And acupuncture is now offered in many North American hospitals (the Cleveland Clinic Center for Integrative Medicine provides more than 10,000 treatments annually) and by the Department of Defense to treat soldiers suffering acute and chronic pain.
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