To schedule an appointment with Dr. Mark Foley whose practice is part of the Quittie Glen campus, visit his website at www.thewellnesspoint.com/. He can be reached by phone at (717) 222-7751 or email at thewellnesspoint@gmail.com.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Acupuncture is a system of healing that has developed over thousands of years as part of the traditional medicine of China, Japan, and other Eastern countries. The earliest records of acupuncture date back over 3,000 years. Today, there are over 3 million practitioners worldwide. Acupuncture is becoming increasingly more accepted and popular in Western medicine as well. Researchers from the National Institute of Health are studying acupuncture as its use increases dramatically in the United States.

According to the National Institutes of Health Consensus Statement on Acupuncture, there have been many studies on acupuncture's potential usefulness and promising results have emerged, showing efficacy of acupuncture, for example, in adult postoperative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting and in postoperative dental pain. There are also other conditions--such as addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low-back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma--in which acupuncture may be quite useful as an adjunct treatment or an acceptable alternative. It can also be included in a comprehensive management program.

An NCCAM-funded study recently showed that acupuncture provides pain relief, improves function for people with osteoarthritis of the knee, and serves as an effective complement to standard care. Further research is likely to uncover additional areas where acupuncture interventions will be useful.

A 2007 study performed by German researchers shows that acupuncture is nearly twice as effective as traditional treatments (anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, exercise, etc.) in treating low back pain. Nearly half of the patients that received acupuncture treatments had measurable pain relief after 6 months. Only one-quarter of patients receiving traditional treatments could say the same.

From The Wellness Point