More people today find that acupuncture is relatively effective and free of side effects and opt for this therapy for many wide-ranging conditions.
Over 40 years ago The World Health Organization (WHO) also recognise acupuncture as an effective treatment modality and established an international nomenclature of acu-points that laid out detailed analysis of clinical evidence that found efficacy of this modality of treatment. In the United States, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has accepted acupuncture as a valid treatment strategy since 1997 and supported neuro-imaging research into acupuncture mechanisms.
Acupuncture is being taught in many institutions around the world and has become Integrated with standard medical care and is promoted as therapy that is complementary to traditional medicine rather than an alternative.
In our Orewa acupuncture clinic we apply a combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Balanced Acupuncture methods. Presently Balanced Acupuncture method is being used as an analgesic treatment for many musculoskeletal complaints such as herniated discs, rotator cuff injury, neck pain. This method combines TCM and modern medicine in acu-point selection that regulates the cerebral response to pain and inflammation resulting in self repair. Not all traditional acu-points used in (TCM) body acupuncture methods are used in are used in Balanced Acupuncture methods.
The results of Balanced acupuncture can last for long periods of time when combined with TCM acupuncture. A 2012 study on the analgesic effects of acupuncture on low-back and leg pain concluded that, as an adjunct therapy, this method can contribute to pain reduction.