Acupuncture

by Calvin, Muhannad & Henry

1) Claim
Acupuncture may reduce the vomiting that occurs shortly after chemotherapy is given, even though it had little effect on nausea
Evidence
More than three dozen randomized controlled studies have been published showing that acupuncture point stimulation can treat or prevent nausea and vomiting, and many patients have reduced nausea after receiving acupuncture.

2) Claim
Acupuncture may lessen the need for pain medicine.
Evidence
A study of headache sufferers compared acupuncture with standard medical treatment. Those treated with acupuncture used less pain medicines and missed fewer work days. It may stimulate the release of neurotransmitters such as endorphins and serotonin or otherwise inhibit pain transmission.

3) Claim
Acupuncture helps relieve pain
Evidence
-Experience: many people have used acupuncture to relieve pain
-Biological studies: Acupuncture can block nerves that send pain signals to the brain.
-The brain is given time to heal the body without the patient feeling pain.
-Biological study: Acupuncture causes redness in the area of the insertion of the needles, which causes the body to emit pain-killing hormones into the blood stream.
-Possible placebo effect

4) Claim
Acupuncture can cure infertility
Evidence
-Experience: many people have used acupuncture to cure infertility.
-70% did not require surgery or medicine to cure infertility after the use of acupuncture.
-Biological evidence: Stimulates the release of hormones, which stimulate fertility.
-Possible Placebo effect.


5) Claim
Acupuncture can cure insomnia
Evidence
-Experience: many people have used acupuncture to solve insomnia
-Biological studies: Acupuncture can encourage the production of the hormone melatonin and also achieve an relaxing effect on muscles.

6) Claim
Acupuncture can improve the individual’s mental state
Evidence
Almost all users have experienced a clear slate of mind and a period of increased productivity after use.
May be simply a placebo effect.