Doctors Group News, October 17, 2002 --In addition to pain reduction, children experienced "overall improvement of wellbeing" while being treated with acupuncture. Patients alsao report increased attendance at school & improved sleep patterns, and they were able to take part in more extra-curricular activities with no side effects or complications related to treatments.
Pediatrics, April 2000; 105(4):941-947--70% of children treated with acupuncture felt it helped their symthoms, and two-thirds found the treatment "pleasant". Fifty-nine percent of the parents agreed acupuncture helped their children.
Journal of the American Geriatric Society, 2003; 51: 599-608 --It was found that elderly patients undergoing a combination of PENS (Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) which utilizes Acupuncture needles to deliver current & activate specific nerve points on the body and also physical therapy, experienceed greater cronic back pain relief and were less depressed, felt more in control of their lives, were able to rise out of a chair more quickly & could lift objects for a longer period of time.
The Clinical Journal of Pain, 2001; 17(4): 296-305 --"...acupuncture is a safe and effective procedure for low back pain."
The New York Times, 20 July '97 -- "...the Sound Shore Medical Center (formerly known as New Rochelle Hospital) will provide in-patient and out-patient care by licensed acupuncturists, who are on the faculty of the Mercy College graduate studies program in acupuncture and Oriental medicine...as adjunct medical staff members, Mercy Collegre faculty will treat patients suffering from pain, vomiting and nausea as symptoms of acute or chronic conditions and treatments, including cancer or chemotherapy, post-stroke syndrome, asthma and other chronic pulmonary diseases."
TIME, fall '96 special issue --"Doctors and clinicians know that acupuncture can provide at least short-term relief for a wide range of pains, either by releasing endorphins - naturally produced, morphine-like substances - or by inhibiting the transmission of pain impulses through the nerves. Recent studies also show it to be effective in alleviating bronchial asthma, bronchitis and stroke-induced paralysis. At Johns Hopkins it is used as an adjunct to standard detoxification treatment for drug addiction"...says Dr. Jennifer Jacobs of Edmonds, Washington, a family practioner and member of the NIH Alternative Medicine Advisory Committee: 'There are certainly situations where modern medicine is appropriate and lifesaving, but perhaps the pendulum has swung too far toward technology and standard pharmaceuticals and not enough toward some of the early healing methods that have a track record in many cultures.'
U.S. News & World Report, 13 May '96 --"...Bruce Pomeranz, a neurophysiologist at the University of Toronto who has spent 20 years studying acupuncture, is convinced he has found a rational explanation of the mechanism at work: 'There is overwhelming evidence from animal studies that acupuncture reduces pain by triggering the release of endorphins and other substances by the nervous system' ...acupuncture also stimulates the nervous system to release ACTH (for AdrenoCorticoTropic Hormone) a chemical that aids in fighting inflammation; prostaglandins, which are thought to help wounds heal faster; and medication for fear of side effects"...Austrian researcers have observed dramatic improvement in chronic migraine sufferers who have gone under the needle for regular preventive treatments"..."...patients with painful and inflamed osteoarthritic knees improved after aupuncture...asthmatics, too, may have good reason to seek the treatment...many scientists now think even stroke patients might benefit."
Discover, April '96 --"As Philadelphia physician Marc Micozzi puts it, 'What we call alternative medicine is traditional medicine for 80 percent of the world, and what we call traditional medicine is only a few centuries old." "Many people believe that alternative techniques, which are less invasive and therefore often more time, may entail higher up-front preventive costs but in the long run it will cost less by reducing tests, procedures and hospitalizations. Insurance companies are begining to cover some alternative therapies."
Good Housekeeping, January '97 --"They're exploring alternative medicine not only to fight illness, but also in the hopes of preventing disease before it starts...scientifically controlled studies have found (acupuncture) helpful for asthma, drug and alcohol abuse, pain management, rehabilitation of stroke victims and irritable bowel syndrome...acupuncture is a legitimate pain-control technique."
Health, Jan/Feb '97 -- "If you can't find an alternative-minded MD, start searching for a nonphysician healer to see in addition to your regular doctor."..."According to a 1995 study at the University of Arizona, three-quarters of depressed women given acupuncture treatments said they felt 'significantly' better after eight weeks, while two-thirds said they were fully recovered."
Redbook, September '96 -- "Several studies document the success of acupuncture, acupressure and electrical stimulation in treating nausea...if your pregnant, it's probably wisest to try the less invasive acupressure or electrical stimulation."
Money, October '96 -- "According to 'The New England Journal of Medicine',an estimated one-third of Americans visit an alternative specialist every year, collectively spending at least $13 billion -- mostly out of pocket 'Insurers are begining to cover alternative treatments in order to differentiate themselves from their competitors and appeal to this public demand'..."Blue Cross, Blue Shield and Mutual of Omaha...begin covering acupuncture."
National Underwriter, 29 April '96 -- "...the FDA approved acupuncture needles as 'medical devices'...."Prudential Insurance Company of America, Newark, N.J., has covered alternative therapies like acupuncture since 1988...acupuncture used for the management of chronic pain is included in the standard contract."
Healthcare Forum Journal, Nov/Dec '96 -- "The Mayo Clinic has had an acupuncture service since 1975, and the World Health Organization currently lists 47 illnesses or other medical conditions that may be effectively treated with acupuncture, including migraine, asthma, tendonitis, back pain and arthritis."
Modern Maturity, Sept/Oct '96 -- "Acupuncture has been shown to decrease pain and cravings, as well as increase relaxation."
Occupational Health & Safety, April '96 -- "Acupuncture is also gaining acceptance in the treatment of (workers) comp cases...often used to treat muscular-skeletal injuries, asthma stress-related disorders and substance abuse...in 1988 (California) sanctioned acupuncture treatment for workers comp receipients. Acupuncturists are considered physicians under California's workers' compensation law..."