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November 29, 2005

Time Magazine's the Year in Medicine: Acupuncture

This week's Time was their A to Z directory of the Year in Medicine. Acupuncture was honored with a blurb and a picture: here.

"ACUPUNCTURE - There is growing scientific evidence that acupuncture, a pillar of Chinese medicine, can relieve many kinds of pain, but there's no clear agreement about how it works. That was underscored by a German study of migraines: it found that inserting needles at various acupuncture points in the body relieved pain just as effectively as inserting them in the points that are supposed to affect migraines. Both therapies cut the number of episodes more than 50% over a 12-week period; a control group that did not receive either treatment continued to suffer as before."

Posted by Admin at November 29, 2005 10:55 PM


I think the entire problem is that there are too many people trying to 'prove'TCM from a Western perspective which, in my opinion WILL NOT WORK. A basic premise of TCM is the balance of Yin & Yang. Within that framework, qi flows through the body along meridians and into the organs and it can be either Yin/deficient or Yang/excess. It is no wonder that needling a point- WHICH MAY NOT BE AN EMPIRACLE POINT FOR HEADACHE- can aleviate that pain. ANY stimulation of tsubos or acu-points or meridians is going to affect the flow of qi in the body- even western massage. BUT what one needs to understand is thatwhat sets fumbling apart from clinical practice is knowledge, skill and intention. Many of those who are trying to 'disprove' TCM theory and practice are simply unable to wrap their mind around it's complex simplicity. TCM is not for everyone, and I'm not concerned that it is not. People come to healing in their own time and their own way.TCM works, I've seen this with my own eyes. As far as I'm concerned, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

Posted by: Chris at December 1, 2005 02:01 AM

I agree they dont say much when they could have take the opportunity to dedicate part of the magazine to alternative medicine in general. Its weird they miss the boat on such a big story becuase I really belive it is beginning to take over health care. Its all about education and in north america we get very little. ITs funny thinking about how people have to always interpret medicine from a western point of view, its like the " Intelligent Design" of medicine. People need to learn about energy and how it works, change their mind from the paradigm that everything needs to be tangable, because it isent. With this knowladge you can learn how to effect the intangeble and have it benefit you life.

Posted by: martialmedicine at December 11, 2005 11:50 PM

I agree it doesn't say much about TCM and how it works. Of course does inserting needles in a variation of acupunture points relieve pain because of the reaction in the different meridians which may give qi and blood a better flow which results in less pain. Its almost like taking a dispril (which enhances the blood flow if headache).But inserting needles in variations of points doesn't necesserly mean it has any benefits furter on, if they aren't set in a special combination to make balance between yin yang = good health. It's like symtom treatment, you get better at the time, but after a while youre all the same, because one haven't found what causes the pain = unbalance.
(Well hope you understand my english anyway, Not easy to explain my point of wiew in english when its not my "mothertongue".)

Posted by: Benedicta at February 22, 2006 05:59 AM