Who may benefit from acupuncture
though acupuncture is commonly used on its own for some conditions, it is
becoming very popular as a combination treatment by doctors in Western Europe
and North America. The use of acupuncture to alleviate pain and nausea after
surgery is becoming more widespread. Even the US Air Force began teaching "Battlefield
Acupuncture" to physicians deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan in early 2009.
Using acupuncture before and during surgery significantly reduces the level of
pain and the amount of potent painkillers needed by patients after the surgery
is over, a study revealed.
Acupuncture is also starting to make inroads into veterinary medicine. This article explains how a mare which had an infection in her ankle was treated with a combination of acupuncture and traditional therapy.
As more and more physicians accept acupuncture, a wider range of illnesses and condition are being considered for acupuncture treatment. A study found that acupuncture may help indigestion symptoms commonly experienced by pregnant women.
Some studies have revealed that there are conditions for which acupuncture appears to have no beneficial effect. Acupuncture cannot be shown to have any positive effect on hot flashes during the menopause. However, acupuncture does offer effective relief from hot flashes in women who are being treated with the anti-estrogen tamoxifen following surgery for breast cancer, another study found.