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Published On: Wed, Dec 12th, 2018

The growing effectiveness of acupuncture treatement and the W.H.O. official position report

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Healthy living With Dr. Nanchak Nimzing
Pone No: 08036787758, 09052597025

In 2003 the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a report called “Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials.”
The WHO’s 87-page report specifically listed 28 diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proven through controlled trials to be an effective treatment. Nearly 100 more conditions were reported by controlled trials to have some therapeutic benefits, and we can expect that as more research emerges, we will see further verification of the effectiveness of acupuncture.
The list of the conditions mentioned in that report includes:
Musculo-skeletal Conditions
• Arthritis
• Muscle pain, swelling, stiffness and weakness
• Localized traumatic injuries, sprains, strains, tendinitis, contractures
• Work and sports related injuries
• Low back and/or neck strain
• Fibromyalgia
• Osteoarthritis
• Frozen shoulder
• Tennis elbow
• Sciatica
Neurological Conditions
• Headache and migraine
• Trigeminal neuralgia
• Facial palsy (early stage, within three to
six months)
• Paresis following stroke
• Peripheral neuropathy
• Meniere’s Disease
• Nocturnal enuresis
• Cervicobrachial syndrome
• Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
• Intercostal neuralgia
• Disc problems
Psychological Conditions
• Anxiety
• Depression
• Insomnia
• Hypersomnia
• Somatization disorder
Respiratory System Conditions
• Acute sinusitis
• Acute rhinitis
• Common cold and allergies
• Acute tonsillitis
• Acute bronchitis
• Bronchial asthma
Conditions of the Eye, Ear, Nose & Mouth
• Acute conjunctivitis
• Central retinitis
• Myopia (in children) Cataract (without
• Toothaches, post extraction pain
• Gingivitis
• Acute and chronic pharyngitis
Gastrointestinal Conditions
• Spasms of esophagus and cardiac
• Irritable bowel and colitis
• Gastroptosis
• Acute and chronic gastritis
• Gastric hyperacidity (acid reflux)
• Chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief)
• Acute duodenal ulcer (without
• Acute and chronic colitis
• Constipation
• Diarrhea
• Acute bacillary dysentery
• Paralytic ileus
Gynecological Conditions
• Infertility
• Dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation)
• Menopause syndrome
• Benign irregular menstruation
• Benign amenorrhea (absence of menses)
Cardiovascular Conditions
• Essential hypertension
Other Conditions
•Withdrawal from street and
pharmacological drugs
• Appetite suppression
“Acupuncture could serve as a valuable alternative treatment for many diseases or conditions for which modern conventional treatments are unsuccessful. It is also valuable in situations where the patient is frightened of the potential risks or adverse effects of modern conventional treatments. In fact, in some developed countries, the diseases for which patients seek help from acupuncturists tend to be beyond the scope of orthodox medicine.” ~ Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials, W.H.O publication.
Acupuncture is still fairly new in Nigeria because of scarcity of qualified practitioners but it is very effective and widely used and accepted worldwide. In the U.S.A for example according to the W.H.O, there were approximately 10,000 acupuncture specialists and an estimated 3,000 practicing acupuncturists are physicians as at 1998.
In Nigeria, the 1st attempt at introducing and encouraging this art of healing was made by the W.H.O. in 1997 when it sponsored a Nigeria Medical Doctor while he was working with LUTH to the People’s Rep of China to study acupuncture.
Q3. OSTEOARTHRITIS: is degenerative arthritis. It is a chronic disorder of joint cartilage and surrounding tissues that is characterized by pain, stiffness and loss of function. It is the most common joint disorder and affects people from middle-age to old-age. Before age 40, men develop osteoarthritis more often than do women, because of injury. From age 40-70, women develop the disorder than do men. But after age 70, the disorder is said to develop in both sexes equally.
This is an inflammatory arthritis in which joints, usually including those of the hands or feet, are inflamed, resulting in swelling, pain, and often the destruction of joints. This type affects women 2-3 times more than men. Usually, rheumatoid arthritis first appears between 25 and 50 years of age, but it may occur at any age. Even juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in children.
The exact cause of rheumatoid arthritis is not known. It is considered an autoimmune disease. That is, the components of the immune system attack the soft tissue that lines the joints. Eventually, the cartilage, bones and ligaments of the joints erode, causing deformity, instability and scaring within the joint.
Usually, the inflammation is symmetric i.e affecting joints of both sides (left and right) of the body.
Typically, the small joints in the fingers, toes, hands, feet, wrists, elbows and ankles become inflamed first. Such joint become painful and stiff especially just after awakening.
Affected joints enlarge because of swelling of the soft tissue and can quickly become deformed. Joints may freeze in one position and fail to bend or open fully. Sometimes the fingers tend to dislocate slightly from their normal position toward the little finger.
Since treatment takes a long time, drug therapy may develop certain side effects depending on the drug used. The better alternative in this case is to opt for acupuncture treatment together with dietetic advice i.e. nutrition.
This is inflammation of one or more joints characterized by swelling, warmth, redness of the overlying skin, pains and restriction of motion. So many diseases may cause arthritis including Rheumatoid arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Gout, Tuberculosis and other infections.
Q4. There are three major reasons among many why I focused so much emphasis on diabetes.
Diabetes is a chronic metabolic condition that occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin OR when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. It is characterized by hyperglycemia and causes excessive thirst and the production of large volume of urine.
1. The W.H.O. has predicted an increase in the worldwide prevalence of diabetes of epidemic proportions – and we have certainly noticed that in our communities already.
2. Unless a person is undergoing medical treatment by their doctor, and is therefore diagnosed during the course of other treatment, the majority of Type 2 diabetics remain undiagnosed until something occurs which triggers a diagnosis. This means that there are probably equivalent numbers of diabetics out there in the society who do not know that they are diabetic! But just because they do not know that they are diabetic will not change the outcome of uncontrolled blood sugar levels as it will cause disastrous complications all over the human body.
3. The third and most important reason for my focus on diabetes is to let people living with the disease know that there is now more hope than existed before.

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