Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Migraines, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia--these are only some among a long list of chronic illnesses that affect millions of Americans today. The unfortunate thing these chronic conditions have in common is the lack of treatments that are both effective and safe. In most cases, patients who suffer from one of these chronic illnesses can only get symptom management at best, and even that may come with many side effects from various pharmaceuticals.
More and more, people have discovered alternative types of treatments to better manage their chronic conditions. Among them, Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine (TCM) is one of the most frequently used holistic and alternative medicines. The reason for its efficacy may be because TCM uses individualized treatment plans that takes into consideration the body as a whole, targeting the root condition as well as the symptom manifestations.
A study from the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine measured over a 6 month treatment period the quality of life and overall improvement in symptoms for people using acupuncture for chronic conditions found a significant positive improvement in all aspects for the majority of the study sample. a 2010 study from Neuroscience magazine published findings that positively confirmed Acupuncture's effect in effectively regulating various immune and metabolic functions such as blood pressure regulation, digestive regulation, and the lowering of the autoimmune inflammatory response.
With many chronic conditions, TCM can provide almost complete relief, and offer more of a permanent resolution. But even with types of conditions for which TCM can only provide symptomatic relief, the beauty of holistic medicine is that all modalities used are natural, and there are few to no side effects involved with treatments, providing safe long-term care.