For a number of hard-to-treat conditions, medical acupuncture and Chinese medicine is more effective and safer than conventional Western medicine. This is the conclusion of the largest and most rigorous international studies on chronic lower back pain, arthritis of the knee, migraine, and others (GERAC trials, see also literature).
Where to use medical acupuncture
- Locomotive disorders: low back pain, sciatica, cervical sprain, joint problems, sports medicine.
- Neurological problems: migraine, tension type headache, peripheral nerve problems, vertigo, dizziness.
- Internal diseases: allergies, asthma, recurrent infections, gastrointestinal problems
Click here to see movie-clips that illustrate the way acupuncture works for headache, low back pain, shoulder problems and further information about the GERAC trials.
Further reading... Background and different types of acupuncture
Acupuncture points – 359 in all – are located on energy pathways known as meridians, along which life energy or QI circulates throughout the body. Disease is defined as any disturbance or blockage of „QI“. The goal of treatment is to restore the harmonic flow of energy.by needling a certain combination of points. From the scientific point of view acupuncture is a precise method to stimulate different kinds of cells to foster tissue regeneration. Like surgery the success of the treatment is very much dependent on who is aplying the treatment and how experienced he or she is.
Moxibustion is a method where the needle and the surrounding skin are warmed by the burning of certain medicinal herbs. The needle carries the heat deep into the tissues - encouraging the release of cellular hormones, stimulating the circulation of blood and promoting the healing of chronic conditions.
This form of acupuncture is particularly useful for the treatment of nerveroot inflammations caused by disc problems. To our observation Neuroacupuncture triggers nerve growthfactors, cellular hormones, which can speed up the healing process and can often help patients avoid back surgery.
With low-level laser therapy, acupuncture points or areas of skin can be stimulated without needling. The laser stimulates a number of cell functions that play an important role in regeneration and immunity. Laser acupuncture is indicated for skin disorders, cosmetic treatment (anti-aging medicine) and conditions of the ears, nose and throat.
Medical acupuncture is supplemented at times by. The treatment based on an extensive Chinese diagnosis.
How acupuncture works
Acupuncture works not only to provide pain relief – this could be achieved by drugs or injections as well. Acupuncture leads to lasting improvements over a period of months or years and acupuncture may lead to complete healing of the conditions underlying chronic disorders in many cases. Based on our clinical studies and the latest findings in the underlying scientific disciplines, we have come to understand that the long-term effects of acupuncture are produced through stimulation of the cellular proteins (peptides) naturally present in the body. These cell hormones cause healthy cells to regenerate in the affected area, replacing the cells that have been altered by disease or inflammation. We blieve this ist he essential underlying mechanism of acupuncutre and that ist he link of the ancient Chinese therapy to modern molecular biological medical approaches.
Both, Albrecht Molsberger and Gabriele Böwing have been teaching acupuncture, and Chinese Medicine since 1990 to more than 3.000 physicians from all over Europe and the US. They hold scientific affiliations to the Universities of Bochum, and Mainz, Germany, and to the Universities of Nanjing und Shanghai, China.
Selected scientific literature on the topic
- Molsberger AF, Boewing G, Diener HC, Endres HG, Kraehmer N, Kronfeld K, Zenz M: Designing an acupuncture study: the nationwide, randomized, controlled, german acupuncture trials on migraine and tension-type headache. J Altern Complement Med 2006;12:237-245.
- Diener HC, Kronfeld K, Boewing G, Lungenhausen M, Maier C, Molsberger A, Tegenthoff M, Trampisch HJ, Zenz M, Meinert R. Efficacy of acupuncture for the prophylaxis of migraine: a multicentre randomised controlled clinical trial. Lancet Neurol 2006; 5: 310-6
- Langevin HM, Bouffard NA, Badger GJ, Churchill DL, Howe AK. Subcutaneous tissue fibroblast cytoskeletal remodeling induced by acupuncture: Evidence for a mechanotransduction-based mechanism. J Cell Physiol 2006; 207: 767-74
- Molsberger A, Diener HC, Kramer J, Michaelis J, Schafer H, Trampisch HJ, Victor N, Zenz M. [German acupuncture studies]. Z Arztl Fortbild Qualitatssich 2004; 98: 468-71
- Molsberger AF, Mau J, Pawelec DB, Winkler J. Does acupuncture improve the orthopedic management of chronic low back pain--a randomized, blinded, controlled trial with 3 months follow up. Pain 2002; 99: 579-87
- Molsberger A, Mau J, Gotthardt H. German research of acupuncture for shoulder pain (GRASP) - does acupuncture contribute to the treatment of chronic shoulder pain (cSP). Tenth anniversery symposium of the society for acupuncture research. Harvard, Cambridge, MA, 2003
- Scharf HP, Mansmann U, Streitberger K, Witte S, Kramer J, Maier C, H.J. T, Victor N. Addition of Acupuncture or Sham Acupuncture to Conservative Therapy with Physiotherapy and As-Needed Anti-inflammatory Drugs for Knee Osteoarthritis: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Ann Intern Med. 2006 Jul 4;145(1):12-20.
- Haake M, Müller HH, Schade-Brittinger C, Basler HD, Schäfer H, Maier C, Endres HG, Trampisch HJ, Molsberger A. German Acupuncture Trials (GERAC) for chronic low back pain: randomized, multicenter, blinded, parallel-group trial with 3 groups. Arch Intern Med. 2007 Sep 24;167(17): 1892-8.
- Endres HG, Böwing G, Diener HC, Lange S, Maier C, Molsberger A, Zenz M, Vickers AJ, Tegenthoff M. Acupuncture for tension-type headache: a multicentre, sham-controlled, patient-and observer-blinded, randomised trial. J Headache Pain. 2007 Oct 23.