What’s New In Acupuncture?

Acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years, so asking “what’s new?” in acupuncture seems a little awkward. Something with such a long history seemingly would not have many secrets that have yet to be discovered. But with the application of modern imaging techniques like MRIs and the explosion of research in the field of neuroscience, acupuncture is experiencing a re-birth.

Scientific Acupuncture

I used to treat my acupuncture patients a certain way because that is the way it was done for thousands of years. Now however, I can use my patient’s MRI scans and modern knowledge of how acupuncture affects the nervous system to create a treatment plan that is more likely to work for each individual patient I treat. It all comes down to traditional acupuncture, which is based on folklore versus modern acupuncture, based on the latest neuroscience research and technology. It used to be when a patient asked why I chose specific acupuncture points I could only answer “because that was how it was taught for generations.” Now when I’m asked I can answer, “based on MRI and other sophisticated technology I know when I treat these acupuncture points I can specifically treat that part of your nervous system that is not functioning properly.” As you can probably imagine, results my patients obtain with scientific acupuncture are typically much better than with traditional approaches. This new approach to acupuncture has produced great results especially for our patients suffering from neuralgias and head pain including cluster and migraine headaches.