Have Celebrities Gone Wacko for Acupuncture?
Everywhere you turn; there are stories about celebrities getting acupuncture.
Supermodel, Elle Macpherson, recently said in an interview with UK tabloid, News of the World, "I have acupuncture regularly and I see a Chinese doctor who treats most common ailments with herbs."
asked how she maintained her health and well being, Elle answered, "I
do choose to look after my body from a Chinese medicine perspective,
which promotes and maintains wellness rather than treats illness."
is not the only celebrity that seems to have become "star-struck" with
this traditional form of health care that is touted as being able to
treat everything from anxiety to a torn rotator cuff. Gwyneth Paltrow,
a longtime advocate of the benefits of acupuncture and Oriental
medicine, once said that having acupuncture had guided her to a "new
level" in life, helping her to find love with her husband and giving
her the strength to cope with the death of her father. In an interview
with Oprah Winfrey, Gwyneth Paltrow said, "I have been a big fan of
Chinese medicine for a long time because it works."
other celebrities are up for being a voluntary pin-cushion? Dr.
Maoshing Ni, an acupuncturist in Santa Monica lists Jim Carrey and
Helen Hunt as two of his many famous clients. In a testimonial, Jim
Carrey said "Undergoing [acupuncture] treatments with Dr. Mao at [his
acupuncture clinic] and following his nutritional advice has led to a
marked change in my physical vitality and my general state of
Celebrities have embraced acupuncture so
whole-heartedly that they even schedule regular acupuncture treatments
for their pets. Sarah Michelle Gellar of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
fame, has been spotted in Los Angeles taking her pampered pooch, Tyson,
in for his acupuncture treatment.
Acupuncture is becoming more
and more respected by conventional medicine, so much so that there were
acupuncturists on-site for the athletes at both the Summer and Winter
How it works
there any evidence to back up this rapid growth in the popularity of
acupuncture? Besides the 2000 years of clinical evidence, there are a
multitude of studies to substantiate that acupuncture has a measurable
affect on the body. One study on how acupuncture works to relieve
pain, published in the Journal of NeuroImage,
used brain imaging technology to prove that acupuncture affects the
brain's long-term ability to regulate pain. In the study, researchers
were able to show that acupuncture increased the binding availability
to opioid receptors in the brain in much the same way that opioid
painkillers, such as morphine, codeine and other medications, are
thought to work
The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)
and the World Health Organization (WHO) have declared acupuncture
effective for more than 200 other conditions including, respiratory,
eye and mouth, gastro-intestinal, neurological and muscular disorders.
Because of acupuncture's ability to speed the healing process, bring
down swelling and inflammation, relieve pain, and help to restore
normal range of motion, it is especially effective at treating
"The purpose of acupuncture is to
trigger your body's innate ability to self heal. " Says licensed
acupuncturist, Diane Joswick, L.Ac.
"When someone comes in for
treatment, we take all of their symptoms into account and aim at
balancing the energy within the body to optimize health. Treatments
are tailored for the individual. That is why it is important to talk
with an acupuncturist to see how acupuncture will be able to help your
specific and unique case."
Finding a practitioner
To find an acupuncturist in your area you can ask your doctor for a referral, or you can do a search online at www.Acufinder.com,
a credible site that is associated with the American Association of
Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. Acufinder.com provides a national
database of practitioners that are licensed and qualified to practice