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Unsure if Acupuncture is Still Relevant?

Are you unsure if acupuncture is still relevant given recent advancements in healthcare? East West College of Natural Medicine has focused on Eastern medicine for the past twenty-five years because we see the benefits in natural healing. However, we are pleased that more and more medical institutions are incorporating Eastern procedures such as acupuncture into their practices. The following excerpt from the University of California, San Diego's website highlights the importance of acupuncture in modern medicine: 

Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic sites-commonly referred to as acupuncture points, or acupoints. The most common method used to stimulate acupoints is the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin. Pressure, heat, or electrical stimulation may further enhance the effects. Other acupoint stimulation techniques include: manual massage, moxibustion or heat therapy, cupping, and the application of topical herbal medicines and liniments. 
Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on an ancient philosophy that describes the universe, and the body, in terms of two opposing forces: yin and yang. When these forces are in balance, the body is healthy. Energy, called "qi" (pronounced "chee") flows along specific pathways, called meridians, throughout the body. This constant flow of energy keeps the yin and yang forces balanced. However, if the flow of energy gets blocked, like water getting stuck behind a dam, the disruption can lead to pain, lack of function, or illness. Acupuncture therapy can release blocked qi in the body and stimulate function, evoking the body’s natural healing response through various physiological systems. Modern research has demonstrated acupuncture’s effects on the nervous system, endocrine and immune systems, cardiovascular system, and digestive system. By stimulating the body’s various systems, acupuncture can help to resolve pain, and improve sleep, digestive function, and sense of well-being. (“How acupuncture can relieve pain,” n.d.) 

If you are interested in adding acupuncture to your services, or attending East West College of Natural Medicine, please call 800-883-5528, or visit We will determine how many of your credits transfer from previous institutions.  


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