Acupuncture is often effective with a wide range of complaints, including chronic fatigue, depression, back pain, joint pain, infertility, asthma, addictions, and stress. Acupuncture is also helpful for many chronic illnesses and health concerns that have no clear origin or cause. Patients committed to a healthy lifestyle who receive ongoing acupuncture treatment for maintenance and health promotion often experience:
* Being sick less often and recovering more quickly  
* Improvement of vitality and stamina  
* Being able to take care of their own health  
* Relationships with others deepening and becoming more harmonious  
* Reductions in long term health care costs  

A recent survey of people who receive acupuncture, conducted by Claire Cassidy, Ph.D., indicates that they see their physicians less frequently and use fewer  medications. In addition, over two thirds of those surveyed reported having avoided recommended surgery.

Note: In Baltimore, the University of Maryland’s Center for Integrative Medicine is starting up two new centers to study acupuncture, herbal remedies and other aspects of Chinese medicine. A $6 million federal grant awarded to the university will set up a Center of Excellence for Arthritis and Traditional Chinese Medicine Research, while a $4 million grant will establish an International Center for Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine.


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