A recent article in the Star Advertiser, which claimed that benefits from acupuncture are not long lasting, obscures a crucial difference between conventional medicine and naturopathic medicine. Whereas conventional medicine attempts to resolve isolated symptoms with isolated treatments, naturopathic medicine evaluates the root cause of disease and seeks to heal the whole person for truly long lasting results. Naturopathic medicine addresses nutrition, digestive and intestinal health, yeast (candida) overgrowth, hormonal balance, chronic stress patterns, energy and fatigue issues, as well as chronic viral conditions All of these components work together to determine our state of health, and they must be addressed simultaneously by a doctor who is sensitive to the unique condition of each patient.

Acupuncture is an effective adjunct to naturopathic medicine that supports healthy immunity, relieves chronic pain and improves digestion. In addition, the cited study also found that acupuncture may help relieve symptoms of hay fever. In the conclusion, the researchers noted that results faded after eight weeks of no treatment. However, when acupuncture is accompanied by a complete naturopathic treatment that addresses the root cause of symptoms, the results will be much longer lasting.

It's encouraging that researchers are testing the many uses of acupuncture. However, Chinese physicians have known for centuries that acupuncture is a powerful treatment with no negative side effects for a variety of conditions. When administered in conjunction with the type of complementary, personalized treatment plan that naturopathic doctors provide, it can result in complete and long lasting symptom relief, as well as cure.

Dr. Diana Joy Ostroff, N.D., L.a.c.
Center for Natural Healing
5283 Kimokeo Street
Honolulu, Hawaii United States