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Acupuncture Eases Unexplained Symptoms: Local Acupuncture Resources

Dec 01, 2011 01:15PM

Patients that experience medically unexplained symptoms might benefit from acupuncture, according to new research by the Institute of Health Services Research, Peninsula Medical School, at the University of Exeter. The study was the first of Its kin In the United Kingdom and involved 80 adults that had consulted their general practitioner eight or more times in the previous year for problems such as headaches, muscle pain, extreme fatigue or joint and back pain. Half received up to 12 sessions of five-element acupuncture during a period of six months; the remainder received no extra treatment.

The patients receiving acupuncture reported improved well-being and scored higher on an individualized health status questionnaire than the control group. They reported that their acupuncture consultations became increasingly valuable and that the interactive and holistic nature of the sessions gave them a sense that something positive was being done about their condition.

Research results were published in The British Journal of General Practice, and Professor Andrew Gould, who led the study, says it is important to offer patients other options when conventional medicine isn’t working. “It’s soul-destroying for both the patient and doctor when there’s no clear reason for the symptoms patients are suffering from,” he explains. “We don’t know how acupuncture is making a  difference, but it seems to be something to do with the treatment, rather than just a placebo or the one-to-one care the patients are getting.”

Whether you seek the services of a licensed acupuncturist or a doctor of oriental medicine to ease the pain and frequency of headaches, muscle pain, extreme fatigue or joint and back pain, you’ll find experienced practitioners here in Southwest Florida.


Dr. Xiu Qiong Cen, AP, OMD, Acupuncture Center of Naples, 5683 Naples Boulevard, Naples; 239-513-9232.

James W. Goldman, DC, LAc, Goldman Chiropractic and Acupuncture, 1001 Crosspointe Drive, Suite 1, Naples; 239-254-0003.

David Martin, DOM, AP, Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Road, Suite 2, Fort Myers; 239-277-1399.

Dr. Hu Pan, OMD, AP, Liu’s Acupuncture Center, 8971 Daniels Center Drive, Suite 304, Fort Myers; 239-939-1222. 803 Myrtle Terrace, Naples; 239-403-9077.

John E. Patton, AP, LMHC, Healing Arts Center, 971 Michigan Avenue, Naples; 239-262-6828.

Nicholas A. Shirghio, AP, DOM, 3811 Airport Road North, Suite 206, Naples; 239-777-7063.

Phyllis C. Weber, LAc, AP, 971 Michigan Avenue, Naples; 239-841-6611. 6300 Corporate Court, Suite 104, Fort Myers; 239-936-4199.

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