Although practiced continuously around the world for at least 3000 years, acupuncture has only been available openly in the United State for about 35 years. In 1997 the National Institutes of Health convened a Consensus Conference to review the scientific evidence available and make recommendations for the appropriate use of acupuncture (Acupuncture. NIH Consensus Statement. 1997 Nov 3-5; 15(5): 1-34). The Consensus Panel concluded: “promising results have emerged, for example showing efficacy of acupuncture in adult postoperative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting and in postoperative dental pain. There are other situations such as addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, Fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma, in which acupuncture may be useful as an adjunct treatment or an acceptable alternative or be included in a comprehensive management program.”
The World Health Organization reports, “In the United States, 158 million of the adult population use complementary medicines” and, “Acupuncture has been proven effective in relieving postoperative pain, nausea during pregnancy, nausea and vomiting resulting from chemotherapy, and dental pain with extremely low side effects. It can also alleviate anxiety, panic disorders and insomnia.” (Traditional medicine. (2003). Retrieved Jan. 23, 2006, from: WHO Media Center Web site )
Acupuncture may also be an effective treatment for pain and other chronic debilitating conditions for which there are no clear etiologies or that have not responded to conventional allopathic treatments.
In particular, David Wurzel has had a great deal of success treating musculoskeletal and sports injuries, back pain, digestive disorders, addictions and mental health issues, allergies and asthma, as well as stress and anxiety related issues, learning disabilities such as autism and ADD/ADHD, and autoimmune diseases.