One out of five adults in the United States suffers from chronic pain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends acupuncture as one of the alternatives to opioid use.
Yes, acupuncture is gaining recognition for the prevention of migraines.
In this study, 22 trials consisting of 4,985 people were studied, and they saw a reduction in migraines with the use of acupuncture.
Today I want to highlight a wonderful documentary.
Community Acupuncture: The Calmest Revolution Ever Staged does a lovely job telling the story of community acupuncture. It's short and to-the-point, (like community acupuncturists) is well-done, and is free to view.
It's from the community acupuncture cooperative POCA, which I'll talk about in a different post, but of which yours truly is a member, and soon the clinic itself.
I'm highlighting this documentary from our Resources section of the website, where you can find more free information about community acupuncture and acupuncture in general.
Of course, the best way to learn about acupuncture is to receive it!
In the 1970's, the Black Panthers and other activists, including the Young Lords, established a detox facility at Lincoln Hospital in New York to respond to drug addiction issues in their communities. Mutulu Shakur, stepfather to Tupac Shakur, was one of the activists who became an acupuncturist during this time.
Among many other things, these activists helped established an auricular acupuncture protocol based off of work being done in China, and this protocol is still widely used today.
We're grateful for this history and all the work that came before us.
Today, we offer this acupuncture to help with drug addiction here in Skagit:
And two international organizations focus their efforts based on this auricular acupuncture protocol: