Acupuncture comes to Pairmore & Young

Modern Research and Acupuncture:

Acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years in Asia, but modern western medicine is just beginning to accept it as a safe and effective alternative for many ailments. Research from major institutions and published studies point to the growing popularity of this ancient form of healthcare. At Pairmore & Young: Synergy Chiropractic we have our own certified and licensed acupuncturist, Lamar Gunter, to work hand in hand with our doctors.

Reported and published areas of positive effects:

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Women’s Reproductive Health
Shoulder Pain
Pain Relief for Cancer Patients
Wrist and Ankle Pain
Seasonal Allergies

A 2008 systematic review of studies on acupuncture for low-back pain found strong evidence that combining acupuncture with usual care helps more than usual care alone. The same review also found strong evidence that there is no difference between the effects of actual and simulated acupuncture in people with low-back pain.

Clinical practice guidelines issued by the American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians in 2007 recommend acupuncture as one of several nondrug approaches physicians should consider when patients with chronic low-back pain do not respond to self-care (practices that people can do by themselves, such as remaining active, applying heat, and taking pain-relieving medications).

Results from a number of studies suggest that acupuncture may help ease types of pain that are often chronic such as low-back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis/knee pain. It also may help reduce the frequency of tension headaches and prevent migraine headaches. Therefore, acupuncture appears to be a reasonable option for people with chronic pain to consider. However, clinical practice guidelines are inconsistent in recommendations about acupuncture.


Lamar Gunter, MS, MAc, LAc

I’ve been a practitioner of Traditional East Asian Medicine (TEAM) since 1995 and a licensed acupuncturist since 1999. The foundation of my practice is Traditional Five Element Acupuncture and Chinese Herbalism rooted in Taoist medicine. Over the years it has branched out to include Korean Hand Acupuncture, Auricular Medicine, Constitutional Facial Acupuncture Renewal, and Islamic Medicine (Hijama cupping and Herbal medicine).