In 1997 an NIH consensus panel of scientists, researchers and practitioners reported on clinical studies that have demonstrated acupuncture as being effective for headaches, tennis elbow, myofascial pain, low back pain, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Several processes have been proposed to explain acupuncture's effect on pain. Acupuncture points, called meridians, are thought to stimulate the central nervous system to release chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord and brain.
Dr. Richard Badke was born and raised in Salinas, CA, an area also known as Steinbeck Country in honor of the novelist John Steinbeck. He attended the University of Southern California and earned his undergraduate degree in Chemistry. He performed graduate Chemistry work at UC Berkeley until attending medical school at the University of Pittsburgh.