Treatable Conditions


Acupuncture dates back to about 5000 years. It has withstood the test of time because it works. But not all modes of acupuncture are the same. Advances in science and technology have led to improved delivery systems and better patient outcomes. Over the past 45 years, acupuncture has emerged out of the dark ages and developed into a modern science of healing.

Dr. Lupo T. Carlota, Founder and President of MARIA (theMedical Acupuncture Research Institute of America, Inc.), is credited with perfecting MRA (Meridian Regulatory Acupuncture,) a modern scientifically-based system of acupuncture, otherwise known as MRA Therapy, or simply MRA.

MRA Therapy is considered the most advanced system of acupuncture in the world. It is used by doctors across the United States and overseas. Since 1973, MRA Therapy has worked to relieve severe chronic pain disorders, major diseases, and other difficult-to-treat conditions that are largely unresponsive to conventional medicine.

In Memphis, Tennessee, the Acupuncture Medical Center – a Certified MRA Clinic, serves as MARIA’s patient treatment center. The center serves patients throughout the Mid-South, from across America, and abroad.

Acupuncture as a therapeutic intervention is widely practiced in the United States. There have been many studies of its potential usefulness. However, many of these studies provide equivocal results because of design, sample size, and other factors. The issue is further complicated by inherent difficulties in the use of appropriate controls, such as placebo and sham acupuncture groups.

Over the years, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has funded a variety of research projects on acupuncture, including studies on the mechanisms by which acupuncture may produce its effects, as well as clinical trials and other studies. There is also a considerable body of international literature on the risks and benefits of acupuncture, and the World Health Organization lists a variety of medical conditions that may benefit from the use of acupuncture.

To address important issues regarding acupuncture, the NIH Office of Alternative Medicine and the NIH Office of Medical Applications of Research organized a 2-1/2-day conference to evaluate the scientific and medical data on the uses, risks, and benefits of acupuncture procedures for a variety of conditions. Cosponsors of the conference were the National Cancer Institute, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, the National Institute of Dental Research, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the Office of Research on Women’s Health of the NIH.

The conference brought together national and international experts in the fields of acupuncture, pain, psychology, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, drug abuse, family practice, internal medicine, health policy, epidemiology, statistics, physiology, and biophysics, as well as representatives from the public.

After 1-1/2 days of available presentations and audience discussion, an independent, non-Federal consensus panel weighed the scientific evidence and wrote a draft statement that was presented to the audience on the third day.

The NIH consensus panel stated that promising results emerged, for example, efficacy of acupuncture in:

  • adult post-operative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting
  • postoperative dental pain.

There are other situations for which acupuncture may be useful as an adjunct treatment or an acceptable alternative or be included in a comprehensive management program. These situations are:

  • addiction
  • stroke rehabilitation
  • headache
  • menstrual cramps
  • tennis elbow
  • fibromyalgia
  • myofascial pain
  • osteoarthritis
  • low back pain
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • asthma

For a full transcript of the NIH Consensus Statement on Acupuncture, visit