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6th Edition of International Conference on

Traditional Medicine, Ethnomedicine and Natural Therapies

June 20-22, 2024 | Paris, France

Traditional Medicine 2023

Hideko Pelzer

Speaker at Traditional Medicine, Ethnomedicine and Natural Therapies 2023 - Hideko Pelzer
Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College, United States
Title : Mechanism of acupuncture on pain relief


Acupuncture has been a mainstream medicine in Asian countries for centuries, especially wellknown as a method of pain relief. Since the 1970s, acupuncture has become popular worldwide. In the US, NIH recognized the efficacy of acupuncture pain relief in 1997. There are researchers to attempt to explain the underlying mechanisms of acupuncture’s effect on pain effects, but they admit that these mechanisms have not yet been thoroughly explained. It may be because pain is triggered not only by physical damage but also influenced by emotion. Pain is a subjective sense and is strongly associated with the whole person. Therefore, treating pain can be difficult because the healthcare practitioner needs to learn the patient’s personality. Some patients may also have a solid attachment to the pain unconsciously. The patients improve faster when anxiety, fear, depression, and sleep are addressed during the treatment. This speech attempts to view the different aspects of the mechanism of acupuncture on pain relief. They are scientific explanations, including local and systemic effects of acupuncture on the tissues and organs, and non-scientific explanations, including a holographic view of the human body, acupuncture channels, and the influence of acupuncture treatment on emotion/mind/spirit and the chakras. Acupuncture treats pain, internal organs, and the spirit. Therefore, acupuncture is one of the best methods to simultaneously treat pain from the patient’s physical and mental/emotional aspects.

Audience Take Away Notes:

  • Scientific and non-scientific explanation of pain relief by acupuncture
  • How acupuncturists view the human body
  • Influence of acupuncture on the invisible areas of the human body


A Second Degree Black Belt in the Japanese martial art of Aikido, Professor Pelzer graduated from Tsukuba University in Japan and later earned her Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from Meiji College of Oriental Medicine (now AIMC Berkeley). Dr. Pelzer was in the first graduating class of Doctorate students at AIMC Berkeley. She is a didactic instructor & clinic supervisor at AIMC Berkeley, and she teaches acupuncture to Medical Doctors at the Academy of Pain Research. An expert in Japanese needling technique, she practices privately in Suisun City and at LifeLong West Berkeley.