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Acupuncture Basics

An important branch of Oriental Medicine, acupuncture has a very long history in Asia. Because it is safe and effective, acupuncture therapy is widely used today in several Asian countries s as part of conventional medical care. In the U.S. today, acupuncture is recognized as an effective complementary modality for all kinds of conditions, most notably, for pain and stress management.
Oriental Medicine is based on the Yin-Yang theory, emphasizing the importance of balance and harmony of life. In the human body, the life force (known as Qi) regulates the health and vitality of the person. When the Qi is flowing freely, there is good health. When the Qi is obstructed (physically or psychologically), there is pain, discomfort, and illness.
Acupuncture therapy is used to redirect the Qi flow so that the body can regain its optimum health and wellness. During therapy, the practitioner chooses the best course of treatment for each patient’s condition. She then places extremely thin, sterile acupuncture needles at specific points along the Qi pathways (called meridians). As a result, the Qi is stimulated, and the healing begins.
It is believed that acupuncture stimulates the central nervous system to release natural hormones and painkillers. It can also help boost the immune system.

Acupuncture simulates anatomical points of the skin along meridians of the body to restore proper balance for natural healing and wellness.

Acknowledging its effectiveness, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized several conditions that can be improved through acupuncture therapy. These include (but not limited to):

headache

dental pain

tempromandibular (TMJ) dysfunction

rheumatoid arthritis

induction of labor

correction of malposition of fetus (breech presentation)

morning sickness

nausea and vomiting

low back pain

neck pain

sciatica

tennis elbow

knee pain

periarthritis of the shoulder

sprains

facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)

postoperative pain

stroke

essential hypertension

primary hypotension

renal colic

leucopenia

adverse reactions to radiation or chemotherapy

allergic rhinitis, including hay fever

biliary colic

depression

depressive neurosis and depression following stroke

acute bacillary dysentery

primary dysmenorrhea

acute epigastralgia

peptic ulcer

acute and chronic gastritis

In regard to acupumcture for pain relief, WebMD states the following. "With the safety of pain relievers being questioned and one (Vioxx) being pulled from the market in recent months, a new study gives arthritis sufferers more reason to try acupuncture. One advantage of this type of treatment, says the NIH, is that the rates of side effects are substantially lower than that of many drugs or other accepted medical procedures used for the same conditions."

Acupuncture is not a replacement therapy, but a wonderful complementary therapy to conventional western medicine. Most patients who seek acupuncture already have a western diagnosis and a treatment plan. Combining acupuncture therapy for acute or chronic conditions can help speed up recovery significantly, safely and naturally.

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