February 13, 2015

Acupuncture

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What is Acupuncture?

 

Acupuncture is a holistic health technique that stems from Traditional Chinese Medicine practices in which trained practitioners stimulate specific points on the body by inserting thin needles into the skin. Today acupuncture is one of the most popular practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in the West. TCM is a Acupuncture Treatment complimentary health approach that first originated in ancient China more than 2,500 years ago and has been evolving ever since. To treat a wide variety of diseases, pain and stress-related symptoms, practitioners of TCM use holistic techniques that include acupuncture, herbal medicines, tai chi, qi gong, massage therapy, and various “mind and body practices.” The use of acupuncture and other TCM techniques has risen steadily in the U.S and other Western countries over the past several decades. According to a large survey done on complementary health approaches by the National Institute of Health (NIH) in 2007, in the U.S. alone at least 3.1 million people had tried acupuncture.

 
The most common question in regards to Acupuncture is, “Does acupuncture hurt?” Surprisingly, although needles are used in acupuncture, treatments are relatively pain-free. In fact, one of the most popular uses of acupuncture is to reduce chronic pain throughout the body in a natural way, without the need for medications that can cause unwanted side effects. It is also  stated by the World Health Organization (WHO) that Acupuncture may help with other conditions, too – including anxiety, depression, inflammation, hot flashes, side effects of chemotherapy and insomnia. 

 

 

Holistic Care

Holistic care involves treating the whole person- body, mind, spirit, and emotions to achieve optimum health and well-being. This involves bringing a balance of harmony to life. Holistic medicine is effective since all parts of the body are interdependent on each other. If an imbalance occurs in one part of the body, this will affect all the other parts of the body as well. A holistic approach restores balance to the body.

Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine uses plants found in nature to achieve healing. Herbs are often effective in treating health problems because they do not cause the side effects that traditional medications can cause. Throughout the world, many different cultures have used herbal medicine to help bodily function and to treat illness. Chinese herbs are probably the most renowned in the west for their effects on skin disease, gynecology, digestive, respiratory conditions, allergies, disorders of the immune system, and pain.

Pain Management

Acupuncture has been used throughout history as an effective way to manage chronic pain. Most pain responds well to acupuncture regardless of the duration and level of pain.  Patients who suffer from chronic pain are typically dependent on medications that can damage other organs or cause unwanted side effects. Often, those who take medication on a regular basis build up a tolerance and a higher dosage may be required over time. By managing pain by means of acupuncture, a patient often finds that the medication dosage can be reduced and sometimes is no longer needed.

 

 

Pain- such as Arthritis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Dental Pain, Dysentery, Facial palsy, Fibromyalgia, Headache, Low back pain, Migraine, Osteoarthritis, Sciatica, Shoulder pain, Tennis elbow, Tooth pain, Trigeminal Neuralgia, and Wrist Pain

 

Immune disorder-

 

 

Disorders of the respiratory system can be classified into four general areas:

  • Obstructive conditions (e.g., emphysema, bronchitis, asthma attacks)
  • Restrictive conditions (e.g., fibrosis, sarcoidosis, alveolar damage, pleural effusion)
  • Vascular diseases (e.g., pulmonary edema, pulmonary embolism, pulmonary hypertension)
  • Infectious, environmental and other "diseases" (e.g., pneumonia, tuberculosis, asbestosis, particulate pollutants): Coughing is of major importance, as it is the body's main method to remove dust, mucus, saliva, and other debris from the lungs. Inability to cough can lead to infection. Deep breathing exercises may help keep finer structures of the lungs clear from particulate matter, etc. digestion
  • The Chinese refer to this as balancing your earth. The digestion is at the center of all energy in the body. All food is medicine & nothing can be more rewarding and advantageous to one’s physical and mental health than developing a balanced and sustainable relationship to the food we eat.
  • Respiratory diseases range from mild and self-limiting, such as the common cold, to life-threatening entities like Bacterial Pneumonia, Pulmonary Embolism, Lung Cancer, Allergy, Asthma, Bronchitis, Common Cold, Hiccough, Rhinitis, Sinusitis, Sore Throat, and Tonsillitis
  • The respiratory tract is constantly exposed to microbes due to the extensive surface area, which is why the respiratory system includes many mechanisms to defend itself and prevent pathogens from entering the body.

Emotional disorders

. Difficult to relax at night, hard to get up in the morning. Activities such as acupuncture allows the body to achieve deep, restful healing sleep and energy.

 
 
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