Acupuncture “Experience no pain to relieve pain.”
Definition • Acupuncture: • The insertion of the tips of needles into the skin at specific points for the purpose of treating various disorders by stimulating nerve impulses. Originally Chinese, this method of treatment is practiced in many parts of the world. www.dictionary.com
Origin of Acupuncture • The earliest written record of acupuncture is the Chinese text Shiji in the 2nd century BCE. • By the year 1000 acupuncture spread from China to Japan, Korea, Vietnam and other places in East Asia. • Acupuncture gained attention in the United States after Richard Nixon visited China in 1972.
Theory of Acupuncture • Meridians are energetic lay lines that are mapped throughout the human body. Their existence is proved boy the observation of the effect of various pressure points. These are recognized acupuncture pressure points. • The Meridian system can be thought of as an energetic distribution network. • In acupuncture, fine needles are inserted into the patients body in pre-selected acu-points. The effect of the needling is expected to cause changes in the pattern of the patients energy system.
Acupuncture Treatment helps the following: Neck of Cervical Pain Shoulder, Back, Hip pain Sciatica Anxiety Depression Insomnia Headaches and Migraines Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Sinus Problems Arthritis and Arthritic Pain Jaw and Face Pain Irritable Bowel Syndrome Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow Sports Injuries Motor Vehicle Injuries Bladder Infection Stress Related Disorders Menstrual and PMS Problems Smoking Addiction Obesity and Weight Control Infertility
ADVANTAGES Almost all patients or people in discomfort can suffer acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture provides relief from both physical and mental problems. Acupuncture treats problems by examining the entire human body and its relation to the environment in an attempt to eliminate the cause and not just the symptoms.
ADVANTAGES • Acupuncture is one of the most natural forms of alternative medicine during which endorphins are released into the blood stream in order to achieve maximum pain relief. • Acupuncture employs what is referred to as the gate theory in decreasing aches and pain. • Acupuncture might be responsible for increase blood flow due to the insertion of needles, thereby resulting in increased supply of essential nutrients to the affected area.
DISADVANTAGES • There is no treatment or cure for damaged body parts in acupuncture especially broken bones. • While acupuncture can eliminate the cause of certain diseases and provide relief from pain, it might not be able to detect certain other disease conditions that are prevalent. • Acupuncture might not be advisable for patients suffering from certain bleeding disorder and for patients on blood thinners. • Patients could experience a little amount of soreness post treatment. • If needles used are not sterile or are reused, it could result in patients suffering from infectious disease.
UNITED STATES A survey in the early 1990s indicated that Americans spend more than $13 billion annually on alternative therapies. Twelve million Americans received acupuncture treatments in 1995, while the United States government has allocated over $1 million in studies of the effectiveness of acupuncture. The patient volume in the student clinic at the American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Houston, for example, increased by more than 105% from 1997 to 1999.
– Panama has many acupuncturists. Some are from China and do not speak Spanish or English so you might need a translator or just let them diagnose and treat off of your pulses, tongue, body odor and appearance. PANAMA
Final Thought: “There must be something to acupuncture—you never see any sick porcupines.” • Bob Goddard
Resources: • http://www.articlebase.com/alternative-medicine-articles/acupuncture-theory-1735148.html • http://www.acupuncture-treatment.com/benefits.html • http://www.dictionary.com • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvlxggeIG4E