Through at least 5000 years acupuncturists have successfully treated billions – literally billions – of Chinese people, including mighty Chinese emperors, for a wide variety of symptoms, conditions, injuries, and diseases.
Now it’s our turn to reap the benefits of acupuncture, the fastest-growing health care method in America, its phenomenal growth due to primarily to word-of-mouth acclaim of satisfied patients. Through millions of Americans have already discovered this ancient healing art and rely on it for their health care needs, many persons in need of acupuncture stay away because of its procedures and philosophy seem strange and mysterious.
The main concept behind Acupuncture is an energy force called “Qi” (pronounced chee) which circulates throughout the human body using specialized pathways called Meridians or channels with “Acupuncture points” where the energy is most concentrated. It is believed that free flowing of the Qi keeps a person healthy. If the flow of the Qi is blocked for any reason, illness results. Acupuncture restores the proper balance and flow of the Qi, returning health to the patient.
One of the most common uses of Acupuncture is pain relief. This includes migraine, backache, period pain, arthritic and rheumatic pain, post-operative pain, and post-injury pain. The other uses of acupuncture are,.
- Ear, nose, and throat disorders: common cold, sinusitis, tonsillitis, hayfever, rhinitis and tooth pain.
- Respiratory disorders: acute bronchitis and bronchial asthma.
- Gastro-intestinal disorders: gastritis, indigestion duodenal ulcer, hiccoughs, colitis, constipation and diarrhea.
- Eye disorders: Acute conjunctivitis, central retinitis, juvenile myopia and mild cataract.-Neurological and Muscular-skeletal: Trigeminal neuralgia, headache, stroke syndromes, Meniere's disease, neuralgia, bladder dysfunction, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, sciatica, lower back pain and osteoarthritis.
- Other conditions treated include menstrual, menopausal and pregnancy related conditions, stress, depression, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, sports injuries, and drug withdrawal.
Acupuncture is more than just inserting tiny needles into your body. It is a complex system combining other complimentary techniques which can include:
- Moxibustion (warming)
After a person receives Acupuncture, he or she will
experience a sense of general well-being and relaxation. It is reported that an individual feels an improvement in sleep, digestion, and overall energy levels. Since Acupuncture heals the body through natural techniques, side effects are very rare. Mild exacerbation may be felt after first treatment, but subsides with additional treatment. Acupuncture is safe for person of all ages including children and the elderly, although treatment for the elderly is usually done to reduce discomfort and management of the condition.
In short, Acupuncture can strengthen the physical body, prevent disease, control pain, enhance health, assist in sports performance, addiction withdrawal, and achieve longevity.