Acupuncture

Acupuncture

Acupuncture
Imagine relief from back pain without medication. Imagine childbirth without the intense pain. These are just a few of the many benefits acupuncture may provide. Acupuncture originated in China thousands of years ago. It involves a technique using very thin needles, which are strategically inserted in certain parts of your body. The theory is founded on balancing the flow of energy (qi or chi) through pathways (meridians) in your body. Practitioners believe that by restoring the energy flow, a re-balancing and restoration of harmony will be restored to your body. Western medicine is becoming more and more open to this ancient practice, and over the past several decades, acupuncture has been looked upon as a favorable alternative to treating many conditions.

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    Acupuncture consists of the insertion of very fine, solid stainless steel needles that are about the thickness of a human hair. They do not penetrate very deeply into the skin. Most people report feeling no discomfort whatsoever, or at most, a brief sensation upon insertion.

    How many needles you'll need for your therapy depends on what your therapist is treating. In general, the number of needles range from as few as four to upward of 18. Each needle is sterilized, packaged separately, and only used one time.

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    How does acupuncture help treat allergies?
    Acupuncture works for allergies because it treats the underlying cause, as well as the symptoms. Watch acupuncturist Jill Blakeway describe how Chinese medicine can provide long-term relief from allergies by targeting symptoms and boosting immunity. 
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    There are no standard acupuncture treatments for fertility. Each individual body is different with different circumstances so treatment varies between people. It also varies during the course of treatment and depends on many factors, such as season, weather, time of day and so on. For this reason, it is difficult to define a specific treatment protocol. Your selected practitioner will be able to determine the best course of action for you and your partner.
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    Acupuncture is very effective in helping a frozen shoulder as well as other joint pathologies. Usually you should notice marked improvement within four treatments, depending, of course, on how acute or chronic the problem is. It is reasonable to expect a full recovery after eight treatments. A licensed practitioner will be able to provide a better assessment of your condition and to determine whether other modalities such as cupping or moxabustion are suitable.
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    In traditional Chinese medicine theory, sudden hearing loss is associated with "wind" which strikes the meridians associated with the face and hearing. There are treatment protocols offered by acupuncture that might help. I suggest that you contact a licensed practitioner in your area to determine proper course of action.
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    In clinical studies, electroacupuncture (EA) has shown to be effective in treating a variety of conditions, particularly those that are chronic. The most obvious are pain, muscle spasms and neurological issues. But because the electrical stimulation of acupuncture points can be used to activate a variety of systems within the body, EA can be used to treat conditions as wide-ranging as heart disease, hypertension, nausea, weight gain and even skin problems.
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    Moxibustion is an acupuncture technique involving moxa, the herb mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris). In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), this herb is used to invigorate the flow of Qi (chi, in TCM, it is the energy that keeps us from falling ill, the energy that forces our heart to beat, or cells to divide) and blood, promote a pain-relieving effect, and deeply penetrate the area of discomfort with soothing warmth.

    In moxibustion, the moxa herb is lit on fire and can either be placed on top of the needle (Needle Moxa); applied without the use of needles, as it can be burned in stick form as the acupuncturist hovers and swirls the stick of burning moxa above various acupuncture points; or the moxa can be indirectly placed on various acupoints on the body using a thin slice of ginger or other barrier to shield the skin. Moxibustion is particularly effective for cases like tight muscle spasms, low back pain, frozen shoulder, or various osteoarthritic joint pains, especially when pain is worsened by damp and cold weather.
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    Patients normally feel relaxed and calm. You may feel tired or drowsy for a few hours if the experience is particularly strong. You may also experience a short-term flair-up of symptoms in the healing process. After a session, it is a good idea to sit quietly and relax. A gentle walk or very mild exercise can also be helpful. Avoid big meals, vigorous exercise, alcohol and stressful situations.
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    While the basic theoretical principles of acupuncture are fairly consistent, styles of acupuncture differ greatly in terms of technique and diagnosis. There is no evidence that one particular style is more effective than another, but you should understand as much as possible about the treatment being proposed. Below is a general guide:

    Traditional Chinese Acupuncture: Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), is the dominant style of acupuncture studied and practiced in the U.S.

    Japanese Acupuncture: "Japanese-style" acupuncture uses the same meridians and points as Chinese acupuncture but takes a more subtle route, typically using fewer and thinner needles with less stimulation.

    Korean Hand Acupuncture: This technique focuses on points in the hand that correspond to areas of the body and to certain disharmonies.

    Auricular Acupuncture: This system, commonly used for pain control and drug, alcohol, and nicotine addiction, focuses on points in the ear that correspond to areas of the body and to certain disharmonies.

    Medical Acupuncture: When acupuncture is performed by a western Medical Doctor (MD), it is termed "Medical Acupuncture." Acupuncture requirements for western doctors are generally more lenient than for non-MDs. If you decide to go to an MD for acupuncture, choose one who is a member of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, as this organization requires a minimum of 200 hours of training. Medical doctors usually use sterilized, stainless steel needles, like other acupuncturists, but also sometimes use injections.

    Veterinary Acupuncture: Veterinary acupuncture is an acknowledged and respected field of medicine, requiring formal training and certification. In most states, provinces and countries, veterinary acupuncture is considered a surgical procedure that, legally, may only be performed by a licensed Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
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    Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine dating back over 5,000 years. It is based on the concept that the body has specific channels (meridians) through which energy (chi) flows. While this energy, or chi, is flowing smoothly, there will be no specific pain or disease, but if the chi is either deficient or excess in quantity, or is not flowing freely, there will be disease.
    To bring your energy back to flowing smoothly, your therapist, called an acupuncturist, stimulates certain key pressure points by inserting extremely thin, flexible needles into your skin. When a skilled acupuncturist performs this therapy, there is almost no pain. In fact, many people find the therapy extremely relaxing.
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