non-needle treatment is available
is a Health Care System
is used to;
the side effects of Medication Drugs
is effective for physical, psychological, and emotional, and psycho-spiritual problems/concerns.
Can Needles Heal?
Acupuncture has its roots deeply planted in China. In fact, authorities agree the
science is between 5,000 and 7,000 years old. Its use spread throughout ancient Egypt,
the Middle East, the Roman Empire and later into Western Europe as merchants and missionaries to China told of the amazing discoveries the people of the Orient had developed. Acupuncture
did not become known on a national level in the U.S. until 1971 when diplomatic
relations between China and America
At first glimpse, acupuncture appears strange, as its primary notoriety is the utilization of needles
placed in the skin at various locations to relieve pain or affect a body part.
Chinese physicians theorize there is
an energy network traversing just below the surface of the skin which communicates from the exterior to the internal organs
and structures at over 1,000 "Acupoints" on the body. They believe this energy works in harmony with the body's circulatory,
nervous, muscular, digestive, and genitourinary and all other systems of the body. These physicians also believe that when
this vital energy becomes blocked or weakened, an effect in a body system or anatomic location becomes evident. Stimulation
of one or a combination of key "Acupoints" on the body is said to restore harmony to the affected area.
have stated, "More people have benefited from acupuncture over the course of fifty centuries than the combined total of all
other healing sciences, both ancient and modern."
HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?
In recent years, science
has determined that human beings are complex bioelectric systems. This understanding has been the foundation of acupuncture
practice for several thousand years.
Classic acupuncture states that energy circulates throughout the body along well-defined
pathways, called meridians. Points on the skin, along these pathways, are energetically connected to specific organs, body
structures, and systems. If this energy circulation is disrupted, optimum function is affected and this results in pain or
illness. Acupuncture points are stimulated to balance the circulation of energy, which influences the health of the entire
The modern theory of acupuncture is that there is a connection via the central nervous system that induces
the production or secretion of chemicals in the body such as endorphins, neurotransmitters, hormones, lymphokines, etc. Though
most of these chemicals are used fairly quickly, clinical experience indicates that acupuncture generally has cumulative effects.
Thus, acupuncture must provide some training of the autonomic mechanisms that control the patient's pattern of physiological
In short, acupuncture works with a person's internal pharmacy, rather than putting in chemicals from the
outside. This approach has several advantages over pharmaceutical medicine.
Far too often in the medical professions,
a patient is told after extensive examination, "There is nothing wrong." "It is all in your head," or "Sorry, you'll have
to learn to live with it." The examining doctor unable to find the cause of the problem has little else to tell the patient.
Fortunately, many medical physicians are now referring their patients for an acupuncture evaluation as a last resort.
research continues in this country and others to attempt to explain in western scientific terms what the ancient Chinese many
centuries earlier described. Today, many theories have been postulated as to why acupuncture is so effective in pain control.
However, as more discoveries are made, more research is indicated.
BENEFITS OF ACUPUNCTURE
Since acupuncture promotes the body's natural healing ability, most conditions can be corrected or improved. The effectiveness
of acupuncture is well documented and extends far beyond the conception that it is only useful for chronic pain management
or as an analgesic. Many athletes have discovered that acupuncture treatment helps them to achieve optimum performance levels.
Also, throughout its long history, acupuncture has established a solid reputation as a system of preventative health care
ACUPUNCTURE IS USEFUL FOR:
Body Aches and Pains
Allergies, Sinus Problems and Headaches
Chronic Fatigue & Insomnia
Joint Pain & Sport Injuries
Back and Neck Pain/Stiffness
Stress & Anxiety Related Disorders
Digestive Disorders (Acidity, Constipation, Gas, Bloating)
WHAT CONDITIONS ARE ACCEPTED?
Acupuncture textbooks list well over one hundred different conditions that respond well to acupuncture. The World Health Organization,
working in close harmony with the International Acupuncture training center of the Shanghai College of Traditional Chinese
Medicine, has indicated acupuncture is effective in the following conditions.
Acute and chronic pain relief
Tension, cluster and sinus headaches
Cervical (neck) pain
Low back pain
Post-operative pain relief
Abnormal blood pressure
Chronic fatigue syndrome
And Much More..
This is only a partial list of the numerous conditions acupuncture has been credited with helping. Find out if your disorder
may be helped with Acupuncture.