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The Various Applications of Acupuncture

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The term Alternative Medicine can be defined in various ways. The definition that’s most widely accepted is one that says alternative medicine is the several natural therapies used to treat illness. In the United States, acupuncture has become a widely popular form of alternative treatment for decades; in China and other Asian countries, it has been practiced for thousands of years.

China is where acupuncture allegedly originated. It has been used for more than 3,000 years and was the mainstream treatment there and not an Alternative treatment for pain. Acupuncture is a technique that applies slender needles into the skin at specific points in the body. It is performed to help relieve pain and restore balance to the energy in the body. It is thought there are two kinds of energy: the Yin and the Yang. They tend to attract each other and generate an energy known as Qi. The energy circulates throughout the body in energy channels called meridians. Pain will occur when the energy is not balanced. Needles are used to redirect this energy to the meridians to restore balance

Acupuncture was actually first introduced to America by Sir William Osler, an Englishman. It didn’t click with the Americans during that time. It only became popular in the 1970s when a reporter named James Reston did a news story about his appendectomy in China in the New York Times. He complained of pain in his stomach and had an appendectomy. His pain was successfully relieved not with drugs but with acupuncture. His story inspired doctors in the US to learn more about the technique to relieve postsurgical pain. Now, a lot of Western trained physicians travel to China to learn acupuncture.

Studies show that acupuncture has the capacity to treat a variety of conditions. It can prevent stroke, treat lung conditions, relieve nausea, treat drug, alcohol, and tobacco addiction, and of course, to alleviate pain. There are unlimited uses for Acupuncture which is the reason it is the most popular type of Alternative Medicine in the world.

A lot of Western trained physicians still are skeptical about the effectiveness of Alternative Medicine, especially acupuncture in treating health conditions. However, a growing number of them are starting to combine Western Medicine and Alternative Medicine to their practice. Some physicians, for example, will conduct surgery using Western techniques then afterwards use acupuncture to ameliorate postsurgical pain. This approach has proved to be one of the most effective ways to resolve diseases.

Ni Nan Gilbert is a licensed acupuncturist in Bellmore, NY with certification in Chinese Herbology and over 16 years experience in traditional Chinese medicine.

Written by Valerie

April 18th, 2017 at 9:03 pm

Posted in Acupuncture