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For over 5,000 years, acupuncture has been a huge part of traditional Chinese medicine. Traditional Chinese medicine is a medical tradition that includes modalities such as acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, cupping, moxibustion and Chinese massage among others. Brought by Chinese immigrants into the United States during the middle part of the 19th century, acupuncture did not really take off as an established form of healthcare in this country. It was only during the early 1970s that this ancient healing method was finally given the recognition it deserved from the western medicinal community as an accepted form of treatment for a number of disorders and diseases. The reputation of acupuncture among the US population, though, seems to be limited. It is more or less perceived to be a treatment for pain and substance addiction. With the invention of the internet however, a growing number of Americans are beginning to discover the power, effectiveness and safety of alternative and natural medicine. Many of them are now aware that acupuncture can be used either as an adjunct therapy or as the main type of treatment for literally dozens of health conditions aside for treating addictions and pain.

The acceptance and recognition now afforded to acupuncture in this country can be due to the effectiveness and versatility of this incredibly beneficial modality. Specifically, acupuncture can help treat COPD symptoms. More than enough evidence has been documented to justify the utilization of acupuncture for COPD conditions. This treatment has been clinically verified to boost pulmonary functions testing including TLC, RV and FEV, improve the COPD sufferer’s ability to walk, and alleviate shortness of breath. Acupuncture’s potency in treating COPD helps promote a much better overall quality of life for the COPD patient. In certain occasions, acupuncture can even make a person’s condition well enough that taking of pharmaceutical drugs can either be completely eliminated or, if not, at least, significantly lessened.

Traditional Chinese medicine or TCM, for short, works on the theory that vital energy (known as chi or qi) flows throughout the body via pathways of energy known as meridians that run throughout the body. A healthy person implies that the chi flows in a balanced manner along these energy pathways. When a person suffers from a disorder or a disease, it means that his chi flow has stagnated due to a disruption or a blockage in the meridians.

Using acupuncture, a procedure that involves the insertion of very slender needles into parts of the skin known as acupuncture points under which the meridians lie, the body is helped to gain back its normal balance through the treatment’s ability to remove the factors that caused the stagnation and blockage of chi. This results in the treatment of the condition and the restoration of the person’s health.

If acupuncture is done by a licensed acupuncturist, the procedure is very safe. There are people who may bleed a little or feel a slight sensation of pain at the site where the needle is inserted although more often than not, acupuncture is a painless procedure when performed correctly. Infections are avoided if the acupuncturist uses disposable and sterile needles, which is the standard for acupuncture treatment nowadays. To find a licensed acupuncturist you can contact the Acufinder, the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance, or the American Association of Oriental Medicine. These are all highly reputable organizations where abundant information about TCM and acupuncture can be found and more importantly, where you can find a licensed acupuncturist near your area.

As a type of adjunct treatment, acupuncture can greatly help relieve the symptoms associated with COPD. TCM and acupuncture are considered holistic modalities and they often very well complement other types of alternative and natural treatment procedures and even western conventional modalities. You need to know that acupuncturists for the most part are also trained in Chinese herbal medicine. This means that most of the time besides acupuncture, your acupuncturist may create customized herbal concoctions for you to optimize the benefits of your acupuncture therapy.

Herbal Medicine

For millennia, herbs have been used by every known culture in the world to treat disorders and diseases. It is therefore a surprise to find out that there are mainstream medical “experts” that try to dismiss or belittle the benefits of herbal medicine. These people often argue that the effectiveness of herbs do not have any scientific basis at all. Maybe they should try telling that to the countless number of people all over the world who have been cured of their condition using nothing but herbs.

Most of the illnesses in this country are oftentimes the result of a poor lifestyle. COPD, stroke, cancer and heart disease, all leading causes of death in the United States, are more often than not caused by an unhealthy style of living. Of course, to most things, there are exceptions. From time to time, you can hear about a truly health person who have been stricken with a certain illness. In most cases, however the kind of health we possess are intrinsically the consequence of our lifestyle choices and our dietary habits. We become sick due to the bad choices we have made, and this sickness has forced us to avail of aggressive drugs to help us stay alive. It is really good news that more and more Americans are realizing the benefits of alternative and natural medicine and have turned to them to help them overcome sickness and disease. Many are now aware how important nutrition and diet is to getting and maintaining good health and to avoid health conditions that can prevent them from living healthy, happy and longer lives.

Not everything can be cured by herbs. The truth is, herbs don’t cure anything – it is only the body that can do that. However, as with other natural healing modalities and supplements, herbs are remarkably effective in aiding the body to heal itself, provided that their use is combined with changes in diet and nutrition.


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Written by Valerie

September 22nd, 2014 at 11:25 am

Posted in Acupuncture

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