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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) or any medicinal practice of Asian origin is labeled alternative medicine in the United States and in many countries in the West.  The modalities involved in alternative medicine are moxibustion, acupuncture, massage, movement exercises, dietary modifications and herbs.

Western medicine involves the connection between physiology and anatomical function. TCM, which has been utilized for millennia and still practiced on the other hand, is based on five principles interrelating a higher power, the universe and the world to life and the human body.

One component of TCM is acupuncture, a treatment that includes the insertion and manipulation of reed thin needles in the skin to relieve pain and treat various kinds of health conditions.  Acupuncture points are certain sites in the skin dispersed all over the body.  They are connected to meridians, intangible networks that carry energy all over the body.  Meridians have no anatomical structure in Western medical science because they are invisible.  This issue is a topic of contention among Western medical researches who may be somewhat overlooking the fact neurochemical tracts are likewise conceptual.  Patients react to acupuncture in predictable ways making its positive effects predictably known.  Acupuncture does not cause harmful side effects that prescription medications always do.

Acupuncture has been traced back to its earliest known use around 200 BC.  The Chinese brought this healing art throughout Asia and different versions of it are now practiced all over the world.  The invasive nature of needles insertion has made acupuncture a difficult study for the Western scientific method.  It does not help that many eastern researchers have a certain prejudice for acupuncture.  Still, consensus believes the safety of acupuncture when performed by qualified and experienced acupuncturists using sterilized and disposable needles.  Research is nonstop on how acupuncture works and on the potential benefits of acupuncture for other kinds of illnesses.

Some modern and different versions of acupuncture that enable acupuncture to be self-applied such as acupressure and electro acupuncture are offered by some.  These applications follow the principles of acupuncture and TCM are non-invasive meaning they do not involve the use of needles.

There are countless articles online or in bookstores that allow one to research more about acupuncture.  For those who want to heal themselves with this treatment, it is best to research thoroughly on what acupuncture points associate to major body parts.  One particular type of self-applied acupuncture that is gaining in popularity is electromagnetic wave therapy.  This type of acupuncture relies on electromagnetic energy produced by a gadget that sends out pulses of electromagnetic energy to the fingertips, which stimulates specific organs.  A manual that details the map of the human body and the meridians in the hands that are associated to different body parts is included when you purchase this gadget.

Written by Valerie

August 6th, 2012 at 3:12 am