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Acupuncture - An Introduction

Apr 4, 2008
Acupuncture is a part of traditional Chinese medicine. It is acclaimed to be one of the oldest forms of healing throughout the entire world. What lies underneath acupuncture is the belief that a disruption in the flow of imbalances and qi within the forces of both yin and yang cause diseases to occur. A combination of herbs, meditation, massage and acupuncture are believed to restore the balance of yin-hang and the flow of qi and this aids the healing process. Acupuncture involves the stimulation of specific points in the body to remove blockages in the flow of qi and therefore restore and maintain health. In the United States, acupuncture is an area of alternative medicine, which is not accepted as part of conventional medicine.

Because acupuncture is not always accepted as being part of traditional medicine, there are several points that we should consider about this treatment:

Asian people, specially Chinese, have used acupuncture for many thousands of years.

Scientists have been studying the effectiveness of acupuncture for treating many conditions for many years.

Few complications arise as a result of acupuncture, although there can be serious side effects if it is not performed by a person who is suitably qualified.

Although the procedure has existed in China and other Asian countries for several years, it has only been used in the United States since 1971. Since acupuncture was introduced, many people have chosen to use it for many conditions, including chronic pain, arthritis, post-surgical pain and migraines. Many people squirm at the thought of needles being injected into them, but most swear by the benefits received by using acupuncture. Many people choose to try acupuncture after all traditional medical procedures have failed to help their condition.

One should not be scared of acupuncture as long as you are treated by a qualified practitioner. Sometimes, practitioners do not follow proper safety procedures or people choose a practitioner who is not suitably qualified and this can lead to problems. Nobody would visit a medical doctor who was not properly qualified to treat you, and one should take the same care when choosing an acupuncture practitioner. In the United States, use of the needles is regulated by the FDA, and can even include a requirement for one time use.

By obtaining all necessary information about acupuncture and being careful to choose a practitioner that is suitably qualified, you will gain a better understanding and will be able to make a decision regarding the benefits it will provide you with. One should not choose a practitioner just on someone else's recommendation - you should first conduct your own research.
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