Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are the world’s first all natural systems of medicine that has no negative side effects and are complication free. People have been using acupuncture and Chinese medicine for close to 5000 years, with a rich written history of close to 3000 years. Acupuncture works on the principle that the individual is as unique as natural world around us. It views the body as a complex network that when out of balance will manifest particular signs and symptoms. When a Chinese Medical Practitioner diagnoses this imbalance properly, it can be brought back into balance by acupuncture in conjunction with proper food, herbal, and supplemental strategies.
What Does Modern Science Know About Acupuncture?
The classical cannons of Chinese Medicine view the human body as a series of interconnected channels or meridians. These channels are made up of energy and run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface to form a circuit. They are like rivers freely flowing through the body to irrigate and bring nourishment to the organs, muscles, intestines and bowels, and other structures of the body. Obstructions in the free flow of energy will behave like dams and energy will back up causing pain, mental distress, and or disease.
Acupuncture needling at key points has the power to influence the meridians by unblocking obstructions to reestablish the regular free flow of energy through the meridians. As a result, acupuncture treatments can help the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances in their absorption, digestion, energy production activities, and in their circulation of energy through the meridian system.
The modern scientific explanation of acupuncture focuses on how needling acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones, which then influence the body’s own internal regulating system. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.
What Does The World Health Organization Say About Acupuncture
The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems, including:
- Digestive disorders: gastritis and hyperacidity, spastic colon, constipation, diarrhea
- Respiratory disorders: sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, recurrent chest infections
- Neurological and muscular disorders: headaches, facial tics, neck pain, rib neuritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, various forms of tendinitis, low back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis
- Urinary, menstrual, and reproductive problems
- Acupuncture is particularly useful in resolving physical problems related to tension and stress and emotional conditions
Are There Any Side Effects Associated with Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a safe treatment with no major or lasting side effects. As energy is redirected in the body, internal chemicals and hormones are stimulated and healing begins to take place. Occasionally the original symptoms worsen for a few days. Some people may experience changes in appetite, sleep, bowel or urination patterns, or emotional state. These changes should not cause concern, as they are simply indications that the acupuncture is starting to work. It is quite common with the first one or two treatments to have a sensation of deep relaxation or even mild disorientation immediately following the treatment. These pass within a short time, and never require anything more than a bit of rest to overcome.
So Does Acupuncture Really Work?
Absolutely! To put this in perspective more people in the past 3000 years have been successfully treated with acupuncture than with all other health modalities combined. Today acupuncture is practiced widely in Asia, Western & Eastern Europe. It is now being used more and more by Americans seeking ways to address their health concerns without drugs that may cause side effects or other complications.
Do I Have to Believe in Acupuncture for it to Work?
It is not necessary to believe in acupuncture to have a beneficial experience from a treatment. For example, many veterinarians are now using acupuncture successfully on cats, dogs, horses and other animals. These animal patients do not understand or can conceptualize a process that helps them get better. Having a positive attitude toward wellness may reinforce the effects of your treatment received whereas a negative attitude may hinder your progress.
I Have A Session Scheduled, What Do I Need To Do On The Day Of The Session?
- Do not eat an unusually large meal immediately before or after your treatment.
- Do not over-exercise, engage in sexual activity, or consume alcoholic beverages within 6 hours before or after the treatment.
- Plan your activities so that after the treatment you can get some rest, or at least not have to be working at top performance. This is especially important for the first few visits.
- Continue to take any prescription medicines as directed by your regular doctor. Substance abuse (drugs and alcohol) especially in the week prior to treatment, will seriously interfere with the effectiveness of acupuncture treatments.
- Remember to keep good mental or written notes of what your response is to the treatment. This will help plan follow-up treatments.