Acupuncture for Pain Relief
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient method that encourages natural healing and improvement of the body’s overall functioning. This is achieved by inserting small needles, along with heat or electrical stimulation, at very precise acupuncture points located throughout the body.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
The classical Chinese explanation of how acupuncture works is based on the idea that channels of energy travel in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels are called meridians and can be thought of as rivers flowing through the body, irrigating and nourishing the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of this energy is like a dam that backs up, affecting other channels as well. Because the meridians can be influenced by needling the acupuncture points; a trained professional is able to unblock the obstructions and reestablish the regular flow of energy through the meridians. Once the flow of energy is restored, the body’s internal organs are able to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities.
Is Medical Acupuncture Different From Ordinary Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an incredibly old medical art, and many approaches to learning and practicing it have been developed over the centuries. Medical acupuncture refers specifically to acupuncture performed by a doctor trained and licensed in Western medicine who has also had thorough training in acupuncture as a specialty practice. In this case, the doctor could use either approach, or a combination of both, to treat a patient.
What Is The Scope Of Medical Acupuncture?
There are three areas of health care that can be influenced by medical acupuncture: promotion of health and well-being, prevention of illness, and treatment of various medical conditions. Although acupuncture is most often associated with pain control, in the hands of a well-trained practitioner it can have much broader applications. Acupuncture can be effective as the only treatment used or when used in tandem with other medical treatment forms in many medical and surgical disorders.The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems. Digestive disorders that can be treated include gastritis and hyperacidity, spastic colon, constipation, and diarrhea. Respiratory disorders include sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, and recurrent chest infections. Neurological and muscular disorders include headaches, facial tics, neck pain, rib neuritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, and various forms of tendinitis, low back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis. Urinary, menstrual, and reproductive problems can also be treated using acupuncture. Acupuncture is particularly useful in resolving physical problems related to tension, stress, and emotional conditions.
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