Finding Relief with Acupuncture Therapy

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Acupuncture Therapy is an ancient art of pain relief that is still being used today. Millions of Americans have turned to acupuncture therapy in just the last 40 years. Acupuncture therapy was passed down to us from the Chinese who are still skilled at the art.

The Chinese perfected a way of changing the energy flow in the human body with acupuncture therapy. The tiny needles are inserted in the body to channel energy flow and help heal the body.

The human body has what are called channels known as meridians. These are branches or lanes leading to organs. If an organ is not functioning properly, acupuncture therapy has been successful in re-channeling energy and promoting healing.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has found acupuncture to be effective for the treatment of almost every condition that attacks the human body. Acupuncture therapy is an effective way to treat allergies that are among the most common disorders people suffer with. Nearly two in 10 people suffer from some sort of allergy. It is one of the main causes of school and work absence. Many people with allergies have found relief from allergies along with gastrointestinal disorders, gynecological problems that millions of women suffer with each year. Acupuncture therapy has also been found to help people suffering with alcoholism and other substance abuses.

Headaches affect nearly every one of us. Many people have debilitating headaches that make it nearly impossible for them to function. Acupuncture therapy is a low cost way that has successfully relieved headache pain without high doses of medications or surgery.

Millions of Americans are suffering from arthritis. It causes joint pain and bone deterioration. Those living with rheumatoid arthritis can have crippling effects from the disease. Acupuncture therapy has relieved pain, restored circulation to the affected joints and restored energy resulting in an ease of movement. Osteoarthritis pain has been alleviated also.

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Acupuncture therapy can be more successful when used before a condition reaches the point that heavy mediation or surgery is needed. Those suffering from AIDS or cancer need chemotherapy have been helped with acupuncture therapy. It is not meant to be used instead of Western treatments, but in addition to for relief pain.

Acupuncture therapy, as we now know it, was first used over 2,500 years ago in China and was called Nei Ching or The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine. The Chinese have perfected acupuncture therapy, but it may have first started as an Asian therapy. The oldest text, discussing acupuncture, was found in a book entitled the Systematic Classic of Acupuncture, dated 282 A.D.

The art of shiatsu, acupressure massage and macrobiotics can be traced back to having roots in acupuncture. The Chinese use herbal remedies, dietary therapy, and lifestyle changes in addition to acupuncture.

Acupuncture therapy was introduced to America as late as the 1970s when Richard Nixon was the first president to visit China. In the early 1900s, Western physicians were fascinated with acupuncture therapy observed in China, but it was not accepted until the 1970s.

During Nixon’s visit, journalists observed surgery being performed on patients without anesthetics. The Chinese doctors were using the tiny acupuncture therapy needles to control the pain instead. The patients remained awake during the procedure. A journalist for the New York Times, James Reston, chose to undergo surgery and declined medication. The acupuncture therapy needles were used to control his pain. Acupuncture therapy became popular after he published a story describing his experience.

Acupuncture therapy is being used in all 50 states by over 9,000 doctors. As many as 4,000 doctors include acupuncture therapy with their practice. To date, over five million Americans have undergone acupuncture therapy.

The other forms of acupuncture used in America, in addition to the Chinese method, is Japanese acupuncture using thin needles and does not include herbal medicine. Auricular acupuncture therapy is used on the ears. Paul Nogier, a neurologist in France, developed a popular system based on neuroendocrine which is different than Chinese therapy. This method is also becoming popular in America.


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