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HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?
Meridians lines are pathways in the body where vital energy “qi” flows. These channels of energy are encompassed within the body circulating from the top our heads all the way down to our toes. The meridian pathways help supply, sustain and provide strength to the tissues for growth, health and life. An interference in the flow of the meridian line bottles up, blocks and restricts healthy flow within our bodies, thus leading to various ailments and diseases. Acupuncture needles are inserted in the meridian pathway at the site of the blockage. The needles are then stimulated at precise points which removes the obstruction and restores its flow progression throughout the meridians lines. This type of procedure is utilized for treatment as well as for maintenance of the body’s internal organs to regain constitution and facilitate assimilation, consumption, and effective exertion. Acupuncture is utilized to promote the progress in the effective current flow through the meridians lines. Today, methodical interpretation confirms the encouragement of acupuncture points to invigorate the nervous system, in which chemicals are liberated in the muscles, spinal cord and brain. These chemicals do one of two things, 1)alter the way the pain is handled or 2)activate other chemicals and hormones which drive the body to regulate the system internally. The increased liveliness and biochemical equality contributed by acupuncture helps develop invigoration of our own body capability to regenerate and contribute to our well-being from head to toe and from the inside out.
ACUPUNCTURE IS APPROVED BY THE FDA – SAFE AND EFFECTIVE
Acupuncture is a part of natural medicine and an effective treatment method for many illnesses. It is FDA approved – both safe and effective, and is not associated with negative side effects. Acupuncture does not require the use of harmful drugs or x-rays, painful surgeries or other irreversible operations. It is a safe technique that allows the body to heal itself naturally. Acupuncture actually promotes your body’s ability to function by inserting hair thin needles through the skin at specific acupuncture points. Heat and/or electric stimulation may also added to encourage the healing process. You can have peace of mind in knowing that acupuncture is non invasive and painless. It treats a wide range of illnesses from moderate cases to the very difficult and is an excellent avenue to help patients promote, maintain and restore health based upon the principles of natural medicine.
WHAT IS MEDICAL ACUPUNCTURE?
Many people inquire about acupuncture and want to know what it is and the benefits of medical acupuncture on various ailments. You can have peace of mind in knowing that acupuncture is non invasive and painless. It treats a wide range of illnesses from moderate cases to the very difficult and is an excellent avenue to help patients promote, maintain and restore health based upon the principles of natural medicine. There are no chemicals of any kind or invasive procedures employed at any time – no X-rays, MRIs, operations, not even a hypodermic needle is used. The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture states the following:
WHAT ARE THE ACUPUNCTURE NEEDLES LIKE?
At Agape Acupuncture, Inc., we are very gentle and loving with our patients. We treat babies, toddlers and even the elderly. The encounter that people have with acupuncture needles vary from patient to patient. Mostly, patients do not experience pain, and some feel a slight pressure during needle placement. After the initial insertion of acupuncture needles, there is no pain and the patient usually reports deep relaxation and rest during the treatment. Acupuncture needles are very thin and solid and they are made of stainless steel. The point of the needle is smooth (Acupuncture needles are solid and not hollow like hypodermic needles. Hollow needles increase the risk of skin bruising and skin irritation.), and insertion through the skin is not as painful as injections or blood sampling. At Agape Acupuncture, Inc. we use disposable needles only! Guaranteed!
THE BENEFITS OF ACUPUNCTURE
In going over historical facts about acupuncture treatment and effects on the human body, acupuncture has been well known for its reconciliation of our design and for normal functioning of the body. It benefits, promotes, maintains and restores health and well being and increases the body’s ability to protect itself. As for the affect on pain management that acupuncture has on the body, it is now used as the only anesthesia in surgical operations. There has been more than two million surgical operation performed using acupuncture as an anesthesia.
Acupuncture conforms the design of our body to the way it should function. For instance constipation and diarrhea are two extremes of abnormal bowel movement. Acupuncture application of the needles to treat both of these conditions are placed in the same area to bring healing to the body. Modern medicine has to use two different medication one to stop the diarrhea and another to cause a bowel movement to happen. The uses of acupuncture to bring on a natural healing process by working with the body, instead of on the body is both safe and effective.
In today’s society, many people have been told to learn to live with certain ailments. It has been suggested for some people to seek out a psychiatrist, in the case of physiological disorders where there is no finding of a disorder and therefore no method of treatment can be applied, even when the patient describes the pain or discomfort. We now know that something can be done, and it is with the proper administration of acupuncture and natural medicine. Where other methods have not worked, acupuncture has brought complete healing to many people Acupuncture treats both element, the cause, and the symptoms of the illness. Because no one should have to just live with there ailment any more.
What the Science Says About the Effectiveness of Acupuncture
Results from a number of studies suggest that acupuncture may help ease types of pain that are often chronic such as low-back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis/knee pain. It also may help reduce the frequency of tension headaches and prevent migraine headaches. Therefore, acupuncture appears to be a reasonable option for people with chronic pain to consider. However, clinical practice guidelines are inconsistent in recommendations about acupuncture.
The effects of acupuncture on the brain and body and how best to measure them are only beginning to be understood. Current evidence suggests that many factors—like expectation and belief—that are unrelated to acupuncture needling may play important roles in the beneficial effects of acupuncture on pain.
A 2012 analysis of data on participants in acupuncture studies looked at back and neck pain together and found that actual acupuncture was more helpful than either no acupuncture or simulated acupuncture.
A 2010 review by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found that acupuncture relieved low-back pain immediately after treatment but not over longer periods of time.
A 2008 systematic review of studies on acupuncture for low-back pain found strong evidence that combining acupuncture with usual care helps more than usual care alone. The same review also found strong evidence that there is no difference between the effects of actual and simulated acupuncture in people with low-back pain.
Clinical practice guidelines issued by the American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians in 2007 recommend acupuncture as one of several nondrug approaches physicians should consider when patients with chronic low-back pain do not respond to self-care (practices that people can do by themselves, such as remaining active, applying heat, and taking pain-relieving medications).
THE HISTORY OF ACUPUNCTURE
The history of acupuncture is impressive. It is the world’s oldest existing medical system. “More people have been treated with acupuncture and herbs than ALL systems of medicine combined.” according to Dr. David Brestler, director of UCLA’s Pain Center. The 5,000 year old science and art of acupuncture and it effectiveness on our health has an extensive background and progression. It was utilized in China 3000 years before Christ. The term itself was derived by the 15th century Jesuit Missionaries in China from the Latin words “acus” meaning needle and “ puncture” meaning puncture. The development of acupuncture by clinical research in physiology, biochemistry, and pharmacology, to clarify, it is a collaboration of modern international medical science with the constitution of acupuncture medicine.
In March of 1996, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States of America gave approval for acupuncture as a medical treatment method. Due to vast request and scientific research, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in April, 1997, integrated acupuncture into the conventional medicine arena as a part of mainstream medicine. In July of 1997, Senate Bill 212 was signed into law, which indefinitely includes acupuncturist in the definition of “physician” for the treatment of injured employees entitled to worker’s compensation medical benefits. SB 212 will ensure that patients have the freedom to choose treatment from a healthcare provider that is appropriate for their needs. In November, 1997 the American Health Counsel publicly claimed acupuncture to be good for the treatment of pain, nausea, asthma, and arthritis. The science and art of acupuncture has substantiated the validity of its procedure to be a beneficial and viable medicine.