Although the vast majority of Americans are a key component of traditional Chinese medicine, they know little about how acupuncture works for many health issues and challenges and how it works. This is an alternative form of medicine, where very thin needles are places in different parts of the body, strategically. Although it is not based on traditional medicine’s basics, advocates often point to many successes that have been experienced by individuals for many years. Although initially used to treat certain types of pain, it is frequently used for a variety of other, alternative purposes and uses today.According to traditional Chinese medicine, health is achieved by balancing the extremes, referred to as, yin and yang as a component of a life force, referred to as, qi or chi.
1. How is it going to work?:
The theory is flowing, via, so-called, meridiens, these life forces. These meridiens, and/or flows of energy, flow in the human body from about 350 acupuncture points. Although there is no known and distributed / published scientific studies / proof that these points exist or are important, there is a large body of work and clinical evidence indicating that it is helpful for certain conditions, etc.
2. Potential applications:
Studies at a variety of institutions (including the Mayo Clinic, etc.) and in China and Germany, etc., have shown that there is, in some cases, considerable evidence of efficacy. Many say it’s great to address some headaches, including migraines. Clinical evidence has been provided, it is helpful to address, lower back pain, neck pain, knee pain, and even symptoms of osteoarthritis. Over 15 years ago, several conditions / situations were listed by the World Health Organization (WHO) where they claim acupuncture has proved effective.
3. Potential hazards:
Even the safest techniques could pose potential risks. Acupuncture should only be administered by a licensed health practitioner trained in this technique and can only be legally administered. Some potential risks are: patients with bleeding disorders or blood thinners; the possibility of bleeding and/or bruising at insertion points; non-sterilized needles (although acupuncture needles are regulated as medical devices and should only be used for single use); and incorrectly or too deeply positioned. Acupuncture, however, has been generally considered safe.
Acupuncture should be used alongside traditional medical treatments, as should most alternative approaches. Be sure, otherwise you are healthy, and your pain / inconvenience is not potentially life – threatening from something. Discuss thoroughly before therapy begins.
5. Personal experience of myself:
I had the privilege of witnessing, extensive oral surgery, performed successfully in the early, to the mid-1970s, using acupuncture exclusively, for pain relief. Approximately a decade later, after I had extracted a tooth, I suffered from trisma (often referred to as lockjaw), and after a few days, I had an acupuncturist, treated for 30 minutes, and thoroughly eliminated the condition permanently. I have been using an acupuncturist’s services on a regular basis for the past few years to help address chronic symptoms / diseases, shoulder pain, arthritis (osteoarthritis), lower back pain, and aches in my knees.