Acupuncture is an ancient system of natural healing that originated in China 4,000 years ago. It is a form of Chinese medicine based upon the principle that pain and disease stems from an energetic imbalance within the organic, natural processes of the body.
Acupuncture is an alternative medicine; a treatment option worth serious consideration due to its efficacy and safety. While acupuncture doesn’t reverse the pathology of disease, it has proven helpful in managing and ameliorating illness. Chinese medicine works on very different principles from western medicine due to its incorporation of both physical and energetic perspectives.
Chinese Medicine is a highly developed system
As a highly developed Chinese medicine system of examination, diagnosis and treatment, acupuncture is best known for successful treatment of acute and chronic pain. However, it is quite applicable for a much wider spectrum of conditions – even for extremely difficult cases involving debilitation from long-standing illness. Most recently, it has gained acclaim for assisting couples unable to conceive.
Acupuncture treatment guides a person toward increased connection between the body, mind and spirit. This invigorates innate healing ability, leading to positive healing results regardless of their diagnosis. This is precisely why acupuncture treatment primarily addresses the root cause of a problem in order to transform both physical and energetic symptoms.
Interestingly, Chinese medicine is the world’s second largest medical system – serving well over 1.5 billion people worldwide. It is fully integrated as a medicine in its own right into the public health systems of present-day China & Japan, as well as in various parts of Europe and is certainly growing in that direction within the US & Canada.
Acupuncture is rapidly taking its legitimate place as a valuable therapeutic technique in modern medicine. This has been a slow and steady process since 1972 when Americans first heard about acupuncture through a NY Times article by James Reston reporting that he had been treated with acupuncture for his appendix while visiting China with President Nixon.
In China, acupuncture is actually used as the only anesthesia offered during major surgical procedures. Maybe this form of acupuncture anesthesia will also be offered here in the United States at some point in the future. For now it is offered in private offices, integrative medicine centers, hospitals and drug treatment centers in our country.
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