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Acupuncture Basics

Acupuncture

is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and improve function. This is done by inserting sterilized, stainless-steel needles (that are as fine as a human hair) into specific points located near or on the surface of the skin which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to treat a wide variety of illnesses.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

views a person as an energy system in which body and mind are unified, each influencing and balancing the other. Unlike Western medicine which attempts to isolate and separate a disease from a person, Chinese Medicine emphasizes a holistic approach that treats the whole person.

Your practitioner will make a Chinese medical diagnosis based upon a thorough examination and consultation. The examination includes the assessment of the pulse and tongue. Once a diagnosis is made, your acupuncturist will choose the most appropriate acupuncture points for treatment.

Qi

- The basic foundation for Oriental medicine is that there is a life energy flowing through the body which is called "Qi" (pronounced chee). This energy flows through the body on channels known as meridians that connect all of our major organs. According to Chinese medical theory, illness arises when the cyclical flow of Qi in the meridians becomes unbalanced or is blocked.

Acupuncture points

are areas of designated electrical sensitivity that have been shown to be effective in the treatment of specific health problems. They have been mapped out by the Chinese over a period of over 2000 years.

ACUPUNCTURE EXPLANATION

This is a neurological intervention directly into the body structures both superficial and deep including vital organs as Liver, Spleen, Kidney and Heart etc. Therefore, neurological stimulation to the body organs, skin, bone and soft tissue either increase their activity or decrease the activity. This will result in permanent relief from disease or various pains.

According to the body structure and functions of the body, there are known two neurological systems are working in the body:-

1. Sympathetic System

2. Parasympathetic system

A third system has been described by the Chinese Traditional Medicine about 5000 years, knows as

3. Meridian system i.e. “Nervous outflow”.

This system is present in the all living creatures including Human Being with full development form. This is only present in the live subjects and disappears in deads.

This is nervous outflow and cannot visible in forms of nerves as a part anatomical structure of the body. Therefore, the meridians are flowing superficial and deep of the body, connecting deep vital organs like Stomach, Liver, and Kidney etc. When the meridian comes to the external surface of the body, it creates an acupuncture point, which a Gateway for stimulation.

If a point knows as St36 or St25, it means 36th or 25th point of the stomach meridian, which is passing through stomach from toes to face. Stimulation to these points by help of acupuncture needles and with a low voltage stimulator or by the Laser rays either activates the functions of the stomach. The selections of group of pre-determine acupuncture points treat the dysfunction of the organ involved in the particular disease process.

The disease treated permanently without using any chemical medicines or an extensive surgery.

The proof of existing meridian system is lies in the fact that the western medicine uses this system extensively without knowingly that they are using meridian system.

As an example:-

1. Recording of the Heart Activity by the E.C.G. monitor, the brain activity by E.K.G. and the muscle activity by applying electrodes superficially on the chest or brain.

2. Using High voltage current directly to the heart through the stimulator to stimulate the activity of the collapses heart in the emergency situation.

3. Using Electrode directly over head to control the violent behaviour of mental patent by giving electrical shock etc.

ACUPUNTURE THEORY

Six different theories have been put forward to explain the phenomenon of acupuncture healing process but none can explain all the effects fully.

The scientific researchers are going on at different part of world as USA, China, UK and Germany to find out the correct explanation of acupuncture effect. The main hospital of New York is using services of acupuncture experts to

The acupuncture treats pains, several diseases and dysfunctions by improving body functions.

There is no side effect of this therapy.

SOUTH AFRICAN MEDICAL TRAINING/PROFESSIONAL EXPECTANCE OF CTM

1. The University of Western Cape, Bellville, Western Cape is providing training in the Chinese medicine via five years course in the Chinese medical education followed by one year internship.

2. The Health Professional council is providing full registration to practice acupuncture and the Chinese medicine in South Africa under professional medical body knows as Allied Health Professional Council of South Africa.

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine for Autoimmune Disorders

Over 50 million Americans suffer from autoimmune disease, including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus ,thyroid disease , addison's disease, pernicious anemia , celiac disease , multiple sclerosis , myasthenia gravis and guillain-barré syndrome .

An autoimmune disease occurs when the body's immune system attacks healthy tissue. Due to the complexity of treating autoimmune disorders, integrative medicine solutions like acupuncture and Oriental medicine have received much attention as successful therapies in their treatment. Acupuncture is specifically noted for its use in pain relief, regulating the immune system, managing symptoms and improving quality of life.

Clinical research has shown that acupuncture causes physical responses in nerve cells, the pituitary gland and parts of the brain. These responses can cause the body to release proteins, hormones and brain chemicals that control a number of body functions. It is proposed that, by these actions, acupuncture affects blood pressure, body temperature and the immune system.

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine for Cholesterol Management

What is cholesterol and how is it bad? Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance found in your body and many foods. Your body needs cholesterol to function normally and makes all that you need. Too much cholesterol can sometimes build up in your arteries. After a while, these deposits narrow your arteries, putting you at risk for heart disease and stroke.

Since you can have high cholesterol without realizing it, it's important to have your blood cholesterol levels checked. Most of the 65 million Americans with high cholesterol have no symptoms. All adults age 20 and older should have their cholesterol levels checked at least once every five years, or more frequently if cholesterol levels are elevated.

High cholesterol can also develop in early childhood and adolescence, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and the risk increases as weight increases. In the United States alone, more than twenty percent of youth aged 12-19 years have at least one abnormal lipid level. Children over the age of two should have their cholesterol checked if they are overweight or obese, have a family history of high cholesterol or heart disease, have diabetes, high blood pressure, or certain chronic conditions such as kidney disease, inflammatory diseases, congenital heart disease, and childhood cancer.

According to the American Heart Association, exercise and a healthy, balanced diet low in cholesterol and saturated fats are important to lowering risk and improving your cardiovascular health. Speak to your health care providers to make sure your cholesterol is being monitored and find out how acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help you stay healthy.

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can be used to treat many of the health conditions known to drastically increase the risk of heart disease and high cholesterol including smoking, high blood pressure, excess weight, and diabetes.

Acupuncture for Athletes

I wanted to discuss to athletes that there are the many ways that Oriental medicine is used to help prevent and heal injuries and enhance athletic performance.

All athletes and coaches are involved in an ongoing search for ways to improve performance and gain a competitive edge over their rivals. Many are finding that acupuncture can often provide that edge.

By following the principles of traditional Oriental medicine, an acupuncture treatment can strengthen body function and restore internal harmony and balance. Professional sports teams and top athletes often have an acupuncturist on staff to treat injuries and keep them performing at their peak.

One study published in the American Journal of Acupuncture measured the effects of acupuncture on anaerobic threshold and work capacity in healthy young males during exercise. Researchers found that individuals in the acupuncture treatment group had higher maximal exercise capacity and were able to perform higher workloads at the onset of blood lactate accumulation (OBLA) than individuals in the placebo group. The individuals that received acupuncture also had lower heart rates

Alleviate Your Stress with Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

As a normal part of life, stress enables us to get things done. If left unmanaged, stress can lead to emotional, psychological, and even physical problems. Stress causes a disruption in the flow of vital energy, or Qi, through the body. These energetic imbalances can throw off the immune system or cause symptoms of pain, sleep disturbances, abnormal digestion, headaches, menstrual irregularities, aggravation of already troublesome health conditions and, over time, more serious illnesses can develop.

Stressful situations that last over a long period of time can create an ongoing low-level stress that puts continual pressure on the nervous system, increasing activity, and can cause the overproduction of hormones. The extra stress hormones over an extended period of time may wear out the body's reserves, lead to fatigue, depression, a weakened immune system, and a host of serious physical and psychological ailments.

Stress is often the cause of illness and the deterioration of health. Finding a release valve for your stress can help you stay healthy. According to Oriental medicine, stress, frustration, and unresolved anger can play an important part in throwing the immune system off and allowing pathogens to affect the body. Through acupuncture, these energy blockages can be addressed. Acupuncture points can help energy flow smoothly, and alleviate not only the symptoms of stress and anxiety, but the stress and anxiety itself.

Relief for Allergy Sufferers

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine have been used to treat allergies for centuries, and studies have confirmed that they can be helpful for allergic conditions including allergic rhinitis, asthma, eczema, hives and food allergies. Sufferers of seasonal allergies also find relief using acupuncture and traditional medicine.

Seasonal acupuncture treatments just four times a year also serve to tonify the inner organ systems and can correct minor annoyances before they become serious problems. If you experience seasonal allergies, now is the time to schedule an appointment.

Alleviate Arthritis Pain

In a German study, 3,500 people with osteoarthritis of the hip and/or knee received 15 sessions of acupuncture combined with their usual medical care. The results showed that the patients that received acupuncture had less pain and stiffness, improved joint function and better quality of life than their counterparts who had routine care alone. The improvements occurred immediately after completing a three-month course of acupuncture and lasted for at least another three months, indicating osteoarthritis is among conditions effectively treated with acupuncture.

Headaches Dramatically Reduced by Acupuncture

In a case study, published in the June 2003 Issue of Medical Acupuncture, doctors found that acupuncture resulted in the resolution or reduction in the frequency and severity of cluster headaches, and a decrease or discontinuation of pain medications. It was concluded that acupuncture can be used to provide sustained relief from cluster headaches and to stimulate the body's natural production of adrenal cortisol to aid in discontinuing corticosteroids.

According to the July 2005 issue of the British Medical Journal, a randomized controlled trial in Germany found that acupuncture cut tension headache rates almost in half. Over the project's eight-week period, one group received traditional acupuncture, one received only minimal acupuncture, and the third group received neither treatment.

Participants in the group receiving traditional acupuncture reported headache rates of nearly half that of those who received no treatments, suffering 7 fewer days of headaches. The minimal acupuncture group suffered 6.6 fewer days, and the non-acupuncture group suffered 1.5 fewer days. The improvements continued for months after the treatments were concluded, rising slightly as time went on.

Revitalize Your Reproductive System

Statistics show that one in five couples over the age of 30 have difficulty conceiving after one year of trying. Many of these couples turn to acupuncture and Oriental medicine for a safe, effective and natural solution to having a baby.

Oriental medicine has a long history when it comes to enhancing reproductive health and fertility for both men and women. In fact, evidence that acupuncture and herbal medicine have been used to aid fertility can be found in early medical literature dating back to 3 AD.

Successful conception is more likely when both partners are healthy. With acupuncture and Oriental medicine, parents can improve their health to create the most optimal environment for conception. According to the principles of Oriental medicine, a person's health is determined by the quality of Qi, the vital life energy, and blood circulating through the body. When Qi and blood are circulating properly, the body is properly nourished and functioning optimally which, in turn, enhances fertility.

In addition to their ability to strengthen, support, and balance overall health and well-being, acupuncture and Oriental medicine are effective in treating issues that affect reproductive health and fertility including:

  • regulating the menstrual cycle
  • addressing pre-existing medical conditions or concerns
  • improving sperm count and motility
  • reducing stress and anxiety associated with infertility
  • normalizing hormone and endocrine systems
  • improving blood flow in the uterus
  • decreasing the chance of miscarriage
  • increasing the chance of pregnancy for women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF)

Fertility treatment approaches and time-frames can vary from person to person, but are usually scheduled for at least three consecutive cycles (twelve weeks). Treatments can include acupuncture, customized herbal therapy, stress reduction and dietary counselling..

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