Acupuncture; Facts to Know

Acupuncture; Facts to Know

* Medical acupuncture refers to acupuncture performed by a physician trained and licensed in Western medicine

* The theory behind acupuncture in traditional oriental medicine involves, in part, the flow of energy in the body. Various points on the body (acupuncture points) connect pathways, or meridians; traditional practitioners believe these meridians conduct energy, or Qi, between the surface of the body and internal organs. Blocking this energy results in symptoms or disease; acupuncture is said to unblock the meridians, allowing the energy to flow properly.

* Studies show that acupuncture can relieve physical problems associated with tension, stress and other emotional conditions (such as depression).

* You don’t have to believe in acupuncture for it to work.

* Pregnant women may have acupuncture treatments, but they should always advise the acupuncturist of their condition. Stimulating certain acupuncture points, particularly those on or near the abdomen, could induce premature labor and possibly miscarriage.

* About five million people in the U.S. undergo acupuncture each year.

* While studies have documented acupuncture’s efficacy, none have fully explained how it works in the context of Western medicine.

* The World Health Organization has identified more than 40 conditions for which acupuncture can be used.

* In general, you should avoid treatment when you are very hungry, full from a heavy meal or upset. Treatment can be adjusted according to a patient’s condition and symptoms. A very tired patient, for example, can be treated with acupuncture with good results.

* Speak up during treatment. Let the acupuncturist know if you are nervous, uncomfortable, dizzy, nauseated or are suffering any other ill effects. He or she can readjust the needles or even withdraw them, if that’s what you need.

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Editorial Staff of the National Women’s Health Resource Center 2002/07/07 2005/03/16 Traditional Oriental Medicine dates back before written records, but metal acupuncture needles have been in use at least since 800 B.C. This makes acupuncture one of the oldest forms of traditional medicine. Acupuncture is the medically therapeutic insertion of thin, solid (generally metallic) needles in specific points generally along pathways, called meridians. Acupuncture,Electroacupuncture,energy,Holistic,Meridians,Moxibustion,Qi,Traditional Chinese medicine

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