Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles through the skin at specific points on the body. There is no injection of any substance and the treatment itself causes minimal discomfort. Acupuncture is safe and effective and is often successfully used as an adjunct to conventional medical care or on its own.
Acupuncture has its roots deeply planted in China, as a science, it is believed to be between 5,000 and 7,000 years old. It’s use spread throughout ancient Egypt, the Middle East, the Roman Empire, and later into Western Europe as merchants and missionaries to China told of amazing discoveries the people of the Orient had developed. Although proven successful for hundreds of years without the benefit of modern scientific knowledge, it is only in recent years that the scientific and medical communities of Europe and North America have begun to study acupuncture to understand and explain its effectiveness. Acupuncture did not become known on a national level in North America until the 1970s when diplomatic relations between China and America were relaxed.
What is Classical Acupuncture?
"Classical" acupuncture is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a medical system with more than 2,000 years of documented existence, which includes the use of herbal remedies, dietary therapy, massage, relaxation and special exercises as therapeutic interventions. It involves the placement of fine, solid needles at specific points in the body. Heat application or electrical stimulation is often added to the treatment.
What is Medical Acupuncture?
Medical acupuncture in contrast to classical acupuncture is a methodology of using the same acupuncture needles, and is performed by health-care professionals with training in biomedical sciences (e.g., physicians, chiropractors, physiotherapists), who combine this treatment with other therapeutic approaches, as needed.
Medical Acupuncture respects a contemporary understanding of neuromuscular anatomy and pain physiology while embracing the classical Chinese perception of a subtle circulation network of energy called qi (pronounced "chi"). When using this model, acupuncture needles are connected to electricity to further enhance the therapeutic benefits of acupuncture. Acupuncture is used to:
Encourage the body to promote natural healing
Restore proper function of affected areas of the body
Reduce or relieve pain
What can Acupuncture help with?
Acupuncture can be effective as the only treatment, or as an adjunct to other therapeutic interventions. The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of:
Neurological and muscular disorders: headaches, neck and back pain, sports injuries, sciatica, osteoarthritis, neuritis and facial pain;
Digestive disorders: irritable bowel, constipation, diarrhea and gastritis;
Menstrual and reproductive problems: dismenorrhea, and perimenopausal symptoms;
Urinary tract disorders: prostatitis and bladder dysfunction
Respiratory problems: sinusitis, asthma, sore throat and recurrent respiratory tract infections
Stress and psycho-emotional problems.
NOTE: In treating any illness or affliction, a correct diagnosis is important before any decisions are made regarding therapy. Once the diagnosis is established, a qualified practitioner can advise whether acupuncture is appropriate.
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