The WHO (World Health Organization)
has found that acupuncture can treat: Low
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
has found acupuncture to be effective for:
Low Back Pain
Various Musculo-Skeletal Pains
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How Does Acupuncture Work?
The basis of this healing system works on the principle that all
beings have within them a life or energetic force called qi (pronounced
chee). When qi flows evenly along pathways (called meridians or
channels) throughout the body, good health is the result, but
when factors such as lifestyle, diet or change in weather cause
an imbalance, qi becomes blocked, stagnant or imbalanced, and
To strengthen the flow of qi or remove
blockages in the meridians, an acupuncturist inserts a number
of tiny, sterile, flexible points at specific areas (called acupoints)
along the channels. There are thousands of acupoints along the
meridians, which are each associated with different specific internal
organs or organ systems. TCM proponents believe that acupuncture
stimulates the body's internal regulatory system and nurtures
a natural healing response.
Although Western science has not yet proven
the notion of qi, a large body of evidence is accumulating indicating
that acupuncture leads to real physiologic changes in the body.
Numerous studies have shown, for example, that Acupuncture stimulates
nerves in the underlying muscles. Researchers feel that this stimulation
sends impulses up the spinal cord to a relatively primitive
part of the brain known as the limbic system, as well as
to the midbrain and the pituitary gland.
The signaling seems to lead to the release
of endorphins and monoamines, chemicals known as natural pain-killers
that block pain signals in the spinal chord and brain, and allows
the body to self-heal its internal organs.
In one study, researchers using brain
scans discovered that acupuncture can alter blood circulation
within the brain, increasing the blood flow to the thalamus, the
area of the brain that relays pain and other sensory messages.
Hundreds of studies are now ongoing in the U.S. and elsewhere
seeking to prove the usefulness of acupuncture for various ailments.
Still Not Sure about what Acupuncture
Some people may have an initial uncertainty about this 5,000 year
old treatment that has been proven effective over and over again.
Additionally, if one has not had personal contact with a friend
or relative who has benefitted from this type of preventative,
and less invasive treatment than treatment of symptoms with drugs
which always cause some type of side effect(s), there may be fears
such as "will it hurt a lot".
The answer to this is that you have several
options. One is to utilize Auricular Therapy, which has been used
with extreme effectiveness.
An example of the effectiveness of Auricular
A member of the Adolph Coors family (Golden, Colorado)
after all other treatments failed, was cured of a nicotine addiction
in the 1990's through auricular therapy, precipitating the treatment
provider with a $250,000.00 grant.
Auricular therapy, while similar to Acupuncture
in its treatment of specific "points" on the body, specifically
the ears, is known as "no needle" acupuncture, where
only a slight pressure from the hand is used to stimulate the
points on the ear.
Acupuncture the points that are used for treatment are only 3
times the width of a human hair, and as flexible as a chaff of
wheat. there is no pain whatsoever, only relief.
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