Medical acupuncture is a system which can influence three areas of health care:
* promotion of health and well-being,
* prevention of illness,
* treatment of various medical conditions.
While acupuncture is often associated with pain control, it has much broader applications. Acupuncture can be effective as the only treatment used, or as the adjunct or support to other medical treatment forms in many medical and surgical disorders.
The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems, including:
a) Digestive disorders: gastritis & hyperacidity, spastic colon, constipation, diarrhea.
b) Respiratory disorders: sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, recurrent
c) Neurological and muscular disorders: headaches, facial tics, neck pain, rib
neuritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, various forms of tendonitis, low back
pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis.
d) Urinary, Menstrual, and reproductive problems.
Acupuncture is also particularly useful in resolving physical problems related to tension and stress and emotional conditions.
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Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and improved function. This is done by inserting very fine filiform (solid) needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise locations on the body.
Long ago, physicians in the East discovered neurovascular pathways organized in longitudinal regions that regulate the normal physiological functions of the body. The arteries and veins work together like rivers flowing through the body to nourish and irrigate the tissues while the nerves provide important feedback and control to regulate and identify areas along the distribution that need special concern (pain, numbness, etc.). Occasionally, organ dysfunction will utilize these body region distributions to notify us when there is an emergency (Heart attack, stroke, etc.) Acupuncture utilizes these associated distributions to help both local and distant areas of the body from the cite of the dysfunction and dis-ease. Acupuncture treatment can therefore remove pain in its myriads of forms as well as help the internal organs of the body correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, metabolism (energy production activities), and blood circulation of the body.
HOW ACUPUNCTURE WORKS SCIENTIFICALLY
The modern scientific explanation is that needling acupuncture points creates a tissue reaction that in turn stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. The improved efficiency in energy production and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s own natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.
Acupuncture (needling therapy) brings about restorative processes involving superficial tissue reactions, afferent nocioceptive and proprioceptive sensory systems, efferent feedback nervous system, the vascular system, somatovisceral relationships, ANS (either sympathetic or parasympathetic) influence, and CNS pathway and brain stimulation. Acupuncture is unique in that it utilizes the bodies own defensive and immune systems for its effects.
Acupuncture is a very controlled process whereby neurochemical and hormonal messengers are also stimulated to achieve homeostasis in the body by repairing tissue and providing analgesia.