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What is Acupuncture and how does it work?

The word “acupuncture” is derived from Latin roots. The Latin word “acus” means a needle and Image 1acupuncture means “to puncture with a needle”. Individually wrapped and sterilized fine needles are inserted into various, carefully chosen acupoints along the meridian lines in order to disperse any blockages and bring the Qi into a better balance. The idea is that the more this balance is achieved and maintained, the healthier you become.
The craft of acupuncture covers many components. These include how to interact with people, how to correctly make a Chinese medical diagnosis (which involves looking at the tongue and taking 3 pulsepulse-taking-s on the thumb side of each wrist).

A Chinese medical diagnosis uses a completely different paradigm from that of a Western diagnosis. TCM recognizes that all problems or symptoms have an underlying cause. The aim is to find and treat the root cause of the problem in order to alleviate the presenting condition. If you only deal with the signs and symptoms, you will only produce a temporary alleviation that won’t last. Thus the tonguequestion with acupuncture is not whether it can provide relief from the symptoms but whether acupuncture can help the person!
Although an acupuncturist’s diagnosis and treatment is different from that used by Western medicine, that doesn’t mean that acupuncture cannot have a beneficial effect on many traditionally “named” illnesses. Indeed, current research into acupuncture by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2001 has listed 28 conditions that acupuncture has been proved to treat effectively. These conditions include: adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy, bilary colic, depression, period pains, acute epigastric pain, facial pain, headaches, hypertension, induction of labour, knee pain, low back pain, morning sickness, nausea and vomiting, neck pain, pain in dentistry, post-operative pain, rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica, sprains, stroke, tennis elbow and pain in general.

That’s a HUGE amount of problems that The World Health Organization recognises Acupuncture CAN DEFINITELY help with!

That same report also mentioned 63 conditions where acupuncture was shown to be effective but further proof (or clinical trials) were needed.
This list included
abdominal pain,
alcohol dependence,
bronchial asthma,
cancer pain,
earache,
eye pain,
female infertility,
fibro-myalgia,
gallstones,
arthritis,
shingles,
insomnia,
labour pain,
lactation deficiency,
male sexual dysfunction,
Menier’s disease,
nosebleeds,
obesity,
addictions,
PMS,
sore throat,
spine pain,
stiff neck,
Tourette’s syndrome and whooping cough.

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