ACupuncture is a complete system of health, which integrates the mental and physical aspect of the body. Acupuncture has grown in popularity in the United States in recent years, as it has gained worldwide recognition outside of China. It has been recognized as a system of medicine in many countries, including France, England and the United States. Although it is known to treat musculoskeletal conditions, the theories behind its mechanism of action can be applied to treat a wide variety of different conditions.
There are different aspects of the human body. One aspect is the dominant view which perceives the body as different systems. Chinese medicine theories offer a broad aspect, which integrates these systems into a whole being. The mind is directly linked to the body. Each body system has its functions and is interdependent with other aspects of the body to create balance and harmony, which leads to health rather than disease. Acupuncture has been practiced in China for over 2,000 years. The view of the body mentioned above has been applied to the creation of many theories tested over centuries of experience by various practitioners. This experience has been preserved in textbooks, which is now taught and practiced in acupuncture schools around the world.
The meridian theory
The effectiveness of acupuncture is undeniable. In my own personal experience, inserting needles into specific points creates immediate change. This can be observed in the treatment room through the sensation of the pulse, which is part of the diagnosis, and through the patient’s experience, which reports improvements in their symptoms following treatments. The discovery of meridians on the human body led to the creation of acupuncture. It has been discovered that inserting these needles at specific points creates a change, which improves symptoms over time. These meridians flow and come together at specific points throughout the body. Each of these points has certain functions, which relate to certain organs, symptoms and diseases. These channels may relate to nerve pathways and the lymphatic system or the flow of energy known as Qi in Chinese medicine. This theory developed into a complete physiology, which is now studied in acupuncture schools and applied in clinics.
Chinese Medicine Modalities
There are four main components of Traditional Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Nutritional Therapy, and Qigong. Acupuncture offers a drug-free approach to improving a patient’s overall health. It creates a balance in the discord that leads to disease. Together with lifestyle changes, such as getting enough sleep, dietary changes, and treatment, an acupuncturist restores balance to the system. Acupuncture can be used to treat digestive disorders, nervous system diseases such as epilepsy, migraines and headaches, gynecological conditions, infertility, insomnia, arthritis, urinary problems , schizophrenia, gout, tennis elbow, neck and back pain, hypertension, facial pain, allergic rhinitis, morning sickness during pregnancy, prostatitis, ulcerative colitis, Bell’s palsy, sexual dysfunction, pain cancer, adverse reactions to chemotherapy and radiotherapy. A list of conditions and their proofs can be found in the following source: https://bit.ly/2XSDEbS.