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An Alternative to Prescription Drugs Acupuncture


									An Alternative to Prescription Drugs: Acupuncture

There are thousands of individuals who are inflicted with physical and
mental ailments and many people are diagnosed with these problems every
year. What is troubling, though, is the fact that many times these
patients are simply given prescription medications to treat the symptoms
that they have as though prescription drugs are the miracle workers of
society prancing around giving help to anyone who needs it. However, one
method that many people don't give weight to is acupuncture. There are
many reasons that even the mention of the alternative therapy of
acupuncture may make heads turn, but it seems as though Western society
is becoming too dependent as a whole on prescription medications.
Everything from Zoloft to Xanax is given to patients in order to treat
everything from Major Depression to common viral infections.

However, there needs to be more studies done about the effectiveness of
the therapy of acupuncture and how it would eventually be able to help,
if not replace, prescription drugs altogether. Just about 10 years ago,
though, in 1998, the University of Arizona completed a double-blind study
about the effectiveness of acupuncture.

In this study, patients who were suffering from Depression were treated
with acupuncture while the other group was subjected to bouts of
psychotherapy and prescription medication. In the end of the study by the
university, they found that the patients who were inflicted with
Depression had most of their symptoms relieved by the therapy of
acupuncture. There have been other private studies done since then,
however, none large enough that really attracted any authorities in the
medical field. But still, the fact that the research at the University of
Arizona pointed in the favor of acupuncture, it begs the question of why
nothing has been done about it.

Since it has been shown that acupuncture can successfully treat
Depression symptoms then there must definitely be more fund money and
research that sheds light on the fact and reaches the conclusion that
America and Western society must incorporate the therapy of acupuncture
more wholly into the treatment of different ailments.

One of the problems with replacing prescription drugs with acupuncture,
though, is the fact that prescription drugs are scientifically based.
Whereas the effects of prescription drugs can clearly be seen by
monitoring the pictures in patient's brain, acupuncture can not be
readily studied, therefore, the physiological affects of such a therapy
is not readily embraced. But why does Western society and America in
general have a fear of the unknown? Perhaps the reason lies that many
people consider their wealth to lie in the information and knowledge that
they know.

All in all, though, acupuncture has already been proven to be effective
by the thousands of people living in America and Western society who care
to learn more about the therapy. It is now time to infiltrate the medical
field and bombard all the researchers and physicians with accurate
pictures of just how it works, and how it can be an effective way to get
rid of the need for prescription drugs!

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