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Acupuncture Ancient Chinese Healing Method for Stress and Disease

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Acupuncture: Ancient Chinese Healing Method for Stress and Disease

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The article is about acupuncture, an ancient Chinese healing method that
has been in practice for centuries and actually predates Western
medicine. The article also discusses the similarities between acupuncture
theory and practice to the conventions of modern medical practices.


Keywords:
nausea, sinusitis, migraine headaches, lower back pain, knee pain,
chronic pain, stress relief, anxiety disorder, acupuncture, mental health


Article Body:
Acupuncture, as an alternative medical practice, is now making headway in
the Western world. It is now accepted as a drug-free treatment and method
of stress relief. Practiced in China for more than 2,000 years,
acupuncture is a therapeutic system that makes use of sterilized needles
for the purpose of restoring the body’s equilibrium. The needles are
inserted on specific vital points that correspond to a specific internal
organ. The light insertion of the needle into a vital point is supposed
to free the flow of internal energy or “chi.”   According to Chinese
medical theory, any blockage in the flow of chi in the body’s “energy
streams” or meridians can an imbalance in the body --- resulting to an
illness. The natural flow of chi ensures a person's general state of
health. The focus of acupuncture is on restoring harmony in the flow of
the chi throughout the body and, in the process, balancing the
metaphysical concepts of yin and yang.

Acupuncture is used to treat a wide range of ailments such as nausea,
sinusitis, migraine headaches, lower back pain, knee pain, and chronic
pain. Ancient Chinese texts also claim that the acupuncture can be used
to treat minor mental and emotional problem such as anxiety disorder.
For this reason, some even compare the Traditional Chinese Medicine
method of acupuncture to the Western medical discipline of psychology.
Both are seen as similar disciplines or therapy methods that have a
positive effect on the mental health of patients.

The true benefits of acupuncture are found in its efficacy as a non-
invasive, drug-free means of alleviating a number of physical ailments.
It is also used in conjunction with traditional Chinese herbal cures that
are perceived to be as effective as modern pills and medication.
Acupuncture is concerned not only with providing cure to specific
ailments. It is also used to determine the causes of physical discomforts
and illnesses. Acupuncture practitioners make use of body charts that
show the meridians or channels where internal energy flows to different
parts of the body. These meridians correspond to the Western medicine
layout of the central nervous system and circulatory system.
Studies are still being made by Western doctors and other scientists to
determine the efficacy of this Eastern alternative form of healing. Even
if acupuncture already accepted in different parts of the world as an
alternative healing method, some quarters are still skeptical about its
long-term effects.

While there are still no research findings that make the curative claims
about acupuncture absolutely undisputable, it is interesting to note the
depth of understanding that the Chinese had about the inner workings of
the human body thousands of years before the formal organization and
practice of Western medicine. Perhaps, one day, scientists will finally
prove that the differences between Eastern and Western medicine is found
mostly in culture and terminology; and that both systems are actually
alike in terms of philosophy and theory in the use of the needle as a
tool for healing.

				
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