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Facts About Acupuncture


There are certain points on the body which if punctured relieves pain or produces beneficial effects for certain disorders. Through the passage of time, many such points were discovered and it was found that by stimulating widely separated points, it was possible to influence the function of a specific internal organ. These points were then systematically arranged on the basis of the related organ over which they had an influence. The series of points which had an effect on a particular organ were connected to form a channel. This is the basis of acupuncture theory.

Chi or the energy of life literally means breath as well as energy and is the exact equivalent to the term Prana in Indian Yoga. Chi is the bionic energy that fuels living organisms like electricity to a computer.

Needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord and brain. Some of hese substances are 50 to 100 times more potent for pain relief than many prescription drugs. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body's natural healing abilities, and promoting physical and emotional well-being.

Studies also demonstrate direct effects of acupuncture on the central nervous system. These include spinal reflex effects, where acupuncture stimulates muscle relaxation and changes in visceral organs. In the brain, acupuncture has been shown to change functional connectivity, decreasing activity in limbic structures associated with stress and illness while improving the regulation of the hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenal axis, the primary system that the body uses for regulating hormones and the physiological stress response.   Additionally, acupuncture modulates parasympathetic activity, the branch of the nervous system associated with rest, relaxation, digestion and tissue healing.

Acupuncture and pain 

Stimulates the release of endorphins, bodys natural pain killer which are very potent, and are produced naturally by the body and have no side effects.

The various pains, aches and stiffness that arise out of inflamed joints or muscle tissue of rheumatoid arthritis or the progressive degeneration of cartilage is responsible for the stiffness and eventual immobility of osteoarthritis. Chronic back pain is the other most frequent compaint. Pain erodes the quality of life and life becomes frustrating and depressing not just for the person in pain but the entire family.

Chinese Medicine is a powerful and complete system of medicine that has diagnosed, treated and prevented illness for 2000 years. There is a full range of effective treatments for both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. It is possible to take away chronic knee, elbow, back pain, neck pain, cervica! sondylitis, frozen shoulder, heel pain, sciatica, that has plagued a patient for months or years.

People with chronic painful conditions often seek medical treatment. All the doctor needs to do is to find out why they are in pain and then make it go away by giving them some magic pill or injection. Unfortunately things are rarely that simple, the diagnostic tests such as X-Rays, MRI scans frequently don't show very much in spite of the pain. Surgery is often unsuccessful and can leave the patient  with worse pain and disability. Conventional treatment relies on painkiller and anti-inflammatory drugs. Acupuncture is beneficial in cases where pain killers and anti-inflammatory medications have been ineffective or have demonstrated side effects. The harm that these drugs do to patient's general health often outweighs their temporary advantage. 

Acupuncture and arthritis: In arthritis, previously tender muscles relax following a successful treatment; much of the immobiligy, pain and sometimes the swelling over the joints disappear; at the same time, the patient feels a great deal better. In osteoarthritis, where the adjacent bony surfaces are worn away over time, the needles are not going to alter the X-ray changes. However, it is remarkable how well a patient can function in spite of these changes if he is free form pain and stiffness.

Backache: Acupuncture increases circulation in the problem area and promotes tissues regeneration and can work wonders in almost any king of back pain, by relieving, muscle spasms and pain promptly. Slipped or degenerative discs cause severe pain in neck or lumber area and acupuncture can have marke improvement in a short period of time. That is one of the Chinese medicine's strongest strengths - significant reduction of pain without the prolonged use of drugs. 


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Studies on acupuncture also have shown positive results in the areas of chronic pain and in the management of drug addiction two areas where conventional western medicine is very limited.

Acupuncture is very compatible with other forms of helath care. It enhances the effect of other therapies, and reduces unwanted side effects from various drugs. the financial benefits of keeping patients healthy with low cost, makes more sense than paying the high cost of intervention with drugs, surgery and other invasive, expensive tests and therapies.

Acupuncture in anxiety, stress and depression. Produces a claming or tranquilizing action that is of particular interest to people in states of stress. Can relieve feelings of anziety and depression, which may be serious handicaps for people trying to cope with difficult domestic, social and work problems. Give a feeling of well-being and self-confidence. An effective & alternative substitute for sleeping pill, tranqulizers, and antidepressant drugs & to treat side effects and defendence.

Acupuncture in detoxification and de addiction balances the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervouse systems allowing the body-mind to come into a state of equilibrium. Improves mental clarity and the ability to focus Provides the patient with sense of calmness and serenity. Alleviates withdrawal symptoms so that mental and physical stability are achieved as soon as possible.

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