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Acupuncture

Using Acupuncture To Heal You

Acupuncture is a holistic health technique that stems from Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Trained practitioners stimulate specific points on the body by inserting thin needles into the skin.

Today acupuncture is one of the most popular practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in the West. TCM first originated in ancient China more than 2,500 years ago.  It has been evolving ever since.

To treat a wide variety of diseases, pain and stress-related symptoms, practitioners of TCM use:

  • Acupuncture
  • Herbal medicines
  • Tai chi
  • Qigong
  • Massage therapy
  • And various “mind and body practices

The use of acupuncture and other TCM techniques has risen steadily in the U.S and other Western countries over the past several decades. According to a large survey done on complementary health approaches by the National Institute of Health in 2007, in the U.S. alone at least 3.1 million people had tried acupuncture in 2007. The survey showed that the number of visits to acupuncturists tripled between 1997 and 2007.

Does acupuncture hurt? Acupuncture Treatment

Surprisingly, although needles are used in acupuncture, treatments are relatively pain-free. Surprisingly, one of the most popular uses of acupuncture is to reduce chronic pain throughout the body, without the need for medications that can cause unwanted side effects.

Most of the studies investigating acupuncture to date have examined whether acupuncture can safely reduce pain. However, it’s expected that in the next several years, researchers will continue to study whether or not it might help with other conditions, too, including anxiety, depression, inflammation, hot flashes, side effects of chemotherapy and insomnia.

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Cupping Therapy vs. Acupuncture: How Are They Similar and Different?

Cupping and acupuncture are similar because they both promote optimal “Qi” by drawing energy and blood flow to areas of the body that are experiencing inflammation, prone to low lymphatic circulation or experiencing poor blood flow. Sometimes both practices are done together by placing an acupuncture needle into the patient’s skin and then covering the needle with a cup. In terms of their history and benefits, according to Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) cupping and acupuncture both help dispel stagnation, which can lead to disease. Cupping and acupuncture follow the body’s lines of “meridians” along the back, promoting relaxation and breaking up tension while boosting energy flow (known as Qi, the “life force”). In other words, they’re useful for blood and lymph flow, which is how they might help reduce...

Acupuncture Can Help Cancer

Complementary and Alternative Medicine: What’s the Difference?

Acupuncture works nicely as an adjunct to your traditional treatment plan. For example, many patients undergoing chemotherapy also use acupuncture as a way to lessen the side effects associated with chemotherapy. Acupuncture has also been used as a complementary therapy in the treatment of allergies, asthma, sinusitis and infertility, and is used in conjunction with physical therapy for rehabilitation from serious injury....