Monday, October 6, 2008

Consider Acupuncture

I was pleasantly surprised when I received this article from a young Korean fellow who seems to often read Natural Health News.

I hope it helps readers and please share the information, as I encourage you to so with all articles on this BLOG.

My thanks to Albertus for the article.
The Benefits of Ancient Chinese Health Remedies
With increasing concern over the use of pharmaceuticals, more people are turning to alternative therapy such as the ancient Chinese practice of compunction to find relief from certain health problems. Acupuncture has become so popular, in fact, that many insurance companies provide coverage for treatments.

Acupuncture is known to have been used by ancient cultures thousands of years ago, and the practice was first described in a medical text known as the Classic of Internal Medicine, published somewhere between 305 and 204 BC.

The Chinese have already impressed the world with health remedies such as the popular green tea and the somewhat-obscure red yeast rice, and the acupuncture is in no position to be overlooked. The theory behind Chinese medicine, and acupuncture itself, is based on holistic principles which involve treating the whole person, rather than a single organ or condition. Ancient Chinese medical theory states that diseases are caused when four factors—called Yin, Yang, Qi, and Blood—become imbalanced. Traditional Chinese medicine involves redressing the balance to improve health.

Acupuncture involves the use of fine needles along the body's pressure points to improve the balance and flow of these four factors. There are approximately four hundred defined pressure points on the human body, and treating any given condition involves stimulating a specific set of pressure points.

A wide variety of conditions can be treated using acupuncture, including the following:

  • Neck, shoulder, back, or hip pain

  • Headaches and migraines

  • Arthritis and arthritic pain

  • Sports injuries

  • Anxiety, depression, insomnia, and stress disorders

  • Weight problems, and smoking addiction

  • Menstrual problems and menopause

In particular, acupuncture is a safe, natural way of relieving symptoms of pain, anxiety, and stress. It can provide physical and physiological benefits for people who have not been able to obtain relief from symptoms using medication, and it does so without the use of any type of medication. Just as important, when carried out by a skilled acupuncturist there are no harmful side effects of this treatment.

The way in which acupuncture works isn't yet known, but there's no doubt that it does work, and provide considerable benefit, for many people.

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