Acupuncture: The Alternative Medicine From The Orient
For Mrs. Cooper, her busy life in sunny California has become a tug-of-war of aches and pains. A mother of three and at the same time managing a home business, she found it very challenging to keep a home and manage a business at the same time while suffering from lower back pains and migraine headaches. She tried using the traditional medicines prescribed by her doctor but it seems that these only provided temporary relief or made her feel bad. One day, her cousin recommended that she try other alternative medicines for her ailments.
At first, Mrs. Cooper was skeptical since she knew her cousin was into new age stuff like meditation, yoga, organics, and herbal medicines. She felt she was entering into new, unfamiliar territory. But upon her cousin’s insistence, she tried this ancient Chinese practice called acupuncture in Carlsbad.
Acupuncture is a procedure that treats illness through the insertion of thin needles at specific points in the body along with herbal medicine and other modalities. This process is said to alter the body’s energy flow into healthier patterns and used to treat a variety of illnesses and heath conditions.
Evidence for Acupuncture is Growing Exponentially
Research into acupuncture as a medical treatment has grown exponentially in the past 20 years, increasing at twice the rate of research into conventional biomedicine. Over this period, there have been over 13,000 studies conducted in 60 countries, including hundreds of meta-analyses summarizing the results of thousands of human and animal studies.1 A wide-variety of clinical areas have been studied, including pain, headache, cancer, pregnancy, stroke, mood disorders, sleep disorders and inflammation, to name a few. The Acupuncture Evidence Project found some of effect for 117 conditions.2
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Just make sure you’re getting this treatment from a well-trained acupuncturist and that the acupuncture needles are sterile and disposable. Undergoing this kind of treatment is like receiving an injection. You only feel pain from injections if it is larger diameter and it is a hollow needle. While acupuncture needles are very fine and about the diameter of human hair. When properly inserted by a skilled practitioner, you rarely feel pain. However, you may experience a sense of electricity in the area of insertion. This kind of treatment for most patients find it relaxing and more often they fall asleep during treatment.
The Basic Philosophy of Chinese Medicine
Alternative Chinese medicine like acupuncture views the body as tiny part of the universe, and subject to universal laws of harmony and balance. The Chinese believe that emotions and mental states play a role in causing diseases. Illnesses are also affected by other factors like the environment, lifestyle, and relationships. Acupuncture is based on the Taoist philosophy of yin and yang and the chi. The chi, or cosmic energy, is an invisible force found in the air, water, food and sunlight. In the body, it is a vital force that creates and animates life.
What to Expect When Visiting an Acupuncturist
Like a Western medical practitioner, the first thing an acupuncturist will do is to get the patient’s medical history and symptoms. This will be followed by a physical examination. He or she will be looking closely at the patient’s tongue, pulse, complexion, general behavior, and other signs like coughs or pains. From this, the acupuncturist will be able to determine patterns of symptoms indicating which organs are imbalanced. Acupuncture needles are always sterilized and it is a safe procedure.
At Aviara Acupuncture in Carlsbad, California, we treat all kinds of ailments. Many patients find their way to acupuncture in Carlsbad after not finding relief for their condition from the medicines they are taking or the procedures or physical therapy they may have had. Once our patients have¬ success, many make acupuncture their first treatment option for issues that arise in the future.