we do a newsletter on Acupuncture many clients ask "is
Long before HMO’s, family practice
and medical malpractice insurance ever entered the stage,
acupuncture was already an ancient art. It’s been
around for millennia, but unlike passing medical “fads”,
acupuncture is here to stay.
Now Acupuncture is taught and practiced all over the world in many countries and each country uses their own individual style and technique. Germany has its own style and technique as does Japan, Korea, Australia, France, Russia and Italy. Besides these countries already mentioned, there are still many others that use their own acupuncture techniques. But it should be said that most of these different and varied styles of acupuncture were derived from the Traditional Chinese Medicine health care system and then modified to some degree.
A Simple, Easy-to-Understand
Explanation of Acupuncture
One particular request I hear more often than anything else is for help in explaining what acupuncture is and how it works. As one reader put it, "[I find] myself sometimes tongue tied when I'm asked to describe how acupuncture works. I hear myself and I sound like I'm spouting mumbo jumbo."
Bear in mind that our typical patient is a contemporary Western patient who has grown up under the guidance and care of allopathic physicians - receiving myriad vaccinations, a history of taking a variety of prescription and over-the-counter medications - and who is now developing an interest in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Acupuncture and TCM are totally new to them, and even though they have heard positive remarks as to its clinical success and see it as the possibility of redemption of their problem, it remains controversial and, if anything, just "weird." Though they don't question their medical practitioner regarding how a specific medication works physiologically and pharmacologically, this is not the case with acupuncture; almost everyone wants to know exactly how it works.
So, what is acupuncture and how does it work? These are two of the paramount questions people ask. Of course, the other significant questions are, Can it help me? How long will it take? Since every case is different in terms of length of treatment, and the possibility of helping varies according to the extent of the condition, the only thing that might be answered generically is, "What is acupuncture?"
What about the acupuncture meridians themselves?
When I explain the meridian system of the body,
He continues to explain that the meridian system is very similar to radio, in that radio waves likewise cannot be seen by the human eye, but we all understand they do exist. Meridian acupuncture compares to radio in that if a city has 12 radio stations, much like our 12 meridians, it is imperative that each specific station broadcast at its individual frequency. In other words, if a station is operating at 94.5 on the dial, it comes in loud and clear; however if it comes in at 94.4 or 94.6 the radio broadcast is only static. There is nothing wrong with the radio; the fine tuning is out of adjustment. A simple adjustment to the radio will bring it into full normalcy.
Acupuncture deals with homeostasis or the body's ability
to maintain balance. The person who is out of balance
electromagnetically becomes ill and expresses specific
symptoms. This explanation is simple to understand and
best of all, simple to remember . Hopefully this allows
us to have a much better understanding of electromagnetic
balance and what might occur when each meridian becomes
PDF Files for a basic Understanding
Acupuncture can be used in conjunction with general anesthesia, allowing decreased doses of drugs such as analgesics. Any condition may potentially benefit from acupuncture
The use of acupuncture
for treating illnesses and relieving
pain dates back thousands of
years in China. Continuous refining
of the process and monitoring
the effects of the classic acupuncture
which uses needles was obviously
on of the reasons that this kind
of "alternative" became
accepted by western health professionals.
following is an excerpt from
document entitled “Acupuncture:
Diseases and disorders that have beeen treated with acupuncture The diseases or disorders for which acupuncture therapy has been tested in controlled clinical trials reported in the recent literature can be classified into four categories as shown below.
Diseases, symptoms or conditions
for which acupuncture has been
controlled trials—to be
an effective treatment:
or conditions for which the therapeutic
has been shown
Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis
or due to gastrointestinal spasm)
or conditions for which there
are only individual
reporting some therapeutic effects,
but for which acupuncture is
because treatment by conventional
and other therapies is difficult:
or conditions for which acupuncture
tried provided the
practitioner has special modern
medical knowledge and adequate