Acupuncture is Fast Becoming a Recognized Medical Treatment in Our Culture
The History of Acupuncture:
Acupuncture is a component of traditional Chinese medicine that originated in China over 2500 years ago. Its use spread throughout ancient Egypt, the Middle East, the Roman Empire and later into Western Europe. Acupuncture did not become known on a national level in the United States until 1971 when diplomatic relations between China and the United States were relaxed.
In 1997, acupuncture needles were reclassified from "experimental" to "medical device" by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The National Institutes of Health released a consensus statement in the same year endorsing acupuncture for the treatment of a variety of conditions such as post-operative pain, tennis elbow, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
What Is Acupuncture?
Early Chinese physicians discovered there is an energy network traversing just below the surface of the skin which communicates from the exterior to the internal organs. This energy works in harmony with the body's circulatory, nervous, muscular, digestive, and genitourinary. Meridians, channels of energy, run like energy currents through the body. When blockage in one part of a channel occurs, it impedes the flow in others. When this vital energy becomes blocked or weakened, an effect in a body system or anatomic location becomes evident. Stimulation of one or a combination of key "Acupoints" on the body may restore harmony to the affected area. Acupuncture removes the blockage and revives the usual flow through the meridians, restores Qi and helps the body's internal organs to be balanced.
Acupuncture is a method of restoring energy and balancing Qi in order to promote healing and functioning, through inserting needles at precise points on the body. Heat (moxibustion) and electrical stimulator are often applied over the points to strengthen Qi. It can positively improve health and wellness, treat various medical conditions and prevent illness. It is most often associated with pain control; however, it can also be used for many medical disorders or in support of other medical treatments.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture, when administered by a competent and well- trained individual, is rarely painful. The needles are extremely slender and are very different from the syringe needles used in western medicine. After the needles have been inserted, one may feel a sensation of heaviness or tingling. A sensation such as a heaviness or distended feeling indicates that the acupuncture is working. Acupuncture is very relaxing and rarely there is discomfort. Some people feel minimal pain, most feel no pain at all, the needles are sterile and disposable.