Acupuncture is an integral facet of a complete medical system called Traditional Chinese Medicine. TCM also includes herbal therapy, nutrition, body and movement therapy.
Acupuncture is based on the theory that your body is made up of meridians, or channels, of energy that circulate through the whole body and into each major organ. This energy is known as Qi or Chi. As long as the energy flows freely through the meridians health is maintained. If the flow of energy is blocked, pain and illness can occur. Through the insertion of very fine and disposable needles, acupuncture stimulates specific points of the meridians, thus helping to treat pain and rebalancing the body's own energy.
Both acute and chronic conditions respond to acupuncture treatment. Headaches, neck, back and shoulder pain, stress and tension, tendonitis, muscle and joint, disorders, arthritis, fibromyalgia, sports injuries, and other injuries are some of the conditions that can be treated with acupuncture.
Much scientific research has been done over the last twenty years, proving that acupuncture has been effective in treating both acute and chronic pain. Acupuncture has been proven to cause definite physiological response in brain activity, hormonal levels, blood pressure, heart rate and immune system. Both the National Institute of Health (NIH) and World Heath Organization (WHO) endorse the use of acupuncture to treat many conditions, including headaches and pain.
Acupuncture needles are very thin, 8-10 times thinner than hypodermic needles used for injections, and are barely felt upon insertion. A majority of patients experience a pleasant and relaxing state of being, sometimes even falling into a restful nap.
Standard medical treatments are often inadequate and costly, or may entail serious side effects. Acupuncture's one great advantage over Western Medicine is that it does no harm. Unlike drugs and surgery, acupuncture has virtually no side effects and is extremely cost effective. Why not try acupuncture; all you have to lose is your pain.
Somewhere between 50-60% of people in the United States and Canada are overweight. Most people are very concerned about being overweight and are trying to lose weight. Each year millions of dollars are spent on various weight loss programs and diets, however, the failure rate remains extremely high. Acupuncture and herbal medicine offer a comprehensive plan to assist a high percentage of people to both look and feel better.
Acupuncture and herbal medicine are integral facets of a complete medical system called Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is a comprehensive health care system with a continuous clinical history of over five thousand years. Acupuncture is based on the theory that your body is made out of meridians, or channels, of energy that circulate through the whole body and into each major organ. Acupuncture and herbs helps balance these meridians, thus affecting the organs directly responsible for proper digestion and metabolism. An added bonus is that acupuncture is very effective in preventing depression and stress related to being overweight.
It is also essential for each individual to become empowered with the knowledge and confidence so that he or she can participate and make positive changes to expedite his or her health recovery. If you really want to lose weight this means that you must make the necessary emotional, mental and life-style changes that are often the underlying cause of weight gain.
One can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week. This is a healthy rate of weight loss. Weight loss more quickly than this can be very hard on the body and lower metabolism. Rapid weight gain often occurs again once this type of program has ended.
If you goal is to be healthier and look better, then acupuncture and herbal medicine can help you to lose weight in a healthy, natural way. Welcome to the new you!
Common signs of aging include fine lines, dry skin, puffiness and overall dull complexion. The environment plays an important role in affecting the skin, which includes damage and pollution. A lifestyle of long-term smoking, overwork, stress and lack of sleep, eventually reflect on the skin. Even diet affects one overall complexion. Thankfully, one of the more contemporary uses of acupuncture is for general cosmetic and beauty enhancement. Acupuncture and herbal medicine provide a natural way to improve and maintain a healthy complexion.
Very fine acupuncture needles are inserted at specific acupuncture points around the face. The needles create minor histamine reaction, which causes the blood vessels to dilate. Blood flow is increased in the area, allowing more oxygen, nutrients and antibodies to reach the skin cells. The connective tissue on the skin includes elastic fibers, elastin and collagen. Elastin, a protein, allows the skin to be stretched and snap back into place. Collagen which is secreted by the epithelial cells, helps adhere to the surface layer of the skin to the connective tissue. Collagen provides physical support for the skin and prevents skin from being torn. Acupuncture stimulates cell metabolism and improves its function. Elastic fibers then work more efficiently and the production of collagen may be increased. The skin is then able to repair itself more quickly and to slough old skin cells. The outcome is diminished lines, with smoother, softer and suppler skin.
For those wishing to avoid the cost and recovery time of a surgical facelift, acupuncture can provide a less invasive and less costly alternative. Since acupuncture is very nurturing, improvements are subtle and occur over time. Gradual fading of fine lines, with a brighter and healthier skin tone, will occur. The number of treatments may vary depending on the overall health of the individual, the condition of the skin and patient compliance. It is common 10-16 treatments. Best results are usually seen with two sessions per week for 4-6 weeks. Depending on the goals and response to the treatment, acupuncture can then be given once a month for maintenance.
Very fine and disposable needles are used for cosmetic acupuncture. An average of 15 or less needles are used during each treatment. These needles are 8-10 times finer than the standard hypodermic needles used for injections. The procedure is usually quite painless and generally very relaxing. Slight bruising may occur, especially around the neck and eye areas. This is very minor compared the bruising, pain and swelling of the standard surgical procedure.