can Acupuncture help?
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese
Medicine complements conventional medicine. They are not substitutes
for any conventional medical advice, medications or treatments. As a
complement to conventional medicine, acupuncture can treat both acute
and chronic problems such as insomnia, digestive and elimination
problems, headaches, sleeping disorders, chronic pain, smoking and
eating disorders, and much more.
Acupuncture can help to reduce or
eliminate the need for medications for many conditions including
narcotics and other pain-relievers, but your family doctor must
always be consulted in such instances.
Traditional Chinese Medicine looks
at illnesses from a different perspective than conventional medicine.
The basic tenet of Chinese Medicine is that we have a life force that
energizes all the metabolic activity in our bodies, and this life
force (often referred to as "qi") is always moving and
flowing. When qi flows unimpeded, we are healthy. When qi is blocked,
we get pain and ultimately disease. The strategy of the practitioner
of Oriental Medicine is to find the areas of blocked energy, and help
remove those blocks, which in turn helps the body return to its
natural healthy state.Fundamentally, health and healing is all about proper circulation.
When you first enter an the office
of an acupuncturist, the practitioner will sit with you and do an
intake. We are interested in all your symptoms and medical history
which helps, which helps us start to determine our treatment
strategy. The Chinese medical model is often very effective at
treating hard to diagnose problems since it does not rely on having
to know the biochemical reason for your condition, which is not known
in most cases, particularly where blood tests and MRI's are normal.
Even when blood tests show imbalances, it is not usually known why
this is happening.
This difference in perspective
means that Traditional Chinese Medicine can often make sense of
illnesses that Western medicine has difficulty treating. In cases
where Western medicine may be limited to prescribing medication for
symptom management, acupuncture may be able to intervene and
encourage the body in a self-healing process. Acupuncture/Oriental
Medicine is currently the fastest growing healing modality in the
World Health Organization
In the hands of a well-trained
practitioner, acupuncture has much broader applications beyond pain
relief. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes the use of
acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of common illnesses
The World Health Organization
Inter-regional Seminar compiled the above list of illnesses that may
benefit from acupuncture treatment. The list is only a partial list
and is based on clinical experience, and not necessarily on
controlled clinical research. The inclusion of specific diseases are
not meant to indicate the extent of acupuncture's efficacy in
treatment, since all conditions may vary in severity and response.
Source: World Health Organization.
Viewpoint on Acupuncture. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health