Acupuncture is the insertion of tiny needles about the size of a human hair into the skin to stimulate specific acupuncture points found on the body. It is gaining worldwide acceptance and recognition as effective medical treatment as a therapeutic approach. Over 15 million Americans have been treated by acupuncture. The research and knowledge about acupuncture is increasing.
Chinese herbal has been practiced for more than 2,500 years. Therapies include acupuncture, herbal medicine, moxibustion, massage and nutrition. It is a system of medicine that categorizes body patterns into specific types of diagnoses with corresponding treatment plans. Surprisingly, it is practiced in most parts of the world. As a consequence, it is also taught in most medical schools including Harvard Medical School. Indeed, Chinese medical theory and practice has spread to France, England, Spain, Germany, Russia, much of Middle and South America, and Africa.
Additional Therapies for Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
There are many therapies that help treat a particular symptom. The strength of Chinese medicine is in the diagnosis. Categorizing a patient’s symptoms helps to also select the correct therapy. For example, let’s say you have pain in the hip and it is red hot to the touch and feels better with cold. As a result, it wouldn’t be wise to treat the pain with warm therapies. This is an oversimplification but the principle is the same. In short, Chinese medicine will help your provider see the big picture.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine additional therapies
- Electro-acupuncture – the use of microcurrent technology, and electrical stimulation of the acupuncture points.
- Diet, Lifestyle and Nutritional Counseling
Cupping – this employs a glass as a suction device to stimulate blood circulation
Tai Chi – a form of physical exercise
Qi Gong – breath exercise Meditation – a form of relaxation
Various forms of therapeutic massage