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Alternative Medicine – Acupuncture

The World Health organization recognizes over 40 conditions that acupuncture can treat. Migraines, Sinusitis, Asthma, Paralysis, Myopia to name just a few.

Acupuncture eases the pain and boosts the immune system by balancing the flow of life energy through the body. It has been used in China for thousands of years. The West however, uses it as a stand-alone treatment for a broad range of disease and conditions, from cold and flu to addictions, to chronic fatigue.

It is based on the belief that the body has a balanced flow called ‘qi’ ( also called chi) which flows through the body in 12 energy points. These are called ‘meridians’, linked to specific organs in the body.

Most modern acupuncturist uses sterile disposable needles that are so hair-thin ( about 0.007 to 0.020 -or – 0.18mm to 0.51mm) and therefore less painful. The upper third of the needle is wound with copper wire or plastic to stiffen the needle for insertion. Size, type, and how far inserted depends on the acupuncture used.

Western medicine treat vascular headaches with pills, but in acupuncture, it is treated by inserting the needles in the center, between thumb and the palm of the hand called the he-gu points. In acupuncture, this area is said to treat the head and face of the body.

Research has shown there is a relationship between the acupuncture points, called meridians and the electrical current in the body.

Acupuncture has also been shown to be beneficial to kids with ADHD. Studies show that 50% of kids treated with acupuncture improved the symptoms. Thus, researchers have concluded acupuncture is a good alternative to pills for hyperactive kids.

Acupuncture is growing in accepting by conventional medicine because almost a 3rd of the Medical schools are now requiring something in relation to acupuncture be part of the courses.

As with other forms of alternative medicine, the legal aspects of varies from state to state. Some state’s has to requirement of acupuncture, while other states limit the practice of it. Still others require a referral to an acupuncturist from a regular Dr. Where it is legal, the acupuncturist must graduate form a state approved medical school, and pass a state licensing exam.

Healthcare providers can be used for referrals, in addition to national acupuncture organizations, a simple web-search can help. Also, ask the acupuncturist how much treatments are, and how many are needed. Some insurance companies cover these cost’s, and some don’t. Check with your insurance to see if acupuncture is covered before getting treatment.

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