Acupuncture

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Oriental Medicine & Acupuncture is a complete system of healing which has proven its effectiveness in eastern Asia for over 4000 years.

While it has only recently reached Europe and North America, it has already gained considerable recognition in the western world. In the United States, Oriental Medicine is recognized not only for curing existing conditions, but for preventing the onset of disease and life-threatening illnesses.

Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Originating in China more than 3,000 years ago, acupuncture was essentially unknown in the United States until President Nixon’s visit to China in 1971.

James Reston of the New York Times was treated with acupuncture while serving as a member of the US press corps in China. His first-person account was widely publicized at the time and served to introduce acupuncture to the US.

The term acupuncture describes a family of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical points on the body by a variety of techniques. American practices of acupuncture incorporate medical traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries.

The acupuncture technique that has been most studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation.

Dr. Jeong likes to compare acupuncture to electricity. If “electricity” is flowing correctly, “lights” work as needed/when needed. If your body’s “current” is flowing correctly, your body is balance. However, if you’ve ever worked or studied in an office with flickering fluorescent lights, you know how annoying that flickering can be.

The flickering means that something is disrupting the flow of electricity. There could be a problem at the power company, the circuit breaker, the light switch, or the bulb – any number of issues. The end result, however, is that your light is flickering.

And it’s annoying (or worse)! Acupuncture works to repair the cause of your flickering (the pain, depression, insomnia, digestive issues, etc.), and therefore helps to get rid of the symptoms. The practice of acupuncture predates the development of Western science. Modern scientific studies have documented acupuncture’s effects, but they have not been able to fully explain how acupuncture works within the framework of the Western understanding of medicine.

The original theories of acupuncture and Chinese medicine were derived empirically through several millennia of observation. The basis of acupuncture and Chinese medicine is the idea of Qi (chi), a life force, or energy.


This energy is continuously generated and flows in 12 major meridians in the body. It also has 2 polarities: yin and yang. Yin represents the cold, slow, or passive principle, while yang represents the hot, excited, or active principle. When these forces are balanced and the energy flows harmoniously in the 12 meridians, the body is in a state of health. When these energies are unbalanced by pathogenic factors, the flow of these energies become disturbed; the body is then diseased.

Acupuncture clinical practice is directed to the discovery of alterations in the flow of Qi. Acupuncture treatments are intended to reverse these pathologic changes by redirecting the flow of the energy in the meridians through the insertion and manipulation of needles on points along the meridians. The Chinese used this essentially all diseases.

Your bodies use Blood and Qi (pronounced “Chee”) to carry nutrients and to power your bodies. (A note about Qi: This is the energy in your body, the current of neurons firing in your brain or the electrical impulses given off by your heart. Qi can be compared to what is measured in an EKG or EEG test.) If there is blockage or “stuck-ed-ness” in Blood (a bruise is stuck blood) or Qi, you will have symptoms such as pain.

From a Biochemical point of view, acupuncture can regulate the nervous system by stimulating the release of neuro-chemicals like endorphins and immune responders. It has also been shown to alter brain chemistry by mediating how some neuro-transmitters and neuro-hormones are released.


This in turn affects parts of the central nervous system which stimulates each part of one’s body – hormones, organs, muscles, circulation, and more. With acupuncture, the body’s organs and systems are able to repair tissue and regulate body defenses better.

Regardless of how it works, the goal of acupuncture is to get your Blood and Qi moving, allowing your body to heal itself so that you can live without your symptoms.

Conventional medical science has proposed that acupuncture produces its effects through regulating the nervous system, thus aiding the activity of pain-killing biochemicals such as endorphins and the action of immune system cells at specific sites in the body.

In addition, studies have shown that acupuncture may alter brain chemistry by changing the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones thus affecting the parts of the central nervous system related to sensation and involuntary body functions, such as immune reactions and processes that regulate a person’s blood pressure, blood flow, and body temperature.

The list of endogenous chemicals that are released with the insertion of acupuncture needles continues to grow with the expanding numbers of scientific acupuncture studies. More recently, sophisticated imaging techniques have been used to map the changes in the brain during acupuncture treatments.

According to the NIH Consensus Statement on Acupuncture, there have been many studies on acupuncture’s potential usefulness. Promising results have emerged showing efficacy of acupuncture, for example, in adult postoperative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting and in postoperative dental pain.

There are other conditions such as addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low-back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma in which acupuncture may be useful as an adjunct treatment or an acceptable alternative or as a component of a comprehensive management program.

A recent study showed that acupuncture provides pain relief and improves function for people with osteoarthritis of the knee, and serves as an effective complement to standard care

 

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