Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Acupuncture therapy and herbal formulas have developed in China over a period of about 2,500 years. According to theory and clinical practice, acupuncture regulates the flow of Q (vital energy) shunting it to those areas where it is deficient and draining it from the area where it is excess. The goal of acupuncture is to regulate and restore the harmonious energetic balance of the body. When the energy flows freely there is no pain or distress in the organs. If the energy is blocked then there will be pain or metabolic dysfunction.

 

Acupuncture is said to release endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain relievers. During acupuncture, the needles stimulate the sensory neurons which help direct the flow of hormones and nervous system signals through the body. After treatment, the affected area can move and operate without any pain and will begin to heal naturally.

 

The World Health Organisation has publicly announced that acupuncture is suitable for treating the following:

– Ear, nose and throat disorders
– Toothaches, chronic otitis, sinusitis, and acute tonsillitis
– Respiratory disorders; bronchial asthma
– Gastrointestinal disorders
– Neurological and muscular disorders such as headache, migraine, trigeminal neuralgia, facial paralysis
– Chinese herbal medicine can also be used for acute and chronic conditions long term without side effects

 

The vast majority of Chinese herbs are collected from the wild or cultivated with little or no pesticides. With a combination of acupuncture and herbal medicines, the majority of human diseases can be treated.

 

If you want to know about oriental medicine, you can visit the website of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, www.NCCAOM.org.