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Benefits of Acupuncture versus Conventional Medicine


By Melissa Donaldson - 6/10/2013

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Until the last decade people viewed acupuncture as a treatment that was not reliable. Their friends talked about it, their family told them it was a myth, and it wasn't until pain or a disease was too much to ignore that they tried the procedure. Now, many people daily see an acupuncturist. Massage spas, chiropractic offices, and homeopathic clinics are employing more acupuncturists than ever. Instead of thinking that acupuncture is an ancient idea that's outdated people are realizing the true medical value of the procedure.

What exactly is acupuncture you might ask if you've never truly looked into the concept? In ancient China practitioners would use thin needles inserted into the skin at certain points that they called meridians. These points were said to be pathways through the body through which life energy or "qi" flowed. If these meridians were blocked, practitioners claimed that inserting the needles would clear the meridians or points and allow the flow of "qi" to commence again without interruption.

Before deciding upon acupuncture it's best to decide if it's truly something that's right for you. Acupuncture is usually a procedure performed to help patients with pain management. The World Health Organization and physicians in the United States are starting to praise acupuncture as an alternative to heavy narcotic sedation and pain management medication.

There is still some debate as to whether or not acupuncture is a true procedure to relieve pain. Some scientists and physicians claim that there is a possible placebo effect in that patients want to believe the procedure is a success and therefore will themselves to feel better and their pain feel less intense. However, it's hard to say it's not worth trying when dealing with everyday pain that begins to take a toll on your life's quality.

Acupuncture is sometimes used to manage pain during cancer treatments or for the pain that cancer itself can cause. Chemotherapy can be a very painful treatment process and larger hospitals and hospice care centers employ acupuncturists to help with the management of this discomfort. It's not uncommon to also use this as a way to alleviate pain of Multiple Sclerosis or other muscle debilitating disease. While there are many people who claim that these diseases were easier to manage while using acupuncture as a way of managing their pain, others want to have nothing to do with needles and meridian points finding it against their religion and their upbringing.

Whatever you choose be sure that when you look for a practitioner to look for someone with experience. Also, look for someone with several credentials and who has practiced on several patients and will explain the process thoroughly. Don't just look in random massage parlors as you may not find those with the best credentials. Be safe and make sure all needles are sterilized to avoid infection. Clean and safe practitioners will offer better care and lead to a better acupuncture experience.


 








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