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Acupuncture Versus Western Medicine

August 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Acupuncture Versus Western Medicine

When one thinks of acupuncture, what are some of the images that typically come to mind? Instantly, though, a picture of a black kettle pot with a bunch of concoctions and needles should come to mind. On the other hand, acupuncture therapy does not have to concoct such awful images in one’s head. However, if you have ever thought about the possibility that acupuncture may be able to replace Western medicine you are sorely mistaken. On the other hand, there are some important distinctions between the two fundamental ideas of medicine, and in this article the idea of acupuncture will go head to head in an effort to compete against Western medicine.

Science Versus Intuition

The basic idea behind Western medicine is the knowledge and science behind every treatment that we can see. Acupuncture, though, is not considered one of those treatments. Consider for a moment all the monumental effects that taking one prescription medication can have on the body. Many advocates of Western medicine continue to say that the United States has the best idea of medicine throughout all the world, but is it really true? Even though the affects of prescription drugs are so great on the body and mind, do we truly know everything that the treatment does to individuals, or is there a whole laundry list of side effects that could go wrong?

On the other hand, acupuncture medicine is mostly based on and rooted in the fact that many thousands and millions of Chinese individuals have been able to quickly, easily, and efficiently beat out the diseases and disorder that were experienced. Instead of relying on solid facts and science to prove that this alternative medicine approach works, intuition and feeling is relied heavily upon in order for the whole process of acupuncture to take root and verify itself to the patient.

The Benefits of Both

Even though there are great benefits to both the acupuncture method and treatments of Western medicine, one thing that we should consider is the downfalls of both approaches since there are probably less of them to consider. For Western medicine, though, an idea right off the bat that is undesirable is the fact that many patients and individuals get used to the medicine that they’re given. They’re bodies get used to it and they are left desensitized to being treated. In addition, many people have to take prescription medications their whole lives in order to keep some disorders at bay, such as Depression.

On the other hand, there are very little downsides to using acupuncture therapy except for the fact that no one is certain 100% of the time that the alternative therapy will work. Even though the same holds true for Western medicine, acupuncture should be more accurate in its treatments.

When one considers everything related to Western medicine, though, as opposed to acupuncture therapy, then chances are that he or she will truly see the benefit to using acupuncture. Acupuncture is a great alternative therapy that should never be turned down!

Acupuncture and Arthritis

August 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Acupuncture and Arthritis

Acupuncture is a therapy that has long been held in high esteem because of the beliefs that the Chinese had about its capabilities. However, if you are currently living with arthritis then there is something that you should know about the acupuncture therapy. For starters, there have been arthritis patients who have experienced a great relief from the arthritis pain that they have felt. Whether or not acupuncture works for everyone dealing with this kind of chronic pain is unknown, but what is known is that the therapy does work and there should be lots more research being poured into this age-old technique.

Theories about Why Acupuncture Cures Arthritis

Many chronic arthritis have said that they feel instantly better after a round of the acupuncture therapy. This is not only an astounding finding, but many people and researchers don’t exactly know why it works. However, the only existing and current theory comes from the Chinese because they believed that the therapy of acupuncture could cure pretty much any pain in the body. For starters, the Chinese believe that there are various acupoints located along points in the body that trigger the pain that is felt, especially during a bout of chronic arthritis. If acupuncture needles are then pointed towards those acupoints in the body, it is believed that the pain will cease and the individual can go on living a healthy life.

This theory certainly is held true over the very many lives that have tried it. More than ten million Americans currently suffer from some form of arthritis, and many of those patients feel as if they have nothing to lose when trying acupuncture. Indeed, they do not have anything to lose, because the Chinese believed that this form of therapy, even if it wouldn’t work for some people, certainly would not be of harm to anyone.

Where to Receive Arthritis Acupuncture

If one is looking to find a cure for their arthritis and they are looking for an acupuncture cure specifically, there are many places one can go in order to try this age-old therapy. For starters, universities and colleges along with research centers are usually more than happy to take on arthritis patients in their effort to find out more about why acupuncture does work. Along with these kinds of establishments, though, there are also set acupuncture therapists that work alongside patients in their private offices, and these are the offices where the more individualized acupuncture care can take place. If one is not able to find an acupuncture therapist in his or her own city or town then chances are that they will have to drive a short distance to find someone who is interested in the therapy.

Nevertheless, though, there are thousands of places across the United States that are interested in pursuing the art of acupuncture in order to cure arthritis. What arthritis patients do know and what acupuncture therapists have known for quite some time is that the therapy does work well and it only take a little bit of believe and confidence in order to know that one will actually get better from the terrible and plaguing arthritis.

Ginger

August 8, 2010 2 comments

This fact sheet provides basic information about the herbA plant or part of a plant used for its flavor, scent, or potential therapeutic properties. Includes flowers, leaves, bark, fruit, seeds, stems, and roots. ginger—uses, potential side effects, and resources for more information. Ginger is a tropical plant that has green-purple flowers and an aromatic underground stem (called a rhizome). It is commonly used for cooking and medicinal purposes.
Common Name—ginger
Latin NameZingiber officinale

What Ginger Is Used For

  • Ginger is used in Asian medicine to treat stomach aches, nausea, and diarrhea.
  • Many digestive, antinausea, and cold and flu dietary supplements sold in the United States contain ginger extract as an ingredient.
  • Ginger is used to alleviate postsurgery nausea as well as nausea caused by motion, chemotherapy, and pregnancy.
  • Ginger has been used for rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and joint and muscle pain.

How Ginger Is Used

The underground stems of the ginger plant are used in cooking, baking, and for health purposes. Common forms of ginger include fresh or dried root, tablets, capsules, liquid extracts (tinctures), and teas.

What the Science Says

  • Studies suggest that the short-term use of ginger can safely relieve pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting.
  • Studies are mixed on whether ginger is effective for nausea caused by motion, chemotherapy, or surgery.
  • It is unclear whether ginger is effective in treating rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or joint and muscle pain.
  • NCCAM-funded investigators have looked at whether ginger interacts with drugs, such as those used to suppress the immune system, and ginger’s effects on reducing nausea and vomiting. Investigators are also studying:
    • The general safety and effectiveness of ginger’s use for health purposes, as well as its active components and effects on inflammation.
    • The effects of ginger dietary supplements on joint inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoporosis.

Side Effects and Cautions

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Acupuncture theraphy

August 6, 2010 Leave a comment

All About Acupuncture

Whether you are truly interested in the Chinese culture and the acupuncture therapy is just one more facet of why the Chinese culture can be beneficial to us in the West, or whether you truly want to learn how to perform the art of acupuncture, there is plenty to learn about this therapy that has been claimed to save lives through the medication process that it involved. The first thing that one has to realize about this acupuncture therapy, though, is not only how it got its start in the United States and in the Chinese culture, but also the many benefits and uses that acupuncture can have on the many diseases that are prevalent all over the world.

Why Was Acupuncture Started?

Even though there is no definite answer on the question, there are definitely many theories as to why acupuncture was started in the Chinese culture. In fact, acupuncture was started so long ago in ancient Chinese civilization that there are some who claim that the therapy has simply been handed down from generation to generation in an attempt to give the Chinese culture a great contribution to the cures that can have a profound effect on all of mankind.

How does Acupuncture Work?

There are many ways in which acupuncture can work on the body, but there is generally only one theory that comes from the Chinese culture that will be able to give a glimpse into how the therapy is successful. First, there are points on the body called acupoints- that are also commonly called pressure points by those in Western society. Whatever these points are called, though, the Chinese civilizations believed that these points were the ones responsible for giving them all the pain that they feel day in and day out. The theory has to be a little bit right at least, though, most likely because when acupuncture is performed on these acupoints throughout the body what happens most of the time is that the symptoms of the disease or ailment that one is trying to cure really does clear up quickly.

Even though there have been plenty of people in the Chinese culture who try to convince those in America that acupuncture is the only way to go in treating all sorts of illnesses and diseases, there are plenty of people in the United States’ medical field who not only disbelieve that acupuncture works by calling on the theory of the placebo effect, but also continue to do nothing about further research into the issue. However, there have been plenty of independent studies along the way that continue to show how beneficial the therapy of acupuncture can be in everyone’s life.

In order to make acupuncture popular in the United States, though, there definitely has to be more that’s done rather than simply research into the issue. More professionals in the medical field need to stand up for what they know truly works in the acupuncture theory, and these are the people who need to introduce and teach acupuncture in medical settings all across the country. By many people’s feelings, this is the only way that acupuncture truly will flourish inside the United States. But once this happens, more people will be willing and ready to learn as well as to use the acupuncture therapy in his or her own life!