Acupuncture and Meridian Therapy
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Consensus Conference on Acupuncture in 1997 stated, The data in support of acupuncture are as strong as those for many accepted Western medical therapies. One of the advantages of acupuncture is that the incidence of adverse effects is substantially lower than that of many drugs and other accepted medical procedures used for the same conditions. In particular, the NIH Consensus Conference reported, “There is clear evidence that needle acupuncture is efficacious for adult postoperative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting.”
Acupuncture is said to be one of the oldest and most respected of all the healing arts. Estimated to be 5000 years old, acupuncture has its roots in China. Twelve main meridians are known to exist, and the same meridians and point locations have been duplicated in every country practicing acupuncture around the world. Throughout the years and with the advancement of technology, these meridians have been charted and graphed by means of radioactive dye and MRI. These meridians are postulated to carry a force of energy known as Qi (pronounced chee). This Qi is said to carry the energy to every cell of your body. Any interruption or imbalance to the Qi leads to disease and dysfunction to that cell. Acupuncture is most commonly known as using very tiny needles to stimulate these points (called acupoints), but modern technology has led to the discovery of other methods of point stimulation. Some methods include: a small spring like device known as a tae shin, piezo electric stimulator, electro-acupuncture, acupressure, and the latest is a HeNe laser. All are effective and painless. The method of point stimulation is based on what is being treated, why, and on whom. Most find the treatments very relaxing, and tend to fall asleep during the session.
Historians have stated, more people have benefited from acupuncture over the course of fifty centuries than the combined total of all other healing sciences, both ancient and modern.
There are many ways to practice modern acupuncture, ranging from a painless needle insertion, to electrical stimulation, and even laser treatment. The Center for Alternative Medicine offers all three techniques.
The number of treatments will vary according to the condition and the individual. Chronic conditions take longer than acute ones. Some people notice an immediate improvement after the first treatment, while it may take more visits for others. The usual treatment frequency is between two and four times per week. Even though it is possible to achieve success, a program of ten visits would have a better chance for success.
Acupuncture has been known to have a tremendous effect on conditions such as allergies, asthma, addiction, anesthesia, chronic fatigue, acute and chronic pain relief, bed wetting, tennis elbow, gastric problems, hemorrhoids, abnormal blood pressure, anxiety, infertility, various eye problems, tension, cluster and migraine headaches, weight loss, drug and alcohol addiction, and hundreds of others. Acupuncture can even used to remove facial wrinkles.