The Benefits of Acupuncture
As one of the oldest oriental forms of treating diseases, acupuncture has become one of the most successful at treating various types of health conditions in today’s society.
Certainly the benefits that acupuncture can now provide to many people are immense and there are many health practitioners who are advocating it as a successful form of treatment. The World Health Organization (WHO) in fact recognize that there are more than 40 different types of disease which can be effectively treated by using acupuncture, One benefit of using acupuncture is it effective in the process of identifying medical conditions which need attention and treatment.
Acupuncture is not only beneficial in successfully treating a health condition but is often the most economical way as well. Such health conditions as asthma, indigestion, high blood pressure, gynecological conditions and very pains to different parts of the body can be effectively treated using acupuncture. It has also been found to be effective in helping to treat people who are recovering from severe health conditions.
Although any disease can be treated using Acupuncture is it not just needles although they are an integral part of the treatment procedure there are many things that need to be included as well. The theory behind acupuncture is that there are two opposing forces within a persons body (Ying (passive female force) and Yang (active male force) and so that the body functions correctly these two forces need to exist side by side in harmony and any disturbance in their balance could lead to certain health problems occurring. In fact it has been found that acupuncture is immensely beneficial to people trying to lose weight.
Research and studies carried out has shown that there are over 2,000 Acupuncture Points on the human body and in order to treat any condition effectively it is important to identify the right pressure points in the body.
- Acute Conjunctivitis
- Central Retinitis
- Toothaches, Post Extraction Pain
- Acute And Chronic Pharyngitis
- Acute And Chronic Colitis
- Gastric Hyperacidity
- Acute And Chronic Gastritis
- Chronic Duodenal Ulcer (Pain Relief)
- Acute Duodenal Ulcer
- Spastic Colon
Plantar Fasciitis (PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis)
Plantar fasciitis involves pain and inflammation of a thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain.
Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your very first steps in the morning. Once your foot limbers up, the pain of plantar fasciitis normally decreases, but it may return after long periods of standing or after getting up from a seated position.
Plantar fasciitis is particularly common in runners. In addition, people who are overweight, women who are pregnant and those who wear shoes with inadequate support are at risk of plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. Most often seen in athletes, obese people, and persons whose jobs require a considerable amount of walking or standing (especially on hard surfaces), the condition results from inflammation of the plantar fascia, a broad, ligament-like structure that extends from the calcaneus to the base of the toes. Excess weight or repetitive stress can cause small tears in the fascia, leading to sometimes severe pain that can take several months to resolve.
Reference: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.
Traditional therapies for plantar fasciitis vary depending on the degree of the condition and the person being treated. The most common forms of treatment include rest, ice, orthotics and anti-inflammatory drugs. More severe cases can require injections or even surgery. However, none of these modalities is considered more effective than another, and occasionally, patients will develop chronic, disabling symptoms despite the best efforts.
The combination of electroacupuncture and traditional acupuncture algorithms to the affected intrinsic foot musculature produced a marked reduction in pain and a concomitant improvement in function with a limited number of treatments. Dr. Glenn Marr advocates the use of electroacupuncture to symptomatic trigger points in selected intrinsic foot muscles in combination with traditional acupuncture treatment algorithms.
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Acupuncture is a relatively painless, natural technique. It consists of the gentle insertion and stimulation of sterile, disposable, small, hair-width needles placed at precise strategic points on the body. While many acupuncture patients are initially wary about their first treatment, they soon discover that the experience is quite pleasurable and pain-free. Acupuncture has been proven to stimulate and release opiate-like hormones and induce a state of relaxation, balance and healing.
Stress Anxiety & Upper Back Pain
Anxiety and Stress
Anxiety and stress are feelings that virtually all of us are familiar with. Whether it be problems at work, financial troubles, relationship difficulties, an illness, or any other situation where we might feel we are outside our comfort zone, stress is a common part of human life. When we are healthy and the stress is short-lived, we are usually able to recover from stressful situations relatively unscathed. However, if stress and anxiety are prolonged and/or coupled with other emotional or physical disruptions, they begin to have serious consequences on our overall well-being.
Acupuncture combats stress by breaking this cycle of imbalance. It does this by freeing up the obstructions in the flow of energy and thereby restoring natural balance to the body. This not only helps to alleviate the physical manifestations of stress, such as pain, digestive disorders, and sleep issues, but it also directly combats stress itself.
From a scientific perspective, acupuncture helps to alleviate stress by causing the body's nervous system to release natural chemicals, such as endorphins, in the brain and body. These chemicals act as pain-killers and relaxants, which have a calming effect on the body. The calming effect of acupuncture decreases heart rate, lowers blood pressure and relaxes the muscles, thus alleviating many of they physical issues associated with stress. Additionally, acupuncture increases blood circulation, which in turn brings more oxygen to the tissues, while cycling out cortisol and other waste chemicals.
Acupuncture for Back Pain
Back pain is one of the most common conditions that people seek the help of health care professionals for. In fact, roughly 80% of individuals will suffer from some form of back pain at some point in life. Because of the widespread problem of back pain, countless productive work hours as well as hours that could be spent doing fun physical activity are lost. Conventional treatments include pain killers, steroid injections, and surgery. Although these therapies can be effective for treating back pain, they often produce unwanted side effects or only provide temporary relief of symptoms
Acupuncture is a natural, non-invasive form of therapy that can effectively treat both acute and chronic back pain. In fact, it is one of the most time-tested treatments used for pain known to humankind. Its history dates back thousands of years, and the fact that millions of people still turn to acupuncture to treat their pain conditions is a testament to the effectiveness of this natural and safe form of therapy. Unlike some conventional forms of therapy, acupuncture can treat back pain with little, if any, side effects and no down time. Often, after getting treated with acupuncture, the only side effects that people experience are a sense of deep relaxation and more restful sleep.
Neurological & Musculo-skeletal Disorders:
- Migraine And Headache
- "Frozen Shoulder"
- "Tennis Elbow"
- Low Back Pain
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Facial Palsy (Early Stage)
- Paresis Following Stroke
- Peripheral Neuropathies
- Meniere's Disease
- Nocturnal Enuresis
- Cervicobrachial Syndrome
- Neck Pain
- Rib Neuritis,Frozen
An increasing number of patients are using Acupuncture Medicine as their primary health care therapy. Acupuncture has become well known as a medical treatment for pain relief and many other conditions. Some of the benefits include immune enhancement, an increase in energy, and an overall feeling of well being. When provided by a highly trained licensed practitioner, like Dr. Marr, acupuncture and herbal medicine are gentle therapies that are free of side-effects.
- Irregular, Heavy or Painful Menstruation
- Reproductive Problems
Commonly Treated Disorders
Already known as an alternative remedy for alleviating backaches and migraines, acupuncture, has found a niche in treating the side effects of cancer treatments, diabetes, eating disorders, infertility, morning sickness associated with pregnancy, skin disorders, emotional disorders like depression and even smoking and alcohol addictions. Relief can further be found for respiratory, circulatory, digestive and gynecological problems.
According to the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, acupuncture may be considered as a complementary therapy for these conditions:
- Acute Sinusitis
- Sore Throat
- Recurrent Chest Infections
- Common Cold
- Acute Rhinitis
- Bronchial Asthma
- Acute Bronchitis
- Acute Tonsillitis