Acupuncture can heal various illnesses and disorders. It is considered to be particularly effective in curing physical problems related to tension, stress and emotional conditions. The simple fact that it has been in use for over 4,000 is proof of its effectiveness.

There are many different kinds of treatments for sickness and diseases. Some utilize science and technology to cure various types of clinical conditions while some adopt the traditional practices that have been in use for hundreds or even thousands of years. Traditional, or often known as natural healing, is preferred by many for providing holistic healing. This method of healing or treating patients is considered non-invasive as well as less expensive than traditional treatments.

Types of natural healing practiced around the world include homeopathy, massage therapy, energy healing, physical therapy, acupuncture and so on. Amongst these, one of the oldest and most widely practiced is acupuncture. This Traditional Chinese Medicine practice’s origin can be dated back to over 4,000 years. It is not easy to define or explain how acupuncture works. The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture puts it like this – “Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning.”

Like other natural healing practices, acupuncture aims at promoting health and well-being, preventing illness and treating various medical conditions. Associating acupuncture to only pain control, which is done often, would be misleading as its applications are hardly limited to the same (pain control). A well-trained and experienced practitioner of acupuncture can apply acupuncture to various illnesses and disorders. It is considered to be particularly effective in curing physical problems related to tension, stress and emotional conditions.
The list of the names of the medical conditions where acupuncture treatment is applied is a long one. As recognized by the World Health Organization, the medical conditions can be categorized in to four types:

* Digestive disorders – This includes gastritis and hyper-acidity, spastic colon, constipation and diarrhea.

* Respiratory disorders – such as sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma and recurrent chest infections.

* Neurological and muscular disorders – like headaches, facial tics, neck pain, rib neuritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, various forms of tendinitis, low back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis etc.,

* Urinary, menstrual, and reproductive problems.

Acupuncture is performed by inserting tiny solid needles in the body at very precise spots also referred to as acupuncture points. Once the needles are inserted in the right acupuncture points and in place, the practitioner or doctor may apply heat or electrical stimulation as part of the treatment. Acupuncture is surprisingly pain-less, at the most the sensation felt at the insertion of the needles is equal to an insect sting. Insertions at some acupuncture points are not felt at all. Once the needles are in, there is no pain felt by the patient. A treatment could last from 15 to 20 minutes.

People living in crowded areas like cities and towns easily suffer from stress and anxiety. Such conditions if left untreated could amount to major health problem over time. Taking strong pills to cope with such conditions could put you at the risk of side effects and could cost you much money as well. In such cases, acupuncture and other natural healing methods could provide an easy, risk free and cheaper alternative. Finding an acupuncture practitioner is pretty easy. For instance, if you are living in Chicago area, you could go online and search for a Chicago acupuncture practitioner or a center using a search engine, and it will list all the acupuncture practitioners in the area for you.

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Submited By: Dr. Richard Ezgur


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