Considering the rise of the “New Age” philosophy, people are beginning to migrate back to more holistic natural methods. Coupled with this migration have been a certain interest in how we look at healing and the methods we use to counteract disease. Practices like meditation ,yoga, acupuncture, acupressure, reiki and Tai-Chi also have risen to the forefront of this popularity in recent years combining the ideas of healing, balance and control over impulses.
These practices, although most of them have been around for quite some time, have begun to swing back into the scope of the public.
I for one, have done research on the dealings of big pharmaceutical companies that profit off of the misfortune of others and on the political monetary driven drug market. Also, considering the healthcare crisis, astronomical cost, and treatments that leave some to wonder if treating the issue and not curing it somehow helps “Big Pharma” out financially at your expense. Although with would be immature to condemn the modern strides medicine has made in the last couple centuries, I am always open to other healing possibilities that greatly differ in cost, side effects, effectiveness.
What is Acupuncture Treatment ? History
Similar to meditation and yoga, one of the ancient healing practices I’ve called you here today to learn about is acupuncture.
“Acupuncture is a component of the health care system of China that can be traced back at least 2,500 years. The general theory of acupuncture is based on the premise that there are patterns of energy flow (Qi) through the body that are essential for health. Disruptions of this flow are believed to be responsible for disease.” (medicine.net)
One of the major healing considerations in a lot of Asian culture is the understanding and study of life energy. Taking into account that spiritual health is just as important as physical and mental health.
Even though dating back to 6000 BCE when the first makeshift acupuncture tools were discovered, acupuncture became an officially documented practice a few centuries before the Common Era.
As popularity of the new stress relieving, balancing, and healing method began to surface, acupuncture became one of the prominent healing systems in China.
The Practice: Defined
The theory of acupuncture like a lot of other practices its broken up into different aspects that all represent major organ/pressure/chi/chakras outlets in the body: these 12 aspects are called meridians. To combat issues accruing within these 12 points, a look into how acupuncture views the organs and their respective balances and imbalances is vital to the practice. For example:
- Heart Meridian– One of the most popular organs, the heart is the organ that distributes blood throughout the entire body. An imbalance in the heart meridian can cause shortness of breath, heat flashes, chest pain, and the sensation of feeling light-headed.
- Spleen Meridian– Understood to be a primary organ for distributing nutrients, blood flow and aiding in healthy digestion. An imbalance here can cause diarrhea, bloating, weakness of the muscles, fatigue, short-term memory loss, and inability to think properly.
- Liver Meridian – The liver organ filters blood before it’s distributed to the rest of the body. An imbalance here can cause loss in flexibility, irregularities in the menstrual cycle, PMS, dehydration, depression and anger.
- Small Intestine Meridian– The organ that breaks down nutrients from the food we eat so our body can functioning properly. An imbalance here can cause body soreness, nerve damage, digestion problems, and poor circulation.
- Bladder Meridian – An organ that removes excess liquid from the body. An imbalance here can cause neck stiffness, headaches, back pain, and urinary track infections.
- Gallbladder Meridian– The organ that stores and distributes “bile”, an enzyme produced by the liver. An imbalance here can cause bloating, liver disease, discoloration, liver failure, and loss of energy.
- Pericardium Meridian– A membrane that protects the heart by assisting in its functions. An imbalance here can cause sever loss of energy, heart failure, and decrease in sex drive.
- Lung Meridian – Although understood by most to be a respiratory organ, in acupuncture, an imbalance in this point can cause bacterial infections, inflammation, an uncontrollable skin conditions.
- Large Intestine Meridian – Known by most as the organ that expels waste while extracting water, an imbalance here can cause abdominal pains, holding on and letting go of unwise situations.
- Stomach Meridian – The digestive organ. An imbalance here can lead to abdominal pains, internal bleeding, extreme anxiety, and feelings of not being accepted.
- Kidney Meridian – Considered to maintain things like hormones, the reproductive system, and growth, an imbalance here can cause urinary infections, backaches, decrease in will-power, sexual drive, and ability to cope in everyday life situations.
- Triple Warmer Meridian – Not considered to be an organ but one of acupuncture’s vital points. Controls metabolism, heat/cold dementia, and body temp. An imbalance here can cause anxiety, dementia, chest pains, heart failure, stroke, cancer, and just about any other ailment associated with the other 11 points.
By guiding the needle precisely into the designated meridian points or “hot spots”, the energy balancing can be assessed and executed. These hot spots allow the acupuncture practitioner to decrease, increase, or unclog blockages of the life force energy needed for harmonized balance.
Acupuncture Treatment Benefits
Although considered by some as a “superstitious practice”, the FDA has taken acupuncture off of the experimental healing practice list some time ago. Scientific research points to its plethora of benefits.
- Lowers Chronic Joint and Muscle Pain – Usually a result of chronic stress, muscle tension, or just plain old injuries. Shown to reduce lower and upper back pain by as much as 15%. Extensive research also points too its effect on reducing knee, and arthritis pain.
- Alleviates Migraines – Considered to be one of acupuncture most popular positive effects:”In a 2011 review, there was nearly unanimous support and proof of acupuncture being a reliable and side-effect free way to relieve chronic neck pain, very often the pain that can lead to constantly tense muscles, soreness, and headaches.”
- Cures Nausea and Prevents Vomiting – Acupuncture has been known to provide extreme nausea relief. Published by The Care and Emergency Group, considered the practice to be on par and safer than regular prescription drugs.
- Helps With Insomnia – An experiment was done to prove acupuncture effect on helping the brain to produce nocturnal melatonin: a chemical in the brain that aids in sleep.
- Reduces Anxiety – A safer outcome than the severe side effects of traditional prescription drugs. Several Studies show its proven effectiveness against anxiety, anxiety disorders, and other mental disorders.
Acupuncture today is largely practiced with little knowledge from its ancient predecessors. It is said that skill is one thing that’s lacked when it comes to majority of the practitioners today. A typical acupuncture in modern society can cost you anywhere between 70$ -125$ and be found just about in any major city.
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