While it can remedy ailments and calm states of mind, Chinese medicine can also enhance recuperative powers, immunity, and the capacity for pleasure, work, and creativity.
What is acupuncture?
An important part of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to prevent and treat disease by balancing the body's energy flow.
In traditional Chinese medicine, disease is thought to be the result of an imbalance or blockage of energy or chi (pronounced "chee") in one or more parts of the body. (Air & food supply us with energy, while the stresses & strains of living diminish this energy). Acupuncturists believe that manipulating specific points on the body can unblock the energy flow & restore the body's balance. There are over 400 points on the body, & although just a few are used at each treatment, carefully selected & placed needles bring significant results.
Newest research by the NIH (National Institutes of Health) & the WHO (World Health Organization) & many others see acupuncture as an effective health care system, as it is in places such as Europe & of course China. In California, acupuncturists are increasingly the first line of care providers, as it will be in the rest of the country soon, as ever increasing health care costs and drug side effects are pushing our health care into using a more wholistic approach. A highly trained acupuncturist will know when to refer a patient for western medical care, as sometimes there is no substitute for conventional medicine, yet most conditions are effectively and safely treated by acupuncture and Chinese herbs.
Drs Mehmet Oz, Andrew Wiley, Dean Ornish, and Mark Hyman, all respected and pioneering physicians, in February 09 gave testimonies at US Senate about the run away costs and lowered effects of our health care system, and the improvements that can be achieved with implementation of a more wholistic approach, which includes acupuncture.
The beauty of tis medicine is that by customizing treatment, you can get phenomenal results.