Traditional Chinese Medicine
IS ACUPUNCTURE THE SAME AS TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE?
The practice of acupuncture is often equated with the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). But they are not equal. While acupuncture is the most often practiced component of TCM it is merely one important piece of a much larger system. Traditional Chinese Medicine encompasses several methods designed to help patients achieve and maintain health. Along with acupuncture, TCM incorporates adjunctive techniques such as:
Manipulative and Massage Techniques (Tui Na, Cupping and Gua Sha)
ARE TCM TREATMENTS SAFE?
Traditional Chinese Medicine therapies are generally safe if practiced as directed. They are based on the concept of guiding the body to heal itself and do so gently.
IS ACUPUNCTURE PAINFUL?
Acupuncture needles are flexible and have the same thickness as a human hair. Their tips are slightly rounded making them ideal for separating tissue instead of cutting through tissue, making them relatively painless upon insertion. Instead of pain, there may be a dull achy or tingling sensation after the needle is inserted. Many patients sense an actual movement of energy throughout their bodies during the treatment.
WHAT KINDS OF CONDITIONS CAN ACUPUNCTURE TREAT?
The true elegance of Traditional Chinese Medicine and of Acupuncture is the emphasis on the treatment of unique patterns that develop in each person. For example, there may be six people being treated for Type II Diabetes, but each patient would receive different treatment based on varied aspects of each one’s constitution and other life factors.
The World Health Organization (WHO) published a report listing symptoms, diseases and conditions that are effectively treated with acupuncture. This list was based on data from controlled clinical trials conducted up to early 1999.
Pain (musculoskeletal pain/neurological pain/pain due to injuries and/or trauma):
low back pain
facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
tempromandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction
periarthritis of the shoulder
induction of labor correction of malposition of fetus (breech presentation)
renal colic (pain associated with kidney stones)
depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
essential hypertension (high blood pressure)
primary hypotension (low blood pressure)
leukopenia (low white blood cell count)
adverse reactions to radiation or chemotherapy
allergic rhinitis, including hay fever
acute bacillary dysentery (bacterial infection of the colon)rheumatoid arthritis
nausea and vomiting
acute epigastralgia (pain in the stomach area)
biliary colic (pain associated with gallbladder)
peptic ulceracute and chronic gastritis
The World Health Organization report also contained three other categories of lists pertaining to acupuncture:
Diseases, symptoms and conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown, but further proof is needed (68 specific conditions). These conditions are effectively treated as in the first category; it's just that more clinical trials are necessary to meet current scientific standards.
Diseases, symptoms and conditions reporting some therapeutic effects for which acupuncture is worth trying because treatment by conventional and other therapies is difficult.(nine conditions).
Diseases, symptoms and conditions in which acupuncture may be tried, provided the practitioner has special modern medical knowledge and adequate monitoring equipment (eight conditions).
IT SEEMS AS THOUGH GETTING TREATED BY AN ACUPUNCTURIST ON A REGULAR BASIS IS UNCESSARY/ WOULDN'T I BE BETTER OFF WAITING UNTIL I REALLY NEED TO SEE THE DOCTOR?
Regular acupuncture treatment is an investment in quality of life. Why wait until your health declines or until you need urgent or emergency care? Our ultimate goal of treatment is prevention. The value of optimum health is infinite. Your life is worth it.