Acupunture, from Traditional Chinese Medicine, is the means to balance a malfunctioning or disturbed flow of energy. Nerves, like the brain, use chemicals as well as electricity to transmit and process information. Like the wires in a cable, our body too generates negative and positive energies which in Chinese medicine are called Yin and Yang.

To understand the theory behind Acupuncture one should also try to understand the principles of Yin and Yang (the negative and positive poles of vital energy), the Chi (vital energy), as well as the theory of the 5 elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water (various manifestations and functions of vital energy - not necessarily to be confused with the other known grouping of elements: ether, air, fire, water, and earth; see Ayurveda).

Acupuncture needles and Electronic handheld unit
Gold & Silver needles and Electronic handheld unit
Acupunture can be translated as Needle Piercing. This sounds painful. However, when tested on someone who insisted that she would certainly feel the smallest of needle pricks, absolutely no pain was felt. This person was slightly distracted as a very thin needle was inserted at the small indent in the back of the head (a point useful for calming nerves), and she did not at all notice it. She even insisted that the treatment had not yet begun when everyone else in the room could clearly see the needle sticking out of her head! One can easily conclude from this experience that acupuncture is generally more useful in reducing pain than causing pain.

Studies: A number of studies have shown Acupuncture to be effective for such ailments as: Pain, Addictions, Smoking, Alcoholism and Angina. Already in 1972, the scientist Ji-Sheng Han proved acupuncture's effectiveness on animals. Later Ji-Sheng Han established the biochemical pathway of pain relief by acupuncture.

Conditions which have responded well to treatment with Acupuncture (alphabetical order):
  · Acne
  · Addictions
  · Allergies
  · Anxiety
  · Arthritis
  · Asthma
  · Bell's palsy
  · Bronchitis
  · Bursitis
  · Cerebral palsy
· Colds
· Colitis
· Constipation
· Depression
· Diabetes
· Diarrhea
· Dizziness
· Earaches
· Eating disorders
· Eczema
· Eye problems
· Flu
· Hay fever
· Headaches
· Hemorrhoides
· Hepatitis
· High blood pressure
· Hormone problems
· Hypoglycemia
· Impotence
· Indigestion
· Inflammations
· Insomnia
· Menstrual problems
· Morning sickness
· Nausea
· Neuralgia
· Pain
· PMS
· Sciatica
· Sinusitis
· Sore throat
· Sprains
· Stress
· Stroke
· Tendonitis
· Tinnitus
· Ulcers
· Withdrawl
  symptoms

A typical acupuncture treatment may cost anywhere between $20 and $175 US and may take up to a full hour. Credentials to look for: Acupuncturist with Diploma: Dipl. Ac.; Master Acupuncturist: M. Ac.

In the USA, state-licensed acupuncturists are awarded the designation: L.Ac.. Prior to being licensed, most US acupuncturists would have met the standards of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM®) and have been awared the designation: Diplomate of Acupuncture (NCCAOM).

Note: Every US State and Country has different rules regarding Acupunture treatments and certification.

Additional Acupuncture Resources:
  · National Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance (NAOMA)

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