Acupuncture and Clinical Applications
It is evident that acupuncture has a huge contribution in the world of medicine. Acupuncture as alternative medicine is actually encouraged and one of the natural therapies for a wide range of disorders including neurological, cardiovascular, digestive, psychological among others.
Nowadays, acupuncture is a depression alternative medicine. People that suffer from chronic depression often refer to anti-depressant drugs which in the long run, only leaves them addicted to the drug and will not fully recover. Acupuncture holds more promising results as it activates correct flow of energy, further stimulating the brain to produce happy hormones. As it treats any anxiety disorder, so it does with depression.*
Acupuncture is also an alternative medicine for asthma. Some people with asthma that went for complementary therapy like acupuncture showed significant signs of improvements. Since asthma is one of the delicate respiratory disorders due to high sensitivity with products, may it be natural or from the mainstream medicine, acupuncture is concluded safe when performed by highly-skilled acupuncturist.*
Another interesting discovery and widely practiced area of acupuncture is its role as an alternative medicine for blood pressure. Acupuncture is known to increase the flow of energy by inserting sterile needles on acupoints. It also improves blood circulation, thus lowering the blood pressure for people who are hypertensive. Acupuncture relaxes the body overall, prompting the organs to function correctly including the blood vessels and allowing a normal flow of the blood throughout the body system.*
Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine
With the revolutionized way of how alternative medicine makes it to the spotlight of holistic method in healing and therapy, promising research and study on the benefits of acupuncture rises. Acupuncture and integrative medicine’s approach to healing are almost the same. Both practices targets to heal the whole body, mind and spirit. Both are alternative medicines that if done properly and administered by well-trained practitioners in their crafts, are powerful enough to renew the mind, body and spirit balance.*
Acupuncture is a key component of China’s healthcare system and TCM. The main theory behind acupuncture is that there are patterns or pathways of energy flow in the body which are vital to stay healthy. Blockage or disruption of these flows is believed to cause diseases. An acupuncture specialist applies needle insertion technique to various anatomical locations on the skin to correct this disruption and restore health.*
Acupuncture can help treat various benefits such as pain relief and treatment of various like headache, lower back pain, arthritis, ADHD, carpal tunnel syndrome, stroke, depression and anxiety. One of its most popular benefits is related to gynecological conditions such as increasing fertility and chances of conception, as well as reduction of labor pain and labor induction.*
An acupuncture fertility specialist is an alternative medical doctor who primarily practices acupuncture techniques to improve fertility and increase pregnancy success. Fertility acupuncture works by properly placing the needles on key areas linked to reproductive organs (primarily the ovaries and uterus) and thus encourages fertility.*
Alternative medical doctors are people practicing various alternative medicine methods. Alternative medicine consists of various healthcare practices that are not generally accepted or recognized as standard or evidence-based medical approaches, especially for treatment of various health conditions and illnesses.
Some types of Alternative Medicine include:
1. Alternative Medical Systems:
- Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture
- Indian Ayurvedic Medcine or simply “Ayurveda”
2. Body Manipulation
- Chiropractic manipulation
- Osteopathic manipulation
3. Biologically-based therapies
- Dietary supplements
- Herbal products
4. Mind-Body Techniques
- Prayer/Faith Healing
- Breathing exercises/Relaxation
- Art therapies (e.g. dance, music)
5. Energy medicine
- Magnetic therapy
- Biofield therapies (e.g. Qi gong, Reiki, Therapeutic Touch)
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