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Acupuncture Q&A

Frequently asked questions about Acupuncture

1. What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a 5,000 year old system of natural healing (No drugs… No surgery), which is concerned with restoring proper energy flow to the various organs, glands and tissues of the body on the premise that most diseases are the result of malfunction due to disrupted energies. I think of Duke energy lines carrying the power to all parts of a community so they can work.

Chinese Medicine defines health as “All parts of the body functioning normally, ” all 400 trillion parts. If there is an interruption in the transmission of energy flow or life force (called ch’i In Chinese}, then organ malfunction, disease, pain and suffering are inevitable.

2. Where does the interruption of energy flow occur?

(1) In the meridians, which are located throughout the body, just beneath the skin surface.
(2) In the nervous system connecting the brain to the whole body.

If the energy is blocked in either system the body cannot be healthy. I look at acupuncture like Duke Energy giving power to the body to run efficiently. I look at the nervous system as Verizon network giving the brain the ability to talk to and get information from the body. We need both power and communication to be healthy.

3. Are there other causes of disease besides those associated with the interference of the transmission of energy flow?

Yes, of course. Physical injury or trauma, Emotional injury or trauma, genetics, chemicals, allergies and so forth all play a roll in stressing the body to a state of dis-ease. Even in these states, chiropractic and meridian therapy can assist the body in healing and returning to ease or health.

4. How do you detect the disturbance in energy flow within a patient?

It is the physician’s job to use many things to find the cause of the issue, including certain signs, symptoms, pain spots, organ reflex points, and by pulse or instrumental findings.

5. How do you treat a Meridian point in the body?

First, the related skin points are chosen by the doctor to treat the patient. The proper technique to treat those points will be chosen. There are over 21 different ways to treat the points to get success. The most common used in this office is electrical stimulation, needles and small tacks or balls used over the point to cause constant stimulation.
It is important to remember that what may have helped one person may not help you and that is why the doctors has training to practice their art.

6. What are some of the conditions commonly treated by acupuncture?

Textbook listed conditions run into the hundreds and thousands. Think of a condition you may have and if stress is a component or having the body work more efficiently, then it could be a part of your healing.

7. Out of. say, 10 patients accepted for acupuncture health care, how many usually respond favorably?

On the average, 8. Two out of ten fail to respond favorably for a variety of reasons:  Advanced age, severity of the condition, irreversible tissue damage, etc., are deterrents to recovery. Not enough time to heal

8. Are spinal adjusting treatments necessary with acupuncture?

Depends on the condition and if the doctor finds the nervous system is not functioning well. I think it is best to have both systems functioning optimally for healing.

9. Does acupuncture have another name?

Yes. The proper name is “Meridian Therapy.” It was named “acupuncture” in the 16th century by Portuguese sailors who knew no better. The wrong name stuck.

10. Who is qualified to give acupuncture?

Any doctor (chiropractor, medical, or osteopath) or acupuncturist who has had the proper training. Just because a doctor happens to have a chiropractic, medical, or osteopathic degree does not mean he/she is qualified to do acupuncture.

11. In Acupuncture (Meridian Therapy) are there other significant factors besides skin point stimulation and vertebral adjusting?

Yes, there are four laws to obey for those who desire health and longevity:

1] Proper nutrition;
2) Adequate rest;
3) Moderate exercise;
4) A positive mental altitude.

12. Has any research been conducted on Meridan Therapy treatment?

Meridian therapy is being tested all the time. Look up acupuncture research for pain, allergies, addiction treatment and many other conditions. No one form of treatment heals all, but this one seems to help many!