Acupuncture is growing in popularity, becoming a widely accepted alternative treatment for conditions ranging from stress relief to chronic pain. This change in outlook can be traced to some of the top medical facilities in the country. Major medical facilities including Duke, Columbia, Mayo Clinic, Harvard and the University of Miami, to name a few, are utilizing this treatment which dates back thousands of years. These complimentary and integrative clinics use alternative medicine along with those practiced by mainstream medical professionals. The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized the beneficial effects of acupuncture for many common hard-to-treat conditions such as low back pain, headaches, nausea, neck pain and knee pain.
Acupuncture is among the oldest health practices in the world, used in China and other Asian countries dating back thousands of years. Traditional Chinese acupuncture utilizes the philosophy that energy travels through the bodyusing special channels or “meridians.” Using thin sterile needles, acupuncture is used to help bring balance to the individual by stimulating combinations of specialized points (acupuncture points). It is the belief that acupuncture can restore this flow of energy thus improving the wellness of the individual.
For years modern research has investigated the possible therapeutic effects of acupuncture. It is well-known for its ability to decrease pain and is believed to stimulate the nervous system to release pain-relieving chemicals throughout the body. Although acupuncture is not yet fully understood by Western medicine, it has been proven a safe and, in some cases, effective treatment for many conditions which effect millions of people every day.
Visit the WHO website for a complete list of conditions which acupuncture may be beneficial; this list has also been made available through the website, www.eastnapleschiropractic.com.
George Sarantos is a certified Chiropractic Physician, Strength & Conditioning Specialist and Acupuncturist.