In this age of high-tech gadgets, super computers and profound advancement in modern medicinal remedies and procedures, people still respect and acknowledge the benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
TCM has been around for ages and is proven to effectively treat the following but not limited to conditions associated with the nervous system, endocrine disorders, gastrointestinal problems, movement disorders and the pain control.
These prized oriental principles could be traced thousands of years back and outlined in the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine or the Huangdi Neijing. TCM has been proven to be an effective form of overall wellness maintenance and alternative medicine.
One of the most popular and widely accepted preventive medicines is acupuncture. Acupuncture [L. acus, a needle, and punctura, a pricking] is defined as a collection of procedures involving penetration of the skin with hair-thin needles of varying lengths to stimulate certain points on the body or acupoints. This is performed under clean, sterile, quiet and calming conditions to provide the patient a “soothing physical and mental” sensation. The stimulation of specific acupuncture points are said to correct imbalance in the flow of qi through channels known as meridians. Originated in China, acupuncture is a soothing therapy that is considered to be one of the oldest healing practices of the world.
During an acupuncture procedure, patients can expect that a slight prick will be felt when the needles are inserted to the acupoints which will result to numbness, mild soreness or heaviness called “Degi” (pronounced duh chee) as an indication that the treatment is working. Others have reported to feel only a tickle but many have indicated to have felt nothing when the needles where inserted.
Some of the recorded benefits of acupuncture are not limited to but include increase of blood circulation, follicle production, regulate hormonal imbalance, improve sleep patterns, relief from both anxiety and depression.
Acupuncture is recommended by the World Health Organization as alternative treatments for various ailments like hypertension, morning sickness, depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke), epigastralgia, acute peptic ulcer, acute- chronic gastritis, gastrospasm, lower back pain and adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy, among others. The recorded side effects of this procedure is substantially lower than many drugs found today or medicinal procedures that are used for the same ailments or conditions.