What is Acupuncture?

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is vaguely known to the general public, but the specifics of the practice is less well known.

Acupuncture is individualized. Although acupuncture is practiced in many Asian cultures - it is known to originate in China. A needle is used to promote the free flow of energy in areas of the body where there may seem to be stagnation.

Acupuncture points are said to be scattered all over the body. Acupuncture is also said to reduce pain and/or induce anesthesia. Acupuncture is personalized to each person's unique constitution and circumstances.

Acupuncture may be considered safe and acupuncturists are licensed all over the United States. It is thus fairly simple for a person to try the therapy, especially for pain conditions and cases that have failed to be diagnosed by conventional medicine.

It is based upon natural laws and energy, a complex system of diagnostic corollaries that treat the person as a whole rather than concentrating on isolated symptoms.

Acupuncture is the technique utilizing and stimulating the body’s own healing potential . Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), of herbal medicine, therapeutic massage, and exercise (tai chi, qi gong, etc).

It uses a framework of natural metaphors and the concept of Qi (“chee”, the various expressions of energy in nature) to understand, diagnose and treat a person.

Its concepts of anatomy and physiology differ from those of Western biomedicine, and cannot be easily translated. It is viewed as a system, one’s physique, psychological state and spirit seen as an interrelated whole.

What is Acupuncture?

If you have ever been treated by an acupuncturist and want to understand what it is all about, or if you are curious about whether acupuncture might work for you or someone you love, here is a straight-forward presentation of the basic facts about acupuncture in an easy-to-follow and easy-to-understand Question and Answer Format.

Acupuncture can help headaches, diabetes, strokes and seizures, menstrual problems, infertility, gallstones, respiratory ailments, emotional disturbances, AIDS, cancer and many other health problems.

Dr. Gary F. Fleischman is a board-certified acupuncturist and medical doctor. He is a recipient of the "Excellence in Acupuncture Award" for the 1995 edition of _Outstanding American Acupuncturists_.

What is Acupuncture?

A review:

This timely book by an American acupuncturist provides a superior introduction to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in general and the practice of acupuncture in particular.

Its question-and-answer format delivers information in discrete, easily digestible portions. Fleischman always speaks to the layperson but does not put the difficult topic of TCM into Western terms.

Indeed, at times the text is as instructive about Western medicine as about Oriental medicine, since the patients' experiences in their M.D.'s office are contrasted with what might happen at the acupuncturist's for the same complaint.

Introductory chapters cover the basics of TCM and acupuncture, followed by detailed discussions of specific organ energy systems, their dysfunctions, and their treatments.

Chinese dietary principles, emergency medicine, and the treatment of children, AIDS, cancer, and neurological and emotional diseases round out the text. A few illustrations of needles, techniques, meridians, and other aspects of TCM and Chinese culture dot the book.

It concludes with 11 case studies. This may be the most accessible guide to this medical art.

What is Acupuncture?

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