The body is truly an amazing thing and this is something that was recognized many thousands of years ago by the ancient Chinese. In an effort to prolong their lives and to live as comfortable and as healthy as possible, they developed many interesting medical procedures that are still used in the natural health community today. Some of these can help an individual in many different ways but it may also be able to help with very specific and common problems, such as irritable bowel syndrome. If you are suffering from this difficulty, looking to what the Chinese did many centuries ago may just be able to help.
The reason why people are still using the things that were thought up by the Chinese is because, quite honestly, they work. They are based on the principle that is known as Chi, a thought that the body is full of energy and that it is the free flow of this energy throughout the body that allows us a measure of health. When this energy is interrupted, it causes a variety of different health conditions, depending on the severity and location of that interruption. In order to overcome this problem, a free flow of energy needs to be reintroduced in the body.
One of the ways that this is done is through the practice of acupuncture. Many of us have probably heard about acupuncture in the past but we may know very little about it, outside of the principle that small needles are stuck in to the body. In reality, that is some of the basis of acupuncture but there is also a lot more that may go into it. It is actually a way of rerouting the natural energy that is within the body to anywhere within the body where it needs to go. If you are suffering from irritable bowel syndrome, additional energy may be rerouted into that area in order to give you the strength to heal it naturally.
Bringing Balance Back
Acupuncture itself is not considered to be a healing but rather, it is only a method that is used which can bring a balance back to the body and allow it to heal itself. The human body is able to take care of many of the problems that it comes up against it and often, we don't even recognize it. If we are having a difficulty with IBS, however, we may need to use a natural method, such as acupuncture to push our own healing properties in the right direction.
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Though still controversial as an accepted treatment in Western medical science, acupuncture has a demonstrated place in the treatment of a number of physical conditions. Many patients have reported dramatic relief from complaints ranging from depression to tennis elbow and are firm believers in the healing power of acupuncture. These patients are supported in their claims by the World Health Organization that lists "diseases, symptoms, or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved through controlled trials to be an effective treatment." The National Institute of Medicine (NIH) consensus of recent studies reports that acupuncture is a promising treatment for musculoskeletal conditions with substantially lower adverse effects of other accepted medical procedures.
The American Pain Society and American College of Physicians issued clinical practice guidelines in 2007 that list acupuncture as a therapy that should be considered for patients suffering from low back pain who have not responded successfully to other conventional treatments. Several studies have shown that the combination of conventional treatment with acupuncture is more effective than conventional treatment alone. The NIH reports that patients suffering from osteoarthritis pain, especially in the knee, are offered pain relief and improved function with acupuncture treatments.
One specialized type of acupuncture that has therapeutic benefits for the entire body is auricular acupuncture. Based on the Chinese concept that the auricle, or outer ear contains acupuncture points that correspond to different areas of the body, the stimulation of those points activates the increased functioning of that area of the body. The stimulation increases blood circulation, muscle movement, release of toxins, along with other beneficial effects. It has been shown to relieve musculoskeletal pain such as back pain, arthritis, and muscle tension. Enhanced muscle movement reduces strain and stiffness. Additionally, auricular acupuncture has shown to be a beneficial treatment for anxiety, stress, depression, and insomnia as well as digestive disorders and more.
Auricular acupuncture should only be done by a specialist who has extensive training and thorough knowledge of the almost two hundred acupuncture points located in the outer ear. When done by such a specialist, auricular acupuncture is a safe, effective, and natural treatment without the adverse effects of drugs. When traditional Western medical treatments are ineffective or as a supplement to traditional treatments, acupuncture should always be considered as a viable option for the relief of pain. Millions have found relief from pain with acupuncture with clinical studies and major medical organizations now accepting and even advocating acupuncture as an effective treatment.
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