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Acupuncture and the Consequences of Enhanced Globalization

May 21, 2017

In the hands of a well-trained practitioner, acupuncture can have much broader applications than just being merely a great way to control pain. It is part of the Chinese health care system that can be traced back at least 3,000 years. The underlying premise of acupuncture is the idea that patterns of energy flow (Qi) exist through the body that are indispensable for health. A disturbance of this flow is believed to be the cause of health issues. The aim of the treatment is to regain the individual’s health and well-being. A lot of people may find it a bit bizarre to find a treatment that treats illnesses by inserting needles into specific points in the body. Acupuncture is only meant to be performed by qualified and licensed practitioners in this field of alternative healthcare. It is a technique that encourages the body to heal itself as well as to improve function naturally. Acupuncture can be used successfully as a treatment in itself or used adjunctively to other forms of medical treatment in various surgical and medical disorders. One should always plan their activities is such a way that they can get some rest after treatment. For the initial visits, this is especially important. Prior to or after treatment do not immediately consume an unusually large meal.

With increased exchange of views and globalization, the system of medicine also strives to enter into the others’ territories. This process is ongoing and it results in providing world class treatment techniques that eventually leads to a better way of healing. Still, there are no assurances that a specific medical system will ultimately be successful in providing relief to the patient despite the many cases that purport to show successful treatment results by one system of medicine in order to establish itself as superior. There are attempts that still go on in justifying the supremacy of a specific medicine system and it applies to all the world’s medical systems. Enhanced globalization is to blame for all this.

There are hard-core Western pharmaceutical adherents who associate Chinese Medicine with being hocus-pocus and think that it is confined to magic. In their ignorance and blindness, they consider this system as primitive and since the basis of Chinese Medicine traces its origins to acupuncture and herbs, they attribute its effects to a term known as the placebo effect. They don’t think Chinese Medicine ever works at all when it comes to the curing or treatment of illnesses and diseases. Besides that, they see Chinese Medicine as being more inclined to spiritualism, and erroneously places it under the category of religious healing practices.

The fact of the matter is totally opposite. Chinese Medicine is an independent system of thought and actually is coherent. The way it is currently practiced has taken quite a long time to evolve. Chinese Medicine attempts to restore the human body back to its optimal state of health through natural, safe and very effective means. This is the reason why it has gained immense popularity not only in the countries where it is already established but also in the far-flung regions of the world.

Mark Whalen is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Board Certified Herbalist and the founder of Five Points Acupuncture and Wellness in Reading, MA.