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Different Forms of Acupuncture Louisville

March 19, 2011

Acupuncture Louisville is the most popular among the treatments practiced by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  It is probably the oldest too with records of its usage dating back 4,000 year ago.  TCM, has a naturalist philosophy and believes that all life is generated by chi or life energy flowing inside the body of creatures including man.  Chi enables creatures to live, grow and reproduce.  The free flow of chi is important for a healthy body and when its flow is blocked or stagnates, sickness and ailments set in.  To remove these blockages and stagnation, acupuncture is applied to various parts of the body where the stagnation or blockages are suspected.  The free flow of chi balances the elements of yin and yang in the body. Yin and yang or the cold and hot energies are the forces continuously interacting and contradicting each other in the body.  These interactions allow the body stay healthy and fit provided there is relative balance of yin and yang.  Acupuncture is the insertion of needles in parts of the body to enable normal chi flow.  There are different kinds of acupuncture:  auricular or ear acupuncture, single point acupuncture and traditional acupuncture.

Auricular acupuncture is usually used for pain and addiction treatment, and over eating is considered an addiction too.  According to TCM, the ear has numerous acupuncture points going to every organ in the body.  It also has points connected to the nervous system. Trigger point acupuncture is often used for muscle tightness and pain.  Single point acupuncture is a treatment derived from acupuncture and moxibustion and so named because only one area is treated to cure and/or prevent diseases. Trigger point and single-point acupuncture use acupuncture points based more on western physiology and anatomy.  These two are sometimes named medical acupuncture.

Acupuncture, with herbal medicine, is designed to help restore yin-yang balance to the body.  Fundamentally, acupuncture works in three ways:  First to restore the relative balance of yin and yang in the body, second, to remove blockages in the body caused by physiological, emotional and environmental causes and third, to release endorphins in the body to allow the body to heal and treat itself.  Acupuncture applies clean, sterile hair thin needles, which are used just once, inserted into acupuncture points on the body.  The beneficial and effective results of acupuncture have been validated and have been empirically proven by many controlled studies.  Many hospitals in the US are using acupuncture to treat pain and other form of illnesses both physical and emotional and even in some cases; acupuncture is used in surgery as a form of anesthesia for the patient.

Acupuncture has many practical applications, from addiction, to back pain to skin problems and even for infertility treatment.  It is a wise idea to know more about this wonderful form of treatment that has existed for many millennia.