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TCM and Acupuncture St Helens

October 2, 2011

The Chinese have practiced traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for more than 3000 years.  TCM is a conglomeration of ancient healing methods all designed to balance the vital energy of an individual.  This vital energy is called Qi or chi in Chinese and is believed to flow like blood throughout the body in energy vessels called meridians.  One can liken meridians to the blood vessels.  The differences between blood vessels and meridians apart from the obvious substances they transport (blood for blood vessels; chi for meridian) are that meridians are not included in the anatomy of the body in Western science, chi unlike blood is invisible and meridians are somewhat intangible concepts as chi.  Chi according to TCM flows along twelve meridians. These meridians due to stress and other factors can develop blockages or obstructions that impede chi flow and force chi to stagnate in a particular organ or area of the body.  TCM aims to remove these obstructions and blockages and restore the energy balance and harmony of the body.   TCM also includes acupuncture, which is the most commonly practiced by far the most popular therapy of TCM.

In a simplistic manner, one can define acupuncture as the insertion of needles in specific areas of the body to treat various kinds of illnesses and disorders.  Acupuncture St Helens redistributes vital energy and blood to the areas undernourished with these vital ingredients and thus helps in healing and allowing the organ or body system to function in harmony with the rest of the body.

Most individuals fear the thought of needles being inserted in their bodies; however, acupuncture treatment (under a skilled and qualified acupuncturist, of course) is a virtually painless procedure.  A small insignificant prick is just what a patient will feel as a needle is inserted into the skin.  The acupuncturist based on his/her training and knowledge and of the patient’s manifested symptoms will know the exact acupuncture points for needle insertion for a specific type of ailment or pain.  Usually, acupuncture is used for treatment of pain, tension or stress.  Because of its versatility and potency, it is now also used in the treatment of headaches, behavioral and chemical addictions, obesity, infertility, nausea, stroke and asthma.  Plus, the World Health Organization has included acupuncture as a wonderful treatment for side effects caused by radiation and chemotherapy.

Another feather in acupuncture’s feathery cap is the recognition by the National Institutes for Health of acupuncture as a beneficial therapy for treating postoperative pain and nausea.  What’s more, the number of insurance companies giving coverage to acupuncture is growing quickly.

It is highly recommended that one check with the Department of Health in one’s state regarding the acupuncturist one wants to consult with.  There are states that require acupuncturists to be licensed doctors and there are states that only require acupuncturists to be licensed and certified.