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The Benefits of Acupuncture New York

April 2, 2011

Acupuncture New York has been helping people with illnesses and injuries for thousands of years.  It is part of traditional Chinese medicine and has been the most popular alternative treatment in the West since the 1970’s.  It has been proven to cure a wide range of illnesses from infertility, back pain and skin disorders to addiction, heartbreaks and infectious diseases.

Acupuncture believes in the life force called chi traveling inside the body through networks called meridians.  These networks are like the nervous system or the circulatory system of the body.  Physical problems, extreme emotions and/or the environment (pathogens and the climate) can cause the blockage of chi in the meridians. These factors cause disharmony and imbalances in the body and manifest physiologically and/or emotionally in the form headaches, sadness, hypertension, obesity, strokes, arthritis, insomnia, rage, crying spells or muscle or joint pain among others.

The common health problems plaguing the United States are obesity, alcoholism and substance abuse.  These three are usually attributable to emotional or psychological causes.  Acupuncture is a holistic medicine, which means acupuncture is concerned not only with the physical aspect of the individual but also with its psychological well-being, as well.  Considering the three aforementioned problems in the US usually have psychological roots in nature, acupuncture has been very successful in curing physically and psychologically, many of these cases.

For obesity, the abnormal craving for food usually underlies the social disappointments of the individual, particularly in relationships.  This problem becomes psychological because the person experiences extreme emotions such as sadness, anger or anxiety.  These emotions cause blockages in the flow of chi causing symptoms and illnesses to develop.  Acupuncture helps by removing these blockages to enable chi to flow again normally.  It also stimulates the brain to release endorphins that help the person feel a sense of euphoria and joy and these feelings neutralize the negative emotions of the individual.  The endorphins also reduce the cravings of the person allowing it to resist the urge to indulge in inordinate eating.

For alcoholism and substance abuse, acupuncture also helps the individual kick these nasty habits by neutralizing their addiction through the release of endorphins.  These feel-good chemicals satisfy the body’s need to feel good through natural means instead of experiencing it through harmful ways such as alcoholism and drugs.  The causes of alcoholism and drug addiction usually have psychological roots.  They may be caused by anger, disappointment, frustration, sadness, stress or loneliness.  With the help of a capable professional acupuncturist, individuals suffering these problems can be cured physically and emotionally and can go back to society leading normal happy lives again.

Acupuncture allows the body to heal itself in a natural and safe way.  It is used usually in conjunction with herbs and other therapeutic techniques such as oriental massage.