Monday, July 9, 2012

The Specifics of Acupuncture

Many articles in the news today about acupuncture report the benefits towards specific ailments. For example, recent news articles say that acupuncture may be beneficial to treat heart disease. While I recognize that these articles are beneficiary towards the practice, they are misleading in the sense that they imply that acupuncture can only treat this or that.

While the truth is that acupuncture and herbs can be applied to almost any medical ailment. Short of medical emergencies, when it is my opinion that Western medicine is superior, acupuncture can successfully treat most medical complications. Acupuncture and herbal treatments are broad and diverse, and the aim is to alleviate symptoms and to cure the source of the problem. It is a medical field which has existed for millennia, and can be used to treat just about anything.

The main goal of medicine in general is to maintain health. A lot of this is preventative. For example, if a doctor tells you you have high blood pressure, but it's only slightly high. The right course is to change your diet and potentially take some herbs and get acupuncture. In most cases, the high blood pressure can be decreased this way. However, most Western doctors prescribe HBP medications which alter the body's abilities to moderate blood pressure on its own. This only makes the problem worse because you are now dependent on that medication.

The purpose of acupuncture, herbs and other healing modalities is to regulate your body's system so as to make you self sufficient. If you have a long standing chronic medical condition, it may take longer to do this. But your body will not become reliant on acupuncture or herbs,
in the same way that you will be reliant on Western drugs.

Western medicine, for all its innovations and advancements, creates a reliance. That reliance translates into dollars. It is the healthcare system, which IMO needs some major adjustments.

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