Wednesday, October 15, 2008

What Can Acupunture Cure?

By Bi Kun tan

Increasingly, patients in the west are becoming familiar with ancient Chinese and Indian medicines, one example of which is acupuncture. Unfortunately, most people seem to think of acupuncture only as a last resort, although the World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes it as a primary cure for a variety of complaints.

Generally, people think of acupuncture as a cure for pain. While this is true, pain is not the only case where acupuncture can be helpful. There are over 40 diseases for which the WHO recommends acupuncture treatment, including: TMJ, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, fibromyalgia, and migraines.

Among the ailments that acupuncture is recommended for are a variety of digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome and acid reflux. Acupuncture offers help for everyone from asthmatics to people with kidney stones. Women especially may benefit from acupuncture in cases of morning sickness and PMS.

Those suffering from brain disorders, depression, anxiety, or insomnia can benefit from acupuncture. In fact, properly administered, acupuncture can be used to treat almost any disease. People have begun to realize its many benefits and acupuncture institutes are springing up everywhere to train practitioners.

The benefits of acupuncture are so far-ranging that it is hard to sum them up in one short article. Basically, all of the major systems of the body: digestive, neurological, respiratory, urinary, reproductive, immune, musculosketetal, and circulatory can be helped with acupuncture treatment, as well as emotional problems and addictions.

Many people choose acupuncture as a preventive medicine or because their illness is too small for other Western medicines to cure. This proves extremely beneficial when one wants to get rid of a small nagging pain or wants to get refreshed and rejuvenated

A major reason that acupuncture has taken hold in the west is that many people have discovered its benefits for reproductive health. Many people who struggle with impotence, PMS, or infertility have turned to acupuncture for help. Once acupuncture has helped a couple conceive, it can also help a mother-to-be cope with morning sickness!

This article has only begun to list some of the many disorders than can be treated using acupuncture. From this beginning, there should be no doubt that acupuncture is a powerful tool that has an important role to play in modern healthcare.

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