A Bird’s Eye View on Chinese Medicine
A lot of people have heard about acupuncture and its amazing effects on pain reduction, but Chinese medicine is actually really effective in a wide range of health issues, chronic or acute, external or internal. This is one of the oldest medicines (at least 2500 years old) that is practiced at all levels worldwide, and it continues to attract new patients every day because of its holistic nature and effectiveness.
In the language of western medicine, researchers believe that acupuncture stimulates the central nervous system as well as the peripheral nervous system, which release chemicals to the brain, spinal cord, and the affected tissues. These chemicals alter the experience of pain, and stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being.
For instance, in a well-known clinical study presented by the National Institute of Health (NIH) acupuncture was shown to be an effective treatment for nausea caused by surgical anesthesia and cancer chemotherapy, as well as for dental pain after surgery. In addition, the NIH has also found that acupuncture is useful by itself or in conjunction with conventional therapies to treat addiction, headaches, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthrities, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, asthma, and to assist in stroke rehabilitation.
In a nutshell, the spirit of Chinese medicine seeks to restore balance and harmony within an individual and between an individual and the environment. Just like crops flourishing in a properly drained and sufficiently irrigated field, our well-being depends on the smooth flow of energy inside and having the appropriate exchange of energy with the environment. Applied in practice, Chinese medicine is very effective in treating any dis-ease as mundane as cold and flu to metabolic syndrome and autoimmune diseases.
Chinese medicine is not just a philosophy, but an applied philosophy borne from thousands of years of application with a wealth of accumulated experiences and results.
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