Friday, April 28, 2006

What is acupuncture? What can it do?

Q: What’s acupuncture & how does it work to treat diseases?
A: Acupuncture is a natural holistic approach of healing. With insertion of sterilized disposable needles into the acupuncture points to balance the qi (energy). If qi is too much, stagnant or too little, it will cause diseas
es. The right manipulation techniques adjust the qi to its appropriate conditions and enhance our body‘s immune system.

Q: What diseases can be treated with acupuncture?
A: Acupuncture has been proved - through controlled trials - to be effective for(*1):
•Adverse reactions to radio and/or chemotherapy•Dysmenorrhoea•Headache•Hypertension(HBP)•
Hypotension(LBP)•Stroke•Luekopenia •Sciatica•Rheumatoid Arthritis(RA)•Low back pain•Allergic rhinitis•Depression•Biliary colic•Periarthritis of shoulder•Neck pain•Nausea & Vomiting•Knee pain•Neck pain•Tennis elbow•Renal colic•Facial pain and etc.

Diseases for which therapeutic effect has been shown(*1): •Abdominal pain•Bronchial asthma•Cancer pain•Diabetes mellitus(NID)•Cholelithiasis•Facial spasm•Insomnia•Female infertility•Obesity•Herpes zoster•Hyperlipaemia•Chronic cholecystitis•Male sexual dysfunction•Meniere disease•Osteoarthritis•Polycystic ovary syndrome•Premenstrual syndrome•Neurodermatitis•Chronic ulcerative colitis•Alcohol, tobacco, opium, cocaine & heroine dependence•Sore throat•Tonsillitis•Raynaud syndrome•Female urethral syndrome•Schizophrenia•Gouty arthritis•Chronic prostatitis and etc.

Q: Is acupuncture safe?
A: Acupuncture has no side effects. There is minimal risk of organ penetration. The locations, angles as well as depth of insertions are closely observed to avoid injuries. Proper sterilization and disposable needles are used.

(*1): “Acupuncture: review and analysis of reports on controlled clinical trials”, WHO (World Health Organization) research paper. Geneva 2002. ISBN 92 4 154543 7 (NLM classification: WB 369)

Intro to Traditional Chinese Medicine

The Chinese have been seeking and utilizing solutions to treat illnesses and have discovered ways to live longer and healthier lives. The many works of ancient practitioners of their discoveries and findings eventually developed into Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The many disciplines of TCM (Herbal medicine, acupuncture and moxibustion, Chinese massage (Tuina), dietary therapy, Qigong, and living lifestyle) have been serving people with solutions to their health problems for more than 3,000 years. TCM is a highly sophisticated, well documented, researched and evidence-based medicine. One quarter of the world’s population use this Asian medicine. This professional medicine has been tested through time and time again – it’s the oldest and second largest medical system in the world. TCM treats and assesses each person as an individual; as opposed to modern medicine that treats on specific diseases or symptoms. TCM is non-invasive and provides suitable environment for the body’s natural ability to heal itself to its harmony and balance of the whole body. There are many theories of studies in TCM. Therefore, TCM has the ability to treat a wide spectrum of diseases.