Acupuncture For Cynics

Acupuncture For Cynics

Have You Always Been Curious About Acupuncture, But Were Never Quite Sure Where To Stick The Needles? If you associate acupuncture with needles, pain and weird alternative medicine then you are horribly misinformed about the benefits of the world's oldest form of medicinal treatment.

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Acupuncture has been used as a traditional method of healing in China for the last five thousand years. The intent is to bring about a balance between positive and negative (yin-yang) energy which travels throughout the body by means of pathways called meridians (Crockett 1996). It involves the insertion of thin needles into the body at precise points along these meridians these needles are sometimes jiggled to increase the healing effect (Crockett 1996). While some techniques of Western acupuncture are similar to traditional Chinese acupuncture, the healing paradigm it is based on is consistent with a biomedical understanding of health, illness, and the body rather than with the health and healing ideology that underpins traditional Chinese medicine. For instance, medical research has linked acupuncture points to certain types of nerve endings and demonstrated that needling causes the release of natural pain killers (Vickers 1993 120).

Is There An Alternative Therapy Type

The people who spoke with me ranged in age from twenty-six to fifty-nine years, with fourteen of them falling between forty-one and fifty-nine years of age. This age distribution is similar to findings reported in the literature on alternative therapy use in the West up until the mid-1990s. In Canada, research shows that usership of alternative health care is distributed over the lifespan however, the majority of those participating in alternative therapies are aged between thirty and forty-five years (Blais 2000 Wellman 1995). Similarly, in the US, Glik (1988) concludes that participation in alternative therapies is most frequent among the middle-aged. For example, Eisenberg et al. (1993 248) found that the use of unconventional therapy in the US is significantly more common among people twenty-five to forty-nine years of age than in any other age groups. In a later study, Eisenberg et al. (1998) report that most users of alternative therapies fall in the thirty-five to fifty year...

How To Clean Sterilize Equipment

Many infectious diseases, such as AIDS (see p. 399), hepatitis (see p. 172), and tetanus (see p. 182), can be passed from a sick person to a healthy person through the use of syringes, needles, and other instruments that are not sterile (this includes the instruments used for piercing ears, acupuncture, tattoos, or circumcision). Many skin infections and abscesses also start because of this. Any time the skin is cut or pierced, it should only be done with equipment that has been sterilized.

Alternative Practitioners and Alternative Health Centres

Then I heard about the Wellness Centre I talked to a couple of the therapists at the Wellness Centre and a few other people I know, massage therapists, aromatherapists, shiatsu therapists, acupuncture, to see which route I was going to go with this and I had decided to go with acupuncture.

Antidepressants in Broader Context

Besides antidepressants, anticonvulsants 12 , herbal remedies (Hypericum perforatum 13 ), acupuncture, exercise, sleep deprivation, and other complementary therapies have also been successfully used in the treatment of depression, although the evidence of efficacy is rather scarce 14 . Despite the ''monoaminergic dogma,'' there are still other pharmacological approaches to target depression. Dysregulation of the

Adopting A Healer Identity

Points that motivated them to become practitioners in their own right. For instance, after experiencing successful acupuncture treatments, Simon made the decision to leave medical school and train to become an acupuncturist I was on every kind of muscle relaxant, painkiller, sleep aid, everything. Nothing was working. I was taking them by the handfuls. My chiropractor also does acupuncture so we tried acupuncture and within two weeks I was off all the medications and I said 'You know, I'm going into this field' and that's what I did. Said goodbye to formal education and mainstream medicine and went into the alternative.

Using Alternative Therapies A Deviant Identity

The use of alternative therapies as deviant behaviour is neglected as an area of research, despite the fact that people who use so-called unorthodox therapies have consistently been ridiculed (Johnson 1999 Leech 1999 Miller et al. 1998 Moenkhoft et al. 1999), and their pursuit of these therapies described as irrational or deviant illness behaviour (Cassee 1970 389-91) by researchers, medical professionals, and others. For example, Hare (1993 40) equates a patient's disclosure of her use of acupuncture to her doctor with the Catholic confessional, and the use of alternative therapies with a sin that must be absolved She is confessing to her physician who absolves her, even confessing his own foray into the domain of the 'other.' Further, Furnham and Smith (1988 689 Furnham and Beard 1995) suggest that the people they studied who visited homeopaths displayed more neuroses than those visiting a general practitioner, leading them to speculate that people who use alternative therapies may...

Implications For Health Policy

Moreover, the RCT method is ill equipped for the evaluation of alternative therapies (Balon et al. 2001a). For example, researchers have pointed out the difficulty of securing agreement about standard forms of treatment, given that individualized treatment is an essential component of the means by which these approaches effect healing, according to the people I spoke with, alternative practitioners, and other lay users of alternative therapies (Lowenberg 1992 Jobst 2000 Meade et al. 1990 1431 Veal 1998). Nahin and Straus (2001) add that standardization is complicated by the fact that there are multiple schools of the same therapy in existence (i.e., Western versus Chinese schools of acupuncture) that have divergent beliefs about treatment regimes based on conflicting healing paradigms. An additional problem in the positivistic assessment of the efficacy of these forms of health care is that despite claims that allopathic and alternative approaches are beginning to converge, there...

Chinese Herbal Medicine

There are four main categories of Chinese medicine Chinese herbalism, Chinese food cures, Chinese acupuncture, and Chinese manipulative therapies (Lu 1991). They all rest on the assumption that all things in the animate and inanimate world are dynamic interactions (Porkert and Ullmann 1988 73). In terms of health, Chinese medicine sees the individual as a constellation of energy rather than a physical body which is inhabited by a soul or spirit (Porkert and Ullmann 1988 84). Disease is conceptualized as a disturbance in the harmonious balance of energy that constitutes the human being (Porkert and Ullmann 1988). Among the causes of disease are external factors (wind, cold, summer heat, dampness, dryness, and fire), internal factors (joy, anger, worry, thought, sadness, fear, and shock), and two other causes which are neither internal nor external, fatigue and foods (Lu 1991 31). Herbal decoctions2 in conjunction with other modalities within Chinese medicine, serve to restore harmony...

Alternatives to hormone therapy including complementary treatments

Although over 85 of women experience hot flushes, most women find that their symptoms resolve or improve over two to five years. More than 30 of women use complementary and alternative measures, such as acupuncture, natural estrogen, herbal supplements, and plant estrogens to control symptoms. Most studies of menopausal interventions demonstrate a 20-30 improvement in the symptoms of the placebo groups regardless of whatever method is chosen for the intervention.63 This high rate of resolution of symptoms makes it imperative that methods that purport benefit be subjected to careful scrutiny. Acupuncture

What Are Alternative Therapies

In addition, from the perspective of medical professionals, alternative therapy refers to those approaches that fall outside of medical practice (Kelner and Wellman 2000). More specifically, that a particular therapy has not been legitimated by the medical community. For example, Knipchild et al. (1990 626) analysed general practitioners' beliefs about the effectiveness of alternative therapies and found that many Dutch GPs believe in the efficacy of common alternative procedures including acupuncture, manual therapy, and homeopathy. However, some alternative therapies, such as iridology and astrological healing, were not seen as credible in the eyes of the general practitioners they studied. They write Manual therapy in the Netherlands is generally not considered alternative medicine any more. No less than 80 believes sic it to be efficacious in the treatment of patients with chronic neck or back problems (Knipchild et al. 1990 625). A similar distinction is made by Leech (1999), a...

Tarique Qayumi

Treatment in Chinese medicine was classified into five methods cure the spirit, nourish the body, give medications, treat the whole body, and use acupuncture and moxibustion. The actual process of these treatments ranges from eating the right foods in the right seasons (nourishing the body) to controlling harmony in the body through needles (acupuncture). Surgery, however, is not one of the preferred means of treatment. In the Chinese medical canon, the Nei Ching, surgery is only touched upon twice once as a last means when all other therapies fail, and another time concerning the treatment of ulcers The fairest treatment is to weigh and to consider careful removal, as well as cutting and scooping out exposed and spoiled particles. In fact, in the order of medical practitioners, the surgeons ranked only above the veterinarians, while the pharmacologist came first, the dietary physician second, and the family physician third. In the Far East, the Chinese dominated medicine in ancient...

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Also, when theory is induced from diverse data, the researcher is less likely to impose his her perceptions of reality on the phenomena at hand (Glaser and Strauss 1967 239). Thus the rigour of this study was enhanced through the use of a variety of sources of information in addition to the primary interview data. This information complements the interview data in a variety of ways (Shaffir and Stebbins 1991). For example, my own experiences as a user of alternative therapies provides me with insider awareness that reinforces the validity of this research (Douglas 1976). Further, the participant observation I conducted gave me a deeper familiarity with the various alternative therapies these informants used and practised, including acupuncture, aromatherapy, astrological healing, bagua, Chinese herbal medicine, chiropractic, Christian Science medicine, creative visualization, crystal healing, ear candling, Feldenkrais method, herbal medicine, homeopathy, hypnotherapy, massage,...

Cyanide Poisoning

Treatment Discontinue ddl and or cl4T and replace with non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor such as nevirapine. Analgesics, narcotics, tricyclic antidepressants, gabapentin, or alternative therapies such as acupuncture may be effective in treating peripheral neuropathy.