Acupuncture In Healthcare
By Bernie Croteau, OTR/L
Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese
Medicine that has shown to be an effective form of treatment for injury,
disease and illness. The philosophy of acupuncture is based on the
premise that the human body is not only physical but has an energy
source as well. This life energy of the body is known as
"Chi". Its role is to regulate the bodys functions and
overall health. Chi circulates through the body along central pathways
known as meridians. A person in a healthy state is said to have a
"balanced Chi", while a person suffering an illness or injury
is said to have an "unbalanced Chi". Acupuncture is the
practice of correcting this energy flow through stimulation of specific
points by inserting small needles under the skin. The flow of
"Chi" is adjusted by applying pressure on these acupoints.
Acupuncturists treat a broad range of
disorders which may include chronic pain conditions such as muscle pain
and spasm, back pain, neck pain, arthritic pain, joint pain,
Fibromyalgia, RSD, headache syndromes and disorders if the GI tract and
circulatory system. Acupuncture has also been found effective in the
treatment of symptoms of emotional disorders such as insomnia and
depression. Acupuncture is often used in conjunction with other health
care disciplines and modalities.
Many insurance companies now include
coverage for acupuncture, although in some cases the provider must be a
physician. Acupuncture is regulated by the Board of Registration in
Medicine in each state and most states require licensure of the
Acupuncturist. In 1997, the National Institute of Health identified the
need for continued acupuncture research in order to include it as a
reliable therapeutic choice in Western Medicine!
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