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Does Acupuncture Have Healing Powers?

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  • Yvonne Volante
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      You've been there. You've seen it either on TV, while
      accompanying a friend to the acupuncturist, or read a magazine
      article about it (complete with lots of photos). And you've
      always said, "No WAY will I EVER do this!"

      Acupuncture is, as you probably know, one of the olddest forms
      of medical healing. It originated in China, but has spread to
      Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Europe, and, of course, America.
      Different styles have developed over the centuries based on
      different opinions as to theory and technique.

      This might be the kind of thing you'd want to learn more about
      before you consider it; it's just not for some people. But
      whatever your decision, remember: To be well informed is to be
      educated. So let's get this all out in the open.

      First, there are a handful of different styles to consider:
      Talk to your practitioner about his or her particular style and
      learn as much as possible about the treatment. While the basic
      theoretical principles of acupuncture remain the same,
      different styles differ greatly in technique and diagnosis.
      There is no evidence that one particular style is more
      effective than another, but you should know what you're getting

      First, all practitioners of acupuncture use sterilized,
      stainless-steel needles. That's a requirement of the Board.
      Feeling a little easier about this? Now let's go through the
      different "types" of treat- ments available to you:

      Traditional Chinese Acupuncture -- This is the most common form
      of acupuncture studied and practiced in the United States.
      Needles are applied to the skin's surface, but it is not an
      invasive procedure at all. The corresponding "pressure" or
      "power" points in the body are affected, depending on your
      particular ailment.

      Japanese Style Acupuncture - This procedure takes a more subtle
      route. Fewer and thinner needles are used, but there is less
      stimulation to the affected areas of the body that need

      Korean Hand Acupuncture - Pressure points in the hand
      correspond to areas of the body and to certain dis- harmonies
      in the body, thereby relieving it of stress and re-energizing
      that particular affected area.

      Auricular Acupuncture - The ear's involved here. Pres- sure
      points in your ear also correspond to areas of the body. This
      system is generally used for pain control and drug, alcohol and
      nicotine addictions.

      Medical Acupuncture - This is the "Western" form of the ancient
      art, whereby medical doctors perform the procedure in their
      offices on an outpatient basis. It is certainly gaining in
      popularity, and physicians who practice this must, as all
      acupuncturists, meet the requirements to practice.

      First, always choose a physician who is a member of the
      American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. This requires a
      minimum of 200 hours of training.

      Today, this practice is definitely an acknowledged and
      respected field of medicine that requires formal training and
      certification in order to practice. In fact, in most states,
      provinces and countries, it is considered a surgical procedure
      that, legally, may ONLY be performed by a licensed doctor

      Acupuncture and Oriental medicine is an art and a science that
      takes years to master. While any doctor can stick needles into
      your top layer of skin, for a positive, professional
      experience, find an acupuncturist with experience treating a
      similar condition (with acupuncture) as yours.

      Still unsure? Again, ask questions, get information, and make
      your own decision. It just may open a whole new world of
      alternative healing for you.

      About The Author: Yvonne Volante, the author, is a big fan of
      acupuncture and wellness and writes for feacupuncture.com,
      which is the premier acupuncture resource on the internet. You
      can see all of the articles over at

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