I tried some traditional Chinese medicine a while back for my diabetes. Dr. Chin was both an M.D. and a Chinese herbalist. He suggested a combination of Western medicine and Chinese medicine to treat my diabetes. He gave me several different supplements that he sold right there in his office.
I’m not sure if the supplements helped me or not, as I very quickly got to the point where I couldn’t afford them. But I know several people who go see Chinese practitioners and they say that they have been helped enormously by them.
One friend gets regular acupuncture treatments for the pain from her arthritis. I’ve never had acupuncture treatments, but I have tried acupressure for my carpal tunnel syndrome and it works very well, but not for very long, a couple of hours at best.
Acupuncture began thousands of years ago in ancient China. It was, and still is, primarily used to relieve pain. It first came to national attention here in the United States during Nixon’s trip to China during the seventies.
The diplomats that accompanied Nixon watched a major operation performed on a lady with no anesthesia, just acupuncture. Later on, one of men who went on the trip had to have an emergency appendectomy and they did it with just the needles. This event led to more publicity and the practice quickly spread across the United States.
Recently, acupuncture has been shown effective in other areas than just relieving pain. Recently, it has been shown to help bolster the immune system. According to the Healthy Planet Magazine:
” Acupuncture is the original holistic medicine, and its main goal is to balance the electrical energy in the ENTIRE body. Acupuncture stimulates various electrically conductive points on the body that are found on pathways known as meridians. Illness or dis-ease occurs when there are blockages to this energy. By stimulating certain points, we open up the flow, and health can return.”
In acupuncture, the points line up to form meridians. These intersections of energy flow form a grid that covers the body. Sometimes these energy flows can become blocked, resulting in disease.
According to the Chinese, certain meridians correspond to certain organs in the body. The immune system seems to be influenced by the lung and large intestine meridians, as well as the liver, kidney, spleen, and stomach meridians.
Some acupuncture practitioners now use lasers instead of needles to accomplish the same effect. One thing’s for certain, with all of the colds and flu going around this winter, it’s especially important to keep your immune system as healthy as it can be.