Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Continue to Grow In Popularity in the United States
More and more people are beginning to use acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in the United States each year. It is a go-to treatment for conditions that Western medicine has had little success in treating. TCM treatments are grounded on the mystical principle that a cosmic energy known as chi, circulates throughout the body. When this circulation is disrupted, the result is illness and pain.
TCM and acupuncture bring back the normal flow of chi in the body which leads to the curing of the illness and the self healing of the body. by inserting needles into certain acupoints on the outside of the ear or on the body, acupuncturists attempt to restore the normal flow of chi. Recently, medical authorities have challenged the long held belief that TCM and acupuncture are free of risk even if these traditional treatment are deemed as very safe, having no or few risks or side effects.
Acupuncture treatments have been seen to have certain risks. Poor needle handling and improper needle manipulation can lead to localized bleeding (hematoma), punctured lung, fainting, localized infections, and convulsions. Besides that unclean needles can cause Hepatitis B infection. Additional risks include skin diseases and nerve damage. But as with any other medical treatment, if done by a qualified licensed practitioner/physician, acupuncture is a practically risk-free treatment.
The US Food and Drug Administration has not yet fully approved TCM and acupuncture standards but then again this organization has often manifested a hostility towards natural healing methods and so this fact shouldn’t come as a surprise. It goes without saying that acupuncture needles should never be used more than once. The problem is a lot “traditional” doctors perceive the process in becoming a certified acupuncturist as a sham and is geared more towards raking in money by exploiting the patient’s desperation who cannot find resolution of their condition using Western conventional modes of treatment.
This has caused the National Council Against Health Fraud to state that acupuncture is an unproven treatment modality whose procedure is unproven and backward and any improvement associated with this treatment is due to the patient’s own expectations and merely the result of the placebo effect.
Unlike acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, on the other hand, has unexpectedly seen in a positive light by some researchers. It has been shown in studies that herbal remedies rarely have any negative reactions. These herbs are seen as much safer than almost all types of pharmaceutical medications. Traditional and modern herbal remedies are now commercially sold for treatment of various kinds of conditions.
Chinese herbal formulas are used to treat a diverse range of health problems including addictions like alcoholism and smoking; respiratory diseases such as asthma and COPD; allergic conditions, gynecological problems; digestive and immunity disorders; and for pain.
One of the best things about Chinese herbal medicine is its virtual zero risk when used by pregnant women to help them with their pregnancy problems.
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