Classical Chinese Acupuncture and Western Medical Acupuncture Miami
Acupuncture Miami is an important component of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that treats a patient using filiform needles inserted at strategic points in the body for the relief of pain and for other health purposes. An ancient Chinese medical art that is around 5,000 years old, acupuncture is now one of the most popular forms of alternative medicines in the world.
Western medical acupuncture (WMA) evolved shortly after acupuncture was introduced in the West, particularly, the United States in the 1970s. The traditional type of acupuncture called classical Chinese acupuncture (CCA) is grounded on the philosophies of Naturalism and Taoism, the latter whose founder is Lao Tse, also came from China. CCA believes that the body’s health is controlled by the opposing but complementary energies of yin and yang. These two energies comprise the person’s chi (vital force or life energy) which is similar to electricity’s positive and negative properties. Yin and yang energy needs to relatively balance each other to maintain good health. Imbalances between these two lead to pain and sickness. Acupuncture uses needles that are inserted in some of the identified 2000 acupuncture points in the body to correct these imbalances and reestablish the normal flow of chi in the meridians.
In contrast, the concepts of acupuncture points, chi, yin/yang and meridians among others are not used in WMA. Instead, WMA bases its rationale on the Western scientific disciplines of biochemistry, physiology and anatomy and believes that the accurate placement of needles activates the central nervous system to produce and secrete endorphins and other chemicals that help strengthen the immune system and remove pain.
There are also differences in how the needles are placed and the amount of needles needed for treatment. WMA utilizes lesser amounts of needles than CCA and also less time needed leaving the needles in the patient’s body. One would think that many doctors and other professional health care providers are now practicing acupuncture treatment on some of their patients that skepticism of the efficacy of the acupuncture treatment would vanish. Not so, in fact there are many skeptics of acupuncture in either form. These people remain skeptical even after countless studies and recorded cases of how acupuncture therapy is responsible for life altering results. Because of acupuncture, many people today have been able to enjoy good health and manage very well their chronic pain in a safe and natural way, have been able to stop their addictions, overcome extreme negative emotions and stress and have their infertility treated all without the use of drugs.
WMA believes that besides endorphins, steroids are also released during treatment that decrease swelling and that WMA is much more effective at managing pain than any drugs Western pharmaceutical corporations have produced.