Acupuncture: An Option for Aches and Pains

By Tami Charbonnet

The Chinese have practiced acupuncture for thousands of years.  In the Western world, we often grimace at the idea of needles being inserted into our bodies, but we should consider acupuncture as a holistic approach to relieve aches and pains.

While most Western practitioners study the systems of the body, Eastern practitioners focus on a ìsystem of energetic meridians that course throughout the body.î (Hong Wellness Clinic) In acupuncture, there are specific pressure points allowing a pathway or connection to the bodyís energetic meridian or ìchi.î If we have pain, energy is considered negative and may be relieved by accessing specific pressure points with acupuncture.

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have found that each acupuncturist has a unique style and often combines aspects of Eastern and Western approaches to medicine.  To determine which acupuncture treatment will benefit you most, your practitioner may ask about your symptoms and lifestyle and examine:

• The parts of your body that are painful

• The shape, coating and color of your tongue

• The color of your face

• The strength, rhythm and quality of the pulse in your wrist

According to renowned holistic physician and author, Andrew Weil, M.D., the goal of acupuncture is to restore a balance of energy in the body and help relieve symptoms of serious disorders, including:

• Anxiety

• Depression

• Nausea and vomiting

• Rheumatoid arthritis

• Osteoarthritis

• Fibromyalgia

• Migraine headaches

• Fatigue

• Chronic lower back pain

• Dental pain