Acupuncture is one of the ancient healing arts developed thousands of years ago in the ancient Chinese civilization. As one of the pillars of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture is an effective therapy that is currently gaining a wider acceptance in Western Medicine to treat and lessen symptoms of conditions such as headaches, labor pain, fibromyalgia, chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting and menstrual cramps, to name a few (Mayo Clinic, 2016). The World Health Organization has also recognized 40 conditions for which acupuncture treatment is effective (UCSF, 2012).
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recognizes acupuncture's ability to manage chronic pain efforts, although it maintains the politically correct skepticism and inconclusive statements; I personally wonder if this has anything to do with the fact that it is much more cost effective than prescribing drugs to manage pain...
As for me-as you can see-I am a believer! I was introduced to acupuncture by a dear friend (you can check out her website at www.AuriannaJoy.com) who sought healing in Eastern Medicine after discovering shortcomings of Western Medicine to simply manage the symptoms rather than treat and heal the cause of disease. She found truth and healing in acupuncture and shared that with me.
I have now been experiencing the healing effects of acupuncture for the past 6 years and am grateful to the healing benefits it offers. I can always feel my qi (that's the TCM term for energy) flowing during treatment sessions and leave feeling either refreshed or relieved, as if weight is lifted from my shoulders. For me, the mental and emotional aspect of healing that acupuncture provides is just as, if not more valuable than the physical healing it assists. Anxiety, depression, pent-up emotions from many years in the past, these are just a few of the conditions that are released with the use of acupuncture.
Feel free to learn more using the Western and Eastern Medicine links posted below, and leave a comment or ask a question if you like. Cheers!