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S O U L OAS I S S PA ACUPUNCTURE POKING AROUND FOR HOLISTIC HEALTH /// BY AMANDA HAWLEY 28 Acupuncture is a holistic healing modality often practiced in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM is a three-thousand-year-old medical practice of China which is beginning to complement today’s (Western) medicine more and more. In the United States, more than twelve million people use TCM practitioners, and accounts for more than one billion dollars of activity, 75 per cent of which goes for acupuncture. Innovative Health - Summer 2016 care programs,” which is great news for practitioners in the Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) field, and those that choose to seek alternative paths to healing. The medical use of acupuncture has significant scientific research proving its effectiveness, and is the primary TCM intervention used in America today. And, because of its growing validity, it’s acceptingly becoming more prevalent and recognized as an effective healing modality. Chronic pain is one of the most researched conditions for which acupuncture has been proven to be beneficial. Other conditions that have been studied to prove acupuncture an effective “alternative” include: Arthritis, back and neck pain, immune disorders, substance abuse recovery, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), fibromyalgia, and many others. The use of acupuncture during pregnancy has also been recognized to provide relief from the “dis-ease” (morning sickness, back pain, headaches, etc.) that sometimes accompany pregnancy. Because side effects are minimal and there are no chemicals involved, it is becoming more of a common “go-to” for those who want to avoid Compared to the cost of many medical treatments practiced in the U.S., alternative and holistic therapies are usually more cost effective. One study found that complementary medicine was between 53 and 63 per cent less expensive than conventional medicine for achieving equivalent levels of effectiveness in various conditions like osteoarthritis and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier, author of The Best Alternative Medicine, states that “Hospitals and HMOs are increasingly including MindBody components to their managed using drug therapy (and other invasive medical treatments). WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE? Acupuncture is the practice of using (sterile, disposable) hair-thin needles at any of 360 specific points in the body. These specific points are found along 14 major pathways (aka energy meridians), most of which are associated with specific organs. So, depending on the condition being treated, different points and pathways might be used to rebalance the flow of qi. WHAT THE QI? Qi (pronounced chee) has been defined as “the vital life energy that is said to animate all living organisms.” At times, this vital life energy can become “blocked,” or stagnant (aka an excess – or deficiency – of qi), so the goal of acupuncture is to rebalance this, and allow the body to heal itself. Some Western medical experts believe acupuncture works by triggering endorphins, neurotransmitters, and neuropeptides that can affect mood, energy, immunity, and provide pain-relief. Some researchers have even


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