Many people get acupuncture treatments for pain, but what they do not know is that acupuncture is also very effective for internal medicine. Chinese internal medicine takes a holistic look at the individual, not their disease or diagnosis. It deals with aspects of the mind, body and spirit that can help patients gain and maintain an optimal state of health and well-being. Drawing upon 2,000 years of case histories, acupuncture and Chinese medicine practitioners employ unique approaches to identify the root causes of health issues. Here are a few examples.
By integrating acupuncture and herbal medicine, we can significantly reduce cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States and includes conditions like hypertension, coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, heart attacks, irregular heartbeats and congenital heart disease. Prevention techniques include managing hypertension and cholesterol, eating healthy, quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, increasing physical activity, reducing stress and improving sleep.
Acupuncture is extremely effective in treating digestive issues, which are linked to stress and the body’s ability to deal with it. Because the aim of acupuncture is to balance the body’s systems, acupuncture can be used to balance the digestive system in cases of diarrhea, constipation, acid reflux and irritable bowel disorder. Also, Chinese herbal medicine is used very effectively in the complementary treatment of side effects that are encountered when patients undergo chemotherapy treatment.
Acupuncture is known to regulate spiritual, mental, emotional and physical balance. In the matter of infertility problems, acupuncture tends to be very successful with couples that have had difficulties conceiving by allowing the body to cross over to a state that is more receptive for conception or for IVF treatment. Acupuncturists make recommendations for healthy diets and herbal formulations that help to heal the cause of fertility issues and to enhance treatment for men and women.
Common urinary issues treated by acupuncture and herbal medicine include urinary incontinence, frequent urination, neurogenic bladder and recurrent urinary tract infections. Acupuncture and herbal medicine can also be effective for men suffering from restricted urinary flow as a result of benign prostatic hypertrophy.
When treating the endocrine system, which produces 30 distinct hormones that control physical growth, mood, reproduction, mental functions and the immune system, acupuncture can help restore hormonal balance, regulate energy levels, smooth emotions and help manage sleep and menstrual problems. Treatments take all symptoms into account and are aimed at balancing the energy in our bodies, optimizing our health, restoring immune function and balancing the production and release of hormones. A healthy endocrine system that produces adequate amounts of hormones will slow the aging process and keep us vibrant and healthy as we age.
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