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Traditional TCM
Acupuncture

by

Elias Lu, DTCM,

Acupuncture Physician

Point of Cure Acupuncture and Electromedicine

Tampa - Clearwater - St. Petersburg

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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture, an ancient healing practice rooted in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), has captivated the curiosity of people for centuries. It involves the insertion of thin sterile needles into specific points on the body.

 

TCM View

According to the traditional TCM theory, the body is traversed by a network of Meridians (Channels) through which Energy (Qi) flows. Each meridian corresponds to a group of organs or governs a particular functional system. An imbalance of Qi (too much, too little, or a blocked flow) causes dis-ease.

 

Acupuncture points are places where these Energy Meridians run close to the skin surface. Stimulating acupuncture points is believed to modulate the smooth flow of Qi, thereby promoting the body's self-healing ability.

 

Modern View

Modern research into acupuncture has provided valuable insights into its true mechanisms. Needle insertion is believed to stimulate the central nervous system and modulate the release of various neurotransmitters, hormones, and immune system components. These neurologic (as seen on MRI) and biochemical (as measured in blood and tissue) changes are postulated to be responsible for acupuncture’s healing properties.

 

Will it Hurt?

Contrary to popular belief, most people report minimal pain as the needle is inserted. Instead, they typically experience a sensation of pressure or ache in the treatment area. Additionally, needles may be manipulated, or mild electric current may be applied to them. Alternatively, acupuncture points can be stimulated by applying cold laser or pharmaceutical substances to the skin.

 

Is it Effective?

Acupuncture has demonstrated effectiveness in managing a wide range of conditions, including chronic pain, musculoskeletal disorders, migraines, nausea, and stress-related ailments. Its holistic approach resonates with many individuals seeking natural alternatives to conventional medical treatments.

 

How Many Treatments?

Many patients feel improvement after several treatments that may last for months. In some (rare) cases, simply two acupuncture treatments have provided permanent relief.

 

The Future

Despite its increasing integration into mainstream healthcare, acupuncture continues to face harsh skepticism. Critics often cite the lack of robust scientific research supporting acupuncture efficacy. Then there remains the perpetual problem with running placebo-controlled studies due to the invasive nature of acupuncture.

 

Can Acupuncture Replace Western Medicine?

Acupuncture is a complementary therapy and is not intended to replace Western medicine. Before trying acupuncture, a person should seek advice from a primary care provider.

 

The Bottom Line

Acupuncture’s ability to alleviate pain, promote relaxation, and enhance overall well-being has earned it a place worldwide. As research continues to unravel its mysteries, acupuncture holds promise as a valuable therapeutic modality for generations to come.

 

Acupuncture in Tampa Bay

Experience The Power of Touch with Point of Cure Acupuncture and Electromedicine! Sample acupuncture during our office drop-in hours (see our schedule for St. Pete) or book a house call to anywhere in the Tampa Bay area. Remember, you don’t need a problem to enjoy acupuncture!

References

Jabbari, A., Tabasi, S., & Masrour-Roudsari, J. (2019). Western medical acupuncture is an alternative medicine or a conventional classic medical manipulation. Caspian journal of internal medicine, 10(2), 239–240. https://doi.org/10.22088/cjim.10.2.239

 

Miller, D. W., Roseen, E. J., Stone, J. A. M., Gardiner, P., Olson, J., Rosen, S., Wayne, P., Davis, R., Coeytaux, R., & PCORI-SAR Stakeholder Group (2021). Incorporating Acupuncture Into American Healthcare: Initiating a Discussion on Implementation Science, the Status of the Field, and Stakeholder Considerations. Global advances in health and medicine, 10, 21649561211042574. https://doi.org/10.1177/21649561211042574

 

Olson J. L. (2018). Licensed Acupuncturists Join the Veterans Health Administration. Medical acupuncture, 30(5), 248–251. https://doi.org/10.1089/acu.2018.1298

Disclaimer

This article was generated with the help of an AI writing tool and should be used for informational purposes only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of the information provided. We recommend seeking qualified medical advice before acting upon the information presented.

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Dr. Elias Lu, DTCM is an acupuncture physician with Point of Cure Acupuncture and Electromedicine. In practice for over 25 years, he integrates traditional Chinese medicine with modern functional therapies to help people with chronic pain, trauma, neurodegenerative disorders, anxiety, depression, and many other life's challenges.

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