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Acupuncture Essay

800 words - 4 pages

Acupuncture is considered to be a new alternative medicine in western society, and has recently become very popular in the United States (“All About Acupuncture”). Acupuncture is the insertion of hair-fine needles into the body’s surface, which is supposed to cause psychological effects on the body to cure the patient of an illness. These illnesses may be emotional mental or physical (Singer). But some doctors question the validity of this practice, and believe that acupuncture may be unsafe (Barrett).
     The first basis of acupuncture was probably first theorized by Shen Nung about 5000 years ago in a document called “Huang Di Nei Jing” (Singer). Shen Nung ...view middle of the document...

These needles can be placed between 15° and 90° angles depending on the treatment that is required. Also the needles may be raised, pushed, twirled or plucked (vibration of the needle) to cause sensations called “deqi” to correct the Qi imbalance in the body. Electrical currents may also be applied to the needles to allow stimulation at the acupuncture points. Acupuncture is often accompanied by acupressure and burning of herbs near the skin to help correct Qi imbalances (Singer).
     There are several different theories as to how acupuncture possibly works. First acupuncture might possibly cut pain off from reaching the spinal cord or the brain since many acupuncture points are located on neural structures. Also acupuncture could cause the body to produce a narcotic such as endorphins or opiods, which reduce pain (“All About Acupuncture”). Next acupuncture possibly effects the constrictions or dilating of blood vessels. Last acupuncture may even raise levels of hormones, white blood cells, and overall anti-body levels (Singer).
     Acupuncture can treat a variety of ailments. Arthritis, allergies, stomach pain, back pain, and neck pain are very commonly treated. Also acupuncture can treat emotional and psychological disorders, as well as addictions to drugs and alcohol; but acupuncture cannot get rid of the mental addictions to drugs and alcohol. Those who use acupuncture say that the treatments will help the patient...

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