History Behind Acupuncture in Boynton Beach, FL.

by Dr. Nelya de Brun, AP, DAOM on November 29, 2012

Acupuncture in Boynton BeachThe Chinese, throughout its history, have introduced a lot of inventions that modern man uses or have built upon. One of these is the continuing practice of traditional Chinese medicine – medical practices that share common theoretical and practical concepts based on a tradition expanding more than 2,000 years. Traditional Chinese medicine is an alternative medicine that mostly involves herbal remedies, dietary therapy using Chinese herbs prepared by herbalists as well as massage, exercise and acupuncture.

The ancient Chinese concept of disease does not strongly differentiate between cause and effect, but instead generally view diseases as an imbalance of the functions or interactions between the human body and the environment. Acupuncture therapy, in this regard, hopes to identify the pattern of disharmony. Examining the patient’s smell of breath, his quality of breathing, as well as his pulse-points, voice and tongue in order to determine which pattern is at hand, acupuncture physicians hope to encourage the body to promote natural healing and improve its functioning. This is achieved by stimulating acupuncture points in precise areas, by either the use of acupuncture needles, or by electrical or heat stimulation, or by manual pressing.

Traditional acupuncturists start the acupuncture therapy by observing the patient, asking him or her about their health and habits in order to make a proper diagnosis. Following traditional Chinese medicine practices, this will involve inspection, auscultation and olfaction, inquiring and/or palpation.

Using inspection, the traditional acupuncturist observes the face of the patient, particularly his tongue. The absence or presence of teeth marks, together with an analysis of the patients’ tongue characteristics (size, shape, color, tension and coating) will help the acupuncturist determine an initial pattern.

The practitioner may spend a few minutes in the session to listen for particular sounds (wheezing such as in asthma attacks), as well as discerning the patient’s body odor. This is auscultation and olfaction respectively.

Appetite and thirst, perspiration, pain, sleep, defecation and urination, chills and fever, menses and leucorrhea are telling signs too for traditional acupuncturists. These are called, in traditional Chinese medicine, as the “seven inquiries”.

By palpation, the practitioner feels the patient’s pulses and tends his body’s A-shi points, reflexive points usually associated with pain syndromes.

Modern man adapted the above traditional techniques, with great effect. An initial consultation not different from the traditional one is made, focusing primarily on the inspection of the tongue and taking of the pulse of both arms. While clinical practice vary around the world, scientific studies have concluded that acupuncture is best in treating neurological problems, particularly in stroke rehabilitation and ease of different types of pain.

Following in the so-called footsteps of acupuncture is acupressure, another alternative medicine that blends elements of acupuncture and pressure. Practitioners apply pressure to acupuncture points by the hand or the elbow, using a variety of devices.

Famous people around the world have embraced acupuncture and its benefits to man. International organizations, too, admit some if not all of acupuncture’s advantages. For instance, the NCCAM (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine) has continued its pro-acupuncture recommendations, while the WHO (World Health Organization), the United States’ National Health Institute and the UK’s National Health Service do not discount its claims. Acupuncture’s greatest effectiveness appears to be in symptomatic control of pain and nausea.



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