Wellness News 6-23
Sunday, December 9, 2007



ON PINS & NEEDLES: THE RISING USE OF ACUPUNCTURE

By Tanisha Coleman

The thought of puncturing the skin with needles seems like a frightening experience for many. However, according to Washington Afro American, more and more African Americans are seeking alternative means of maintaining healthy lifestyles and combating diseases through acupuncture and acupressure. I guess you can say they are on pins and needles!

Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical practices in the world. Created in China more than 2,500 years ago, acupuncture gained attention in this country in the 1970s and has been growing in popularity ever since.

Acupuncture is the practice of puncturing the skin with needles at certain anatomical points in the body to relieve specific symptoms associated with many diseases. Clinical studies presented by the National Institutes of Health have shown that acupuncture is an effective treatment for nausea caused by surgical anesthesia and cancer chemotherapy, as well as for dental pain after surgery.

The National Institutes of Health also found that acupuncture is useful by itself, or in combination with conventional therapies, to treat addiction, headaches, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma.

Many Americans seek acupuncture treatment for relief of chronic pain, such as arthritis or low back pain. However, acupuncture has expanded its uses. The thing to keep in mind is that acupuncture is not for everyone. Before you choose to see an acupuncturist, consult with your physician to discuss your current medical conditions, symptoms, and treatment options. Also, make sure you find an acupuncturist who is licensed with appropriate training and credentials.


Tanisha Coleman is a writer for Sonshine Communications.  This is article is courtesy of BlackPrWire.com.

 

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