Self Health Care

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What do the Chinese know that we don’t?

Although pain comes with a physical component, the mind has a vital role to play. One of the oldest medical treatments in the world is acupuncture. As one of the cornerstones of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practised for several thousand years, it works by stimulating specific points in the body using thin needles. Whereas the West relies on painkillers like Ultram to get results, TCM adopts a holistic approach to heal the whole person. It’s applied to relieve pain arising from a wide number of causes and it has the key advantage that, unlike western medications, it has no adverse side effects so long as it is delivered by a trained professional. In the U.S. the FDA regulates the needles and specifies the manufacturing standards to be applied to produce sterile, non-toxic products. In fact, millions of people in the U.S. use acupuncture and the FDA has almost no reports of problems other than those arising from the failure of sterilization procedures. So far, the use of painkillers like Ultram continues as the norm. But, as an alternative to or alongside physical therapy, there is an increasing acceptance of TCM by Americans. With the right practitioner to give you confidence, acupuncture is worth serious consideration.

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