First let’s look at the Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary definition of allopathy which is: “a system of medical practice that aims to combat disease by use of remedies (as drugs or surgery) producing effects different from or incompatible with those produced by the disease being treated.” Basically we refer to allopathy as western medicine.
Next let’s look at what acupuncture is. Acupuncture is a 3,000-year-old healing technique of traditional Chinese medicine that has been documented and publicized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for its safety and effectiveness for a wide variety of conditions. Over the years, millions of people have turned to the benefits of acupuncture over western medicine to treat their various ailments. But what makes acupuncture a more attractive treatment than western medicine? To answer this question, we must examine how acupuncture works.
The process of acupuncture involves inserting hair-thin needles into certain pressure points on the body to maintain and correct a person’s flow of natural energy, stimulating the body’s natural healing processes, and promoting a healthy balance. This energy, known by ancient Chinese philosophy as qi (pronounced chee), is believed to flow through specific pathways throughout the body, called meridians. When these meridians become blocked, it disrupts the qi flow and can cause pain, illness, or lack of function in certain areas of the body. Relieving the blockage through acupuncture can cause a person to experience a wide range of benefits, including: reduced pain, improved sleep, enhanced digestion, feelings of wellness, and decreased stress.
While western medical techniques have changed the world by virtually eradicating certain diseases and introducing invaluable treatments for traumatic injuries, there are certain health problems that are not addressed particularly well through western medicine. In the case of many chronic disorders and diseases, western medicine only offers temporary relief from symptoms through medication or surgeries, leaving the underlying cause untreated. With that being said, many pharmaceutical drugs tend to have adverse side effects and can end up causing a patient to develop an entirely new problem, eventually creating more issues that were not present in the first place.
Western medicine takes a strategy of pinpointing symptoms in distinct parts of the body and treating them apart from one another, whereas eastern medicine techniques like acupuncture operate on the philosophy that no single ailment can be identified without taking into account how the different parts of the body interact with each other, ensuring that the parts of the body operate together in harmony.
Treatment with acupuncture needles is the most commonly used technique. However, other forms of treatment such as moxibustion (a form of heat therapy), or cupping (involving a suction technique used to manipulate the soft tissue releasing toxins), and Tui Na (a form of Chinese massage). The treatment may also involve dietary modification, nutritional supplements, and Chinese herbs.
In addition to its effectiveness in pain control, acupuncture has a proven track record for treating a variety of endocrine, circulatory, and systemic conditions. Today, acupuncture is receiving wide acceptance as a respected, valid and effective form of health care. According to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, 51 percent of medical doctors understand the efficacy and value of acupuncture, and medical doctors refer patients to acupuncturists more than any other alternative care provider.
If you are involved in a severe car accident, you want to be treated in a well-equipped and modern western hospital or clinic which will properly address your immediate concerns such as a concussion, broken bones, or blood loss. However, it might be more beneficial in the long run to follow-up with an acupuncturist after you are released from the care of your western doctors to address some of the issues caused by the accident, rather than just continue taking your pain medication.
Most modern medical approaches focus on treating or medicating the symptom, and in many cases the symptom or related symptoms may recur over time because “root” causes have not been effectively addressed. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) identifies the origin or “root” of the symptom and focuses on treating the root, thus eliminating the cause and resolving the symptom
I hope to see you soon to get to the root of your cause.
Tami L. Clark is a doctor of sacred and natural medicine and a NCCAOM Board Certified, licensed acupuncturist in the State of Colorado, as well as a Reiki master/teacher, a nationally certified auricular therapist, and a nationally certified biofeedback practitioner. She is also a mom of four great kids, a part-time ski instructor at Breckenridge Ski Resort, and has lived in the county for thirteen years.
About Tami Clark:
Tami L. Clark uses traditional Chinese Medicine along with dietary-lifestyle recommendations that are brought together with Reiki, acupuncture, and biofeedback for a relaxing and pain relief treatment. Her philosophy is to approach health from a whole body perspective, consisting of making recommendations for living a healthy lifestyle, bringing the mind and body in balance, and freeing you from discomfort so that you can live life to the fullest.