Acupuncture And Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture is one part of Chinese Medicine, and probably the most wellknown aspect. It is especially effective for many ailments. !
Yet the greater component of Chinese Medicine as practiced in China is Chinese Herbal Medicine. Chinese Herbal Medicine has been
time-tested through thousands of years of use, and has been shown effective both clinically and empirically against both acute and chronic ailments. !
In combination, acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine comprise a system of medicine that stands by
itself, just as Western Medicine stands by itself.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
The ancient Chinese believed that body was first and foremost a system of energy, what they called Chi, or Qi. They mapped out grids along the body, what they considered pathways of energy, or meridians. It was through these meridians that they believed the Qi flowed. The acupuncture points are along these meridians. It was thought that by putting acupuncture needles into these points, the Qi would be stimulated to flow better, and the person’s health would improve. Thousands of years of clinical work have shown that the Chinese were right.
What Is Chinese Medicine Good For?
That is like asking, “What is Western Medicine Good For?” The following is a partial list of what ailments Chinese Medicine is effective for:
- Infectious Diseases
- Colds, Coughs
- Low Back Pain
- Carpal Tunnel
- Women’s Health
- Digestive Disorders
- Skin Problems
- Immune Disorders
- Auto-Immune Disorders
- Chronic and Degenerative Ailments
- And Much, Much More….
How Many Treatments Does It Take?
Acupuncture, and Chinese Medicine in general, is understood to be a process. It is trying to stimulate the body’s own natural healing capabilities. Some people respond quickly, and others take more time. Common sense would dictate that the longer a person has had a condition, the longer it might take for it to reverse, though every so often, a person with a seemingly intractable problem responds very quickly. You should plan on a course of six to ten treatments to either affect a cure, relieve symptoms totally or partially, or to see no response. After this initial course of treatments, a blueprint can be determined as to how to proceed from there. !
Does Insurance Cover Acupuncture? Some do – it varies from company to company. If you have Empire Blue Cross or a different insurance within the Anthem network, you are covered, and Dr. Wayne is a provider, so you are only responsible for the co-pay. For other insurances, check with your carrier.