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Article: U.S. Military approves use of acupuncture


What Is Acupuncture?

For thousands of years, acupuncture and herbal medicine have been considered standard healthcare in eastern societies. Even though it has been categorized by our western culture as "alternative," it is one of the oldest continuously practiced forms of medicine in the world.

Acupuncture works by reminding your system how to function at its optimal level. By stimulating certain acupuncture points, the imbalances in the body are resolved and energy blocks are removed. This results in better circulation, reduced inflammation and pain, a restoration of function, a vibrant immune system, and an improved sense of well-being.

An acupuncture treatmentGentle and patient focused, each acupuncture treatment typically lasts 30-50 minutes. During a treatment, fine, hair-thin, sterile needles are gently inserted into acupuncture points. These points run along pathways called meridians that transport “Qi,” or life force, throughout the body. These meridians relate to particular organs and their functions in addition to having specific physical, mental and emotional correspondences.

Treatments without needles:
There are many effective options for receiving acupuncture without needles. Some of the options include magnets, small press balls and acupressure.

Acupuncture is beneficial for many conditions:

Acne Digestive disorders PMS
Addiction Fibroids PTSD
Anxiety Fibromyalgia Rheumatism
Arthritis Heartburn (GERD) Sciatica
Asthma, bronchitis, cough Herpes Shingles
Back pain High blood pressure Skin conditions
Bell's palsy High cholesterol Smoking cessation
Cancer treatment side effects Infertility Sexual dysfunction
Carpal tunnel Insomnia Skin conditions
Chronic fatigue Menstrual disorders Stress & tension
Colds, flu & sinusitis Menopause Vertigo
Constipation, diarrhea Migraines Ulcers
Depression Pain & injury Weight loss

To learn more, read the National Institutes of Health (NIH) report on the clinical trials that proved that acupuncture is effective treatment for many of these conditions.