Dr. Jun Wei R.Ac DTCM
What conditions do acupuncture treat?
In the hands of a well-trained and experienced practitioner, acupuncture has much broader applications beyond pain relief. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of common illnesses including:
- Upper Respiratory Tract
Common cold and flu
- Respiratory System
Bronchial asthma (Most effective in children and uncomplicated conditions.)
- Eye Disorders
Central retinitis myopia (in children)
Cataracts (without complications)
- Mouth Disorders
Post extraction pain
Acute and chronic pharyngitis
- Gastrointestinal Disorders
Spasms of esophagus
Acute and chronic gastritis
Chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief)
Acute duodenal ulcer (without complications)
Acute and chronic colitis
Acute bacillary dysentery
- Neurologic and Musculoskeletal Disorders
Headache and migraine
Facial palsy (early stage, i.e., within 3-6 months)
Pareses following a stroke
Sequelae of poliomyelitis (early stage, i.e., within 6 months)
Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
Nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting)
Low back pain
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Back and knee pain
Sports injuries and pains
- Reproductive & Gynecological Conditions
Dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramps)
Spotting and excessive bleeding
Amenorrhea (loss of menstrual period)
- Mental Emotional Problems
The World Health Organization Interregional Seminar compiled the above list of illnesses that may benefit from acupuncture treatment. The list is only a partial list and is based on clinical experience, and not necessarily on controlled clinical research. The inclusion of specific diseases are not meant to indicate the extent of acupuncture's efficacy in treatment, since all conditions may vary in severity and response.
Source: World Health Organization. Viewpoint on Acupuncture. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization, 1979.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the gentle insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body. This process stimulates movement of energy within the body, allowing natural healing to take place. These points are selected based on over 3,000 years of experience in China.
Modern medical science finds that acupuncture helps to prevent illness by improving the overall functioning the body's immune and organ systems.
Acupuncture is helpful for:
Treating existing illnesses and injuries.
Preventing both recurrence of illnesses and new illness.
Improving overall health.
How does Acupuncture work?
Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory
The Classical Chinese explanation is that energy (Qi) flows in channels (meridians) throughout the body and over its surfaces. These channels are rivers of energy, which are referred to as meridians. The Chinese have identified 71 meridians in the human body, which is a basic energy map for all people. The meridians are often compared to a series of interconnected highways. Each of the major organs in the body is associated with its own meridian. Through the network of meridians, the internal organs are connected to certain areas and parts of the body including: the muscles, bones, joints, and also other organs.
The Chinese believe that health is a manifestation of balance, both within the body itself and between the body and the external environment. When the body is internally balanced and in harmony with the external environment, Qi flows smoothly through the meridians to nourish the organs and tissues. If an obstruction occurs in one of the meridians, the Qi is disrupted and cannot flow properly. When the Qi cannot flow smoothly or is forced to flow in the opposite direction, the body's innate balance is disrupted and illness results.
Acupuncture points are the specific points on the meridians wherethe Qi is both concentrated and accessible. Acupuncture engages the Qi by inserting needles at these specific points, the goal being to restore the proper flow of Qi. As the body regains its natural balance, well-being returns.
Acupuncture and Modern Science
To the human body, acupuncture needles are a physical stimulus. In Western science, a stimulus is defined as a detectable change in either the external environment or within the body itself. When the body detects change, it produces a response. Although acupuncture is not yet fully understood by Western science, with modern technology scientists can now actually begin to "see" the body's response to acupuncture. For example, using an MRI (a very sophisticated x-ray), researchers have shown that when a needle is inserted at specific acupuncture points on the body, corresponding changes occur in the brain.
In the West, acupuncture is most well-known for its ability to relieve pain, so the majority of research thus far has been done in this area. Acupuncture points are now believed to stimulate the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) to release pain-relieving chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord and brain. Acupuncture may also stimulate other chemicals to be released by the brain, including hormones that influence the self-regulating system of the body.
Smoking harms your heart.
Smoking harms your baby.
Smoking causes cancer.
About 90% of America's 51 million smokers want to quit, but only 20 to 30% manage to do so permanently. It is really difficult to make a decision to quit smoking, and it not very easy to find a qualified professional to help you.
If you have tried to quit smoking, you know how hard it can be. That is because nicotine is a very addictive drug. For some people, it can be as addictive as heroin or cocaine. Within seconds of taking a puff of smoke, nicotine travels to the brain. It tells the brain to release chemicals that make you want to smoke more. Quitting is hard. Usually people make 2 to 3 tries, or more, before finally being able to quit. Studies have shown that each time you try to quit, you will be stronger and will have learned more about what helps and what hurts.
Nevertheless, anyone can quit smoking. It does not matter about age, health, or lifestyle. The decision to quit and your success is greatly influenced by how much you want to stop smoking.
Acupuncture is probably the most widely accepted complementary treatment for stopping smoking. It ELIMINATES your CRAVINGS for tobacco. The quit smoking with acupuncture treatments utilize special ear points for addiction elimination.
Do you feel like you've tried it all? After countless diet and exercise plans you're still struggling to lose those extra pounds. Or are you in a constant battle to keep the weight from creeping back as soon as you relax your strict eating habits? Then maybe acupuncture could be the key to your weight loss success.
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical practice of placing fine, filiform needles into the body at specific points for therapeutic effect.
According to Dr. Neemez Kassam, Associate Professor of Asian Medicine at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, there are two schools of thought on how acupuncture works: The Western perspective whereby acupuncture releases endorphins which produce natural euphoric activity, and the traditional approach where acupuncture regulates the flow of QI, or energy, bringing the body back into balance.
Around for more than 2,500 years, this relatively painless healing technique has become more and more popular in Canada over the past two decades, and is now recognized as a safe and effective treatment for everything from migraine pain to infertility, and is often used to help with weight loss and weight management.
To incorporate acupuncture into your own life, you must first have a consultation with your chosen practitioner to clarify the reasons for your weight problem, whether physiological due to issues such as a slow metabolism, menopause or thyroid problems, or behavioural due practices like overeating and binge eating.
Traditional Chinese medicine has been around for thousands of years, and has provided us with a unique and holistic approach to help prevent and treat disease.
Western science and Traditional Chinese Medicine ultimately rely on the body's natural healing ability to maintain health and protect against disease. Both have the same goal of helping a person stay healthy. Western science tends to use drugs and surgery as needed while acupuncturists tend to use gentle needling and herbs. A combination of both systems creates an ideal environment of health and healing.