1. What is acupuncture?
    2. Why is ancient acupuncture still practiced in our modern world?   
    3. When did acupuncture begin in American?
    4. How widely is acupuncture used in the United States now?
    5. What conditions can be treated by acupunctures?
    6. What are acupuncture side effects?
    7. Are there any reasons someone should not get acupuncture?
    8.  Is acupuncture painful?
    9. Will Acupuncture treatments interfere with medications?
    10.Do scientific research evidences support acupuncture?
    11. What are Qi, meridians, acupuncture points and their roles?  

    1. What is acupuncture?
    Acupuncture is one of the main treatments of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Originally developed
    and practiced in ancient China, acupuncture is now widely practiced over 160 countries in the world
    including the United States.

    2. Why is ancient acupuncture still practiced in our modern world?   
    Acupuncture has many advantages over modern  medicine. First, acupuncture can effectively treat a
    wide range of conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) and National Institute of Health
    (NIH)  recognize that over 80 disorders can be effectively improved by acupuncture. The some of the
    disorders cannot be effectively treated by modern medical practices. Generally speaking, most
    people seek acupuncture because the conventional treatment they were prescribed was either not
    working or causing serious, unwanted side effects.  

    Second, acupuncture can effectively cure many early dysfunctional symptoms before developing  
    into chronic diseases.  Most chronic diseases develop through time and only exhibit non-specific
    symptoms at their early stages.  Addressing the dysfunctions prior to the development of chronic
    disease is critical in prevention of chronic diseases. However, modern medicine cannot effectively
    treat many of these early symptoms because  they do not fit any current disease models.  Since it
    has been practiced and studied for thousands of years, acupuncture has developed many unique
    means to diagnose and treat the non-specific symptoms at early stages of chronic diseases.
    Third, acupuncture  is a natural, safe and chemical free therapy. Unlike modern medications which
    use concentrated chemical pills to artificially  relieves the symptoms, acupuncture use tiny needles
    to stimulate points on the skin to activate your own healing process to naturally restore your health.

    3. When did acupuncture begin in American?
       In 1966 Miriam Lee, a trained nurse and acupuncturist in China, first brought acupuncture to the
    California when she immigrated to The United States. Because acupuncture was illegal at the time,
    Miriam Lee took a job in a factory. One day when she saw a friend's bedridden son, she offered her
    acupuncture skill to help. After several treatments, her friend's son completely recovered. This
    began a deluge of word of mouth referrals.  Patients looking for her acupuncture quickly increased.  
    Each day she saw about 80 patients who lined up at her door.  She was arrested in 1975  for
    practicing medicine without a license.  However, her patients voluntarily filled the courtrooms to
    testify on her behalf.  Miriam Lee was permitted to practice acupuncture as an "experimental
    procedure". One year later acupuncture was signed into California law as a legal medical practice.

       Acupuncture began to become better known in the United States in 1971 when New York Times
    reported James Reston's experience of acupuncture. James Reston,  a journalist of New York
    Times,  traveled to China with President Nixon's Secretary of State, Henry A. Kissinger. He fell ill and
    required an emergency appendectomy. Chinese doctors used acupuncture to relieve his pain after
    surgery. Intrigued and impressed with the effectiveness of his experience with acupuncture, James
    Reston wrote about his hospitalization and acupuncture treatment in the New York Times, exposing
    countless Americans for the first time to acupuncture.

       In 1997, The National Institutes of Health released a consensus statement  endorsing
    acupuncture for the treatment of a variety of conditions.

    4. How widely is acupuncture used in the United States now?
       To date, more than 40 states have set up training standards for licensing or certifications to
    practice acupuncture . There is an estimated 26,000 licensed acupuncturists and medical doctors
    who practice acupuncture in the United States.

       Acupuncture has sharply grown in popularity during past decade. According to National Health
    Interview Survey, the largest and most comprehensive survey of complementary and alternative
    medicine,  the number of American who received acupuncture increased from 2.2 million in 2004 to
    10 million in 2011. The FDA estimates that American spend more than $900 million annually on
    acupuncture treatments.  

    5.  What conditions can be treated by acupunctures?
       Acupuncture actually can treat a wide range of conditions in addition to pain relief. The World
    Health Organization, the United States National Institutes of Health and the National Center for
    Complementary and Alternative Medicine recognized the following conditions to be effectively
    treated by acupuncture:  

    1) Pain management:
    Arthritis, Neuralgia, Sciatica, Back pain, Arthralgia, Bursitis, Tendonitis, Stiff neck, Trigeminal
    neuralgia, Toothache, Sprains, and Muscle spasms.

    2) Headache and migraines: Headaches,  Sinus Headaches, Cluster Headaches and Migraines.

    3) Cardiovascular disorders:
    Hypertension,  Palpitations, Coronary heart disease, Rheumatic heart diseases and
    Thromboangiitis obliterans.

    4) Gastro-intestinal disorders:
    Food allergies, Acid reflux, Ulcers, Gastritis, Irritable bowel syndromes (IBS),  Spastic colon, Colitis,
    Constipation, Diarrhea, and Hemorrhoids.

    5) Respiratory disorders: Cough, Ashman, Cold and Flu, Emphysema, Bronchitis, and Hiccup.

    6) Nervous system disorder:
    Facial paralysis, Bell's palsy, Stroke , Peripheral neuropathy, Multiple sclerosis (MS), Cerebral palsy
    and Polio.

    7) Allergies, Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat:
    Allergies, Sinusitis, Sore throat,  Earache, Nerve deafness, Tinnitus/ ringing in the ears, dizziness,
    Poor eyesight.

    8) Cancer treatment support:
    Side effects of chemotherapy including nausea, vomiting, constipation, Improving  immune system

    9) Women's and men's health:
    Premenstrual syndrome, Irregular, heavy or painful menstruation, Amenorrhea, Menopausal
    syndrome, Fibroids, Morning sickness, Lactation insufficiency, Infertility, Impotence, Seminal

    9) Psychological Health:
    Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Stress, Hypochondria, Anorexia, Listlessness.

    10) Others: Obesity,  Facial rejuvenation, Senescence, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Acne sores,
    Alopecia areata.

    6. What are acupuncture side effects?
       Acupuncture is generally considered very safe when done by a trained professional
    acupuncturist. The side effects include, fainting, local bleeding or bruising, local muscle
    convulsions and infections. Rarely damaged nerve and punctured lungs have been reported.
    Worldwide, only 294 adverse cases have been reported from 25 counties between 2000 and 2011.
    Most of these cases were natural bacterial infections caused by contaminated needles. Two
    surveys involved 6600 acupuncture treatments in Great Britain showed no major adverse events
    occurred. In the United State, relatively few complications from the use of acupuncture have been
    reported to the FDA in light of the millions of people treated each year.  

    7. Are there any reasons someone should not get acupuncture?
       People with serious clotting disorder or taking anticoagulants (blood thinners) may have bleeding
    problems with acupuncture. Pregnant women should avoid certain acupuncture points that can
    cause uterine contractions. People with cardiac pacemakers, infusion pumps, or other electrical
    devices should avoid electroacupuncture.  

    8.  Is acupuncture painful?
       Acupuncture needles are extremely thin so that most feel no or minimal pain as the needles are
    inserted. During acupuncture, you may feel some different sensations such as heaviness, tingling,
    warmth, throbbing, itchiness or nothing at all.  

    9. Will Acupuncture treatments interfere with medications?
       Acupuncture will not directly interfere with medications. Acupuncture combined with modern
    medicine may have the potential to support, strengthen and nurture patients to regain vital health
    and well-being. As your acupuncture treatment progresses, you might feel that you need less
    medication. You need to discuss with your prescribing physician and have your physician monitor
    your condition. Do not alter your dosage or completely stop taking medication without your
    physician's guidance.  

    10. Do scientific research evidences support acupuncture?
       Many researches do provide scientific evidences that acupuncture can cure/improve various
    conditions in clinic treatments.  However, it is extremely difficult to explore mechanism of
    acupuncture  because traditional acupuncture theories are not based on anatomical, physiological
    and biochemical medicines. Some scientific researchers have demonstrated that acupuncture can
    stimulate the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) to release active factors called
    neurotransmitters and hormones to  cure illness. For example, research has shown that
    acupuncture activates a-gamma and C afferent fibers in muscle, causing signals to be transmitted
    to the spinal cord, which then results in a local release of dynorphin and enkephalins for
    suppression of the pain transmission.  

       In 2013, a total of 1396 acupuncture research literatures have been published according to
    MEDLINE, the largest database of biomedicine in the world. Theses research works provided
    further scientific research evidences  to show efficacy of acupuncture in a wild range conditions
    including addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia,
    myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low-back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma.

    11.  What is Qi, meridians, acupuncture points and their roles in acupuncture treatment?  
       Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that a body is alive because "Qi" flows through the body. Qi
    flows through its pathways called meridians. There are 14 main meridians in human body. The
    more than 300 acupuncture points are distributed on the meridians. When Qi flow along meridian
    is blocked, illness occurs. Stimulating acupuncture points by using needles or other means such
    as pressure and moxibustion, can relieves obstructions on meridian and let Qi flow again, resulting
    in healing illness.  
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