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Chapter 8: Using Acupuncture For Weight Loss And Controlling Obesity
Keeping a healthy diet is not a priority for most people. Grabbing something to satisfy the hunger pangs and fill the stomach are more important to the individual who has little time to spare to create a balanced food intake.
Then there is the array of processed food available today. With easy access and fast preparation styles these foods have become a popular if not the only choice for most people. All these eventually lead to health problems like weight gain and obesity.
Acupuncture can be used successfully to treat the obesity condition effectively. There are different method of acupuncture which can address the weight issue, such as, manual acupuncture, electro acupuncture, acupressure and auricular or ear acupuncture. Acupuncture helps by adjusting the functions of the nervous system, the endocrine system, and immune system.
Technically, acupuncture manipulates the intestinal motility and metabolism as well as the emotional factors that contribute to stress, the number cause for over eating. Acupuncture through other corresponding reactions causes the increase in tone in the smooth muscle of the stomach thus suppressing the appetite.
In addressing the weight loss issue acupuncture suggests that the needle based alternative therapy does successfully contribute to this condition. The acupuncture process is supposed to stimulate the body's flow of vital energy and in turn improve several factors that relate to the weight problems. This is done by suppressing the appetite while boosting the metabolism and also reducing stress.
However to date there is not much scientific proof that acupuncture works in weight loss issues. One possible reason for this lack of scientific endorsement is that should acupuncture be proven to be the ultimate way to successfully accomplishing weight loss, the pharmaceutical industry and the medical industry would be severely affected.
Chapter 9: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome And Fibromyalgia Treatment With Acupuncture
A lot of new and little known diseases, ailment and illness are in existence today. Though some have gained medical attention and thus various researches have been conducted and a whole host of medications have been invented by pharmaceutical companies.
Though little known, the chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia has long been treated with the use of acupuncture. Currently it is being introduced either as a standalone treatment or as a complementary therapy. Acupuncture is considered safe and effective and also suitable to be used to treat this condition.
Most people with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome have been noted to have unusually low threshold of pain, thus when acupuncture is administered the threshold level is altered to be able to sustain a higher level of pain comfortably.
The position of the needles causes the complex changes in the brain and body by stimulating nerve fibers that then send signals to the brain and spinal cord, which in turn releases certain hormones that block pain or dulls it to make the individual feel more comfortable.
Because the pain threshold is not at a higher level, long term relief is noted. In some inconclusive experiments done using acupuncture, it was noted that this course of action actually provided for the deactivation part of the brain's pain matrix.
Acupuncture works by correcting the energy pathways through the body. This life force energy is called Qi or Chi. The Qi flows through the meridians in the body each of which corresponds to an organ or group of organs. When the acupuncture process restored the positive balance in the meridians then the body no longer has to deal with the occurrences of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. With acupuncture this flow is kept constant and at optimum levels.
Chapter 10: What you Need To Know To Find a Reputable Practitioner
Finding people who practice various forms of therapy or alternative medicinal styles can be quite challenging. There is a tendency for most people who have just a little knowledge in any particular field to start a business or institution promoting that skill.
If one is not cautious or discerning, getting hood winked is not unusual. However is some cases the consequences are even more damaging and severe.
What You Ought To Know
Taking the time to check out the back ground and credentials of the practitioner is very important. If it is possible, getting to know people who have sought acupuncture treatment at the particular facility is also useful. Besides being informed of the success rate one also learns of the experiences of the individuals who have already tried a few sessions.
Other factors to take into consideration are the tools used for this trade. In the case of acupuncture the tools of a practitioner consist of very fine needles. The condition of the needles must be of paramount importance. In each session new needles should be used and they should be properly sterilized. Infections from non sterile needles may cause serious medical conditions.
Though it very rarely happens, sometimes unfortunate mishaps may occur, such as organ puncture. Thus one should enquire as to the experience of the practitioner. As most types of acupuncture procedures target the areas that surround the organ with the intention of treating a particular condition, a wrong insertion of the needles can lead to irreparable damage.
Some practitioners who are not very gentle or not so experienced may end up leaving bruises on the skin surface. These bruises could be rather unsightly.
Most medical practitioners will have some idea and recommendations as to the list of reputable acupuncture practitioners and methods used. Thus consulting a doctor or clinic which can then refer the individual to a qualified acupuncturist is a wise step to take.