Learn what Acupuncture is and how the ancient system of healing works in this public service announcement from Dr. Todd Austin, a Virden, IL Chiropractic Physician.
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Wouldn't it be wonderful to enjoy the benefits of great health naturally without all the potential side effects associated with drugs and surgeries? Well you can, what have you been waiting for. Jing-Lo-Mah as the Chinese call it, it has been working now for over 5,000 years. Of course, us Westerners know what Jing-Lo-Mah by the term Acupuncture. First, I would like to take you back in time over 5,000 years, we're examine the origin of Acupuncture. This ancient system of healing appears to have actually originated in the Middle East, then it found its way to India for a period of at least 800 years before eventually arriving in China. Of course, acupuncture became very popular in China. It went on understand the test of time. As it is now an important part of Chinese culture. During a Richard Nixon Presidential visit to China in 1970, one of the presidents says fell ill and regained his health, thanks to acupuncture. The News media then picked up on this fascinating alternative way of healthcare, thus familiarizing the American public with acupuncture for the very first time. Then in 1971 a handful of American doctors, who are chiropractic went over to China learned Acupuncture and brought it back to the States. The more correct term for the system of healing, what we refer to as Acupuncture is Meridian Therapy. A Meridian is a channel or energy flows locating just under the skin. There are 12 major meridians located on both sides of the body. This include the Stomach Meridian, the Heart Meridian and the Small Intestine Meridian, to name just a few. For example, the Lung Meridian starts just under the collar bone and flows down in the front of the arm. It flows down in front of the arm, ending on the thumb. There are several number of points along each meridian. These are the points which you treated using Meridian therapy. Acupuncture is the one form of Meridian Therapy though, Meridian Therapy can also be performed using many other methods to stimulate the Meridian points. These include Electric Stimulation, the use of a tapping instrument, thumb or finger pressure or even use of a low level Laser beam. Of course, Acupuncture is a correct term for the one form of Meridian Therapy, that does use needles to stimulate the Meridian Points. According to traditional Chinese medical believes, the human body is capable of maintaining relatively stable internal environment. An Interference in this environment results in imbalance of energy in the Meridians and disease is then going to occur. This Interference can result from external forces such as cold, wind or dampness, or from internal forces such as stress, emotional upset or even organic malfunction. A good analogy for this is like tuning in a radio station. If your radio is tuned to 98.7 you get music but if it's tuned to either 98.6 or 98.8 you get -- that's right static or Interference. The goal of Meridian therapy then is to balance or fine-tune the proper flow of energy within the Meridians, that's we are moving Interference and restoring the body to its normal, stable internal environment. There are actually four uses of Meridian Therapy, they are the prevention of disease, treatment of sickness or disease, pain control and anesthesia. In ancient China the physician's major role and that's Meridian therapy's main role was the prevention of disease. Two main reason that I use Meridian Therapy in my practice, that I was a chiropractic in Virden, Illinois or for the treatment of sickness or disease and for pain control. Finally, it's also important to know that besides balancing the body's energy balance, acupuncture has also been showing to speed up healing time, improve circulation and speed up nerve growth after an injury. We know Meridian Therapy has many positive affects on the human body and Jing-Lo-Mah is a very holistic form of healthcare that has been working now with needles, for over 5,000 years.