Acupuncture as a treatment modality

Acupuncture as a treatment modality

In general, there are no medical conditions that would preclude the use of acupuncture as a treatment modality. And no known side effects, with the exception of infection resulting from improperly sterilized needles or treatment by an incompetent practitioner.

Moxibustion is a term derived from the Japanese word mokusa. It also means “burning herb”. Is a technique of acupuncture that employs needles to which the heat of a dried herb (moxa) is attached.

A tiny stick, roll, or cone-shaped amount of moxa, from the herb mugwort, burns on the head of the needle to send warmth to the acupoint. The moxa, which may also be used without needles but with a small tip, does not touch the skin directly and is reported to be aromatic and a pleasant treatment.

Auricular therapy, revived and improved in the 1960s by the French acupuncturist Dr. Paul Nogier, is a type of acupuncture that focuses exclusively on the ear for pain management and the treatment of migraines, arthritis, and stomach ailments.

When Nogier treated patients with sciatica by cauterizing part of their earlobes, he discovered after they reported relief that the technique dated back to ancient Egypt.

He also developed an electrical device called a Punctoscope so needles were not required.

Also, while small acupuncture needles may be used in the ear, electrotherapy, light therapy, and small, magnetically charged ball bearings. This can be taped over acupoints for long-term, or semipermanent, therapy may be preferred methods.

Auricular therapists, popular in France, say this type of acupuncture helps provide diagnostic information. Is less invasive than regular acupuncture, particularly for anxious patients. And is calming and effective against pain.

The theory is that the ear, with its approximately 200–300 acupoints, has the shape of a fetus in the womb and therefore relates to the acupoints in the adult body.

The measurable electrical properties of acupuncture points allow practitioners to diagnose problems, and auricular therapy is said to relieve addictions, certain respiratory disorders, labor pains, and pain related to terminal illnesses.

To date, approximately 10,000 acupuncturists in the United States are licensed, registered, or certified. And approximately 3000 medical doctors, both M.D.s and D.O.s, who practice acupuncture.

Organizations that set standards and certify practitioners include the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. And the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), too.

Every practitioner has an individual approach.

And it is possible that one practitioner, as with any health care provider, may be more suited to a particular patient than another.

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