To understand the theory behind Acupuncture one should also try to understand the principles of Yin and Yang (the negative and positive poles of vital energy), the Chi (vital energy), as well as the theory of the 5 elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water (various manifestations and functions of vital energy - not necessarily to be confused with the other known grouping of elements: ether, air, fire, water, and earth; see Ayurveda).
Gold & Silver needles and Electronic handheld unit
Studies: A number of studies have shown Acupuncture to be effective for such ailments as: Pain, Addictions, Smoking, Alcoholism and Angina. Already in 1972, the scientist Ji-Sheng Han proved acupuncture's effectiveness on animals. Later Ji-Sheng Han established the biochemical pathway of pain relief by acupuncture.Conditions which have responded well to treatment with Acupuncture (alphabetical order):
· Bell's palsy
· Cerebral palsy
· Eating disorders
· Eye problems
· Hay fever
· High blood pressure
· Hormone problems
· Menstrual problems
· Morning sickness
· Sore throat
A typical acupuncture treatment may cost anywhere between $20 and $175 US and may take up to a full hour. Credentials to look for: Acupuncturist with Diploma: Dipl. Ac.; Master Acupuncturist: M. Ac.
In the USA, state-licensed acupuncturists are awarded the designation: L.Ac.. Prior to being licensed, most US acupuncturists would have met the standards of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM®) and have been awared the designation: Diplomate of Acupuncture (NCCAOM).
Note: Every US State and Country has different rules regarding Acupunture treatments and certification.
Additional Acupuncture Resources:
· National Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance (NAOMA)