How Acupuncture as form of energy medicine should be intergrated in mainstream medical institutes. hypothesis doctors not being open minded and their pure unwillingness to change. Let me tell you a story about a friend of mine, his name is Mike. Mike is a construction worker and a former bodybuilder. Mike was involved in a bad car accident. It was so bad that he needed to have three surgeries. Even after these procedures, he was still in constant pain and has developed a painkiller addiction. His life became a downward spiral because of the constant pain and drug usage.
As a desperate attempt Mike decided to contact a local acupuncturist based on a friend’s recommendation. After just two visits with the acupuncturist, he was finally able to experience an entire day completely pain free. Within three months of treatment, Mike was pain free and no longer needed to take prescription painkillers. Is this simply a medical miracle? Most doctors won’t even suggest that a patient in great pain even attempt accupuncture. This was the case with Mike’s doctors, who never informed him of the option of using energy medicine.
In fact some may even advise against it and just prescribe their patients drugs that could temporarily mask the pain. Not only will this give the patient a false sense of relief, but may lead to a new addiction which will only add to the patient’s hardships. According to the American academy of medical acupuncture ,acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points.
The classical Chinese explanation is that, channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up in others. The meridians can be influenced by needling the acupuncture points; the acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions at the dams, and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians.
Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production, activities,and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians. The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system.
The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being. Despite the critic’s complaints, I believe that it should be integrated into mainstream medical institutions and offered to patients. Acupuncture is just one of the many treatments in the field of energy medicine that offers true healing results as an option of healing therapies. Admittedly, the field of energy medicine is a confusing topic for many. Energy medicine encompasses so many areas that it can be hard to separate fact from fiction.
The term “energy medicine” encompasses a variety of different medical techniques, including acupuncture, yoga and massage. By applying pressure or directing energy through the hands to specific points on the body, it is possible for practitioners to change the flow of energy in the body, thus alleviating pain and preventing disease. It is indisputable that energy is the way in which the body functions. We need energy for everything from doing physical activities such from running to digesting food and even working at the biological level to grow and copy our DNA.
Energy medicine works by diagnosing and treating the blocked flow of energy within our bodies to create balance and well being. Doctors in the Western world suggest that energy medicine is little more than a scam. One article went so far as to report that most called it “outrageous quackery. ” In fact, many warn that energy medicine is quite dangerous to those with serious medical conditions. I believe that is occurring because many patients may choose these practices over more traditional medical procedures.
Instead of being open minded and unwilling to change, it seems that doctors care more about their pay checks than helping out their patients. Even with all of the critics, a 1993 New England Journal of Medicine study went against the medical establishment in suggesting that thousands use energy medicine successfully for chronic pain and their doctors are simply unable to treat the pain. This study supports my hypothesis of doctors not being open minded and their pure unwillingness to change. Its as if they have the if its not broken don’t fix it philosophy. Unfortunately the classic way of treating pain is broken.
The simple truth is that practicing energy medicine can help heal and protect the body. By giving patients a choice in mainstream medical institutes, they have more ways of gaining a healthy lifestyle. It is important to note that energy medicine is never dangerous. Therefore, even if a technique doesn’t work, the patient will be in no worse health than when they started the energy medicine. This, unfortunately, is not always the case with mainstream medical procedures. This was the case with my friend mike who went to the doctor for pain and walked out with an addiction.
While many suggest that energy medicine just doesn’t work, the other major argument against including it in mainstream medical institutions is that it wastes money. This is comical when you consider the constant rising cost of medical procedures and especially prescription drugs. The National Institute of Health created the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative medicine in 1999 with a budget of $50 million dollars. Traditional doctors and scientists were outraged at the fact that the fifty million wasn’t allocated to their own programs.
Most seem to be against even studying the effects of energy medicine. This is because they are more than likely frightened by what preliminary studies show. Since 1966, over three hundred thousand studies have been completed to show the effectiveness of energy medicine. If nothing else, energy medicine critics should be silenced by the fact that it provides peace of mind and relieves stress for many patients. Studies have proven that positive thinking or a positive outlook on their disease can help a patient be more receptive to treatments, which in turn, can help contribute to curing illness.
This positive psychological effect alone is worth the money to help the patient cope with their ailment. Energy medicine should be a choice for patients and mainstream doctors should research and accept the benefits of these practices. By allowing energy medicine to be integrated into mainstream medical institutes, we cannot hurt patients who are suffering, and it is very possible that we may help them. The important thing to remember is that by providing many forms of treatment in conjunction with one another, doctors can effectively improve the lives of patients. Energy medicine is one such treatment method that should always be considered.