Thursday, March 16, 2006

 

Lun's Opinion Essay

Acupuncture is a Chinese therapy that has been used for centuries. Some times the acupuncture is effective. At other times it is not. Before you use the acupuncture treatments, you should have a correct diagnosis, and you should consult with your doctor. Acupuncture is dangerous if people don’t have a proper diagnosis and want to rely on acupuncture alone.

Acupuncture is a Chinese therapy that has been used for centuries. It is based on a theory that there is energy in people’s bodies called chi. Chi causes energy to flow through pathways called meridians. People believe that a blocking or imbalance at any point along the pathway may result in illness. Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners believe that acupuncture unblocks and rebalances the flow of chi, and then people can be restored to health.

Acupuncture treatment is effective for many functional diseases, such as sleeplessness, functional headache, and muscle stiffness. It is acknowledged that acupuncture is effective for such conditions. In China, people have used the treatment for centuries and they think it is effective. Some of acupuncture treatments have been proved by scientists, but many have not. Now, in China, doctors direct people to use it if they want.

Before the treatment the patient must have a diagnosis and the doctor will judge whether acupuncture is appropriate for the disease or not.. Acupuncture treatment is not appropriate in many organic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes, because the conventional treatment is more effective than acupuncture. Cancer and other malignant tumors are organic diseases. If you rely only on acupuncture, you will miss the chance to cure cancer by conventional treatment, in the early stages. Of course, it is acknowledged that the acupuncture is effective against many side effects of conventional treatment like nausea and sleeplessness.

Acupuncture is a good treatment, but it is not a cure-all, just as conventional treatment isn’t. It is dangerous if people don’t have a diagnosis and want to rely on acupuncture alone, because they can’t know what is happening in their body. Before you use acupuncture, you should have a correct diagnosis, and you should consult with your doctor.


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