By Joe Mayerich
Today, our health seems to be regulated by modern medicine and the large companies that issue prescription drugs for just about every illness known. But with the endless list of illnesses and diseases we currently experience, acupuncture is increasingly becoming another option for certain health issues.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese therapy that has been around for thousands of years and is still being used effectively today and is a more natural method of treating some physical and psychological complaints. It has been around for over 2000 years and continues to thrive in today’s world. The use of needles being inserted into the skin to various points of the body might make people think that this will be a painful process, but it is not. The ancient Chinese believed that the body has the ability to heal itself from numerous injuries and illnesses as long as the “QI”, which is the term used for the body’s energy flow, continues to flow without interruption.
One major reason to consider the use of acupuncture is to eliminate the overuse of synthetic drugs for just about every type of problem. It seems like every time someone visits the doctor, they walk out of the doctor’s office with a prescription for some sort of drug. Some prescriptions are valid and needed and others probably are not.
Nausea, insomnia, migraine headaches, and chronic back pain are a few of the issues that plague many people. A lot of these people turn to synthetic drugs to treat these issues but sometimes there are dire consequences to the perpetual use of pills. I’ve known a few people that have had chronic issues with back pain and they were continuously fed painkillers to relieve their symptoms. One of them died a few years ago and he was just in his mid 30s because of the overuse of painkillers. I look back and wish maybe he tried acupuncture as an alternative instead of just becoming a pill popping machine, which was not entirely his fault.
Another reason is the cost factor. How much does it cost to continually see a doctor and then have to go buy drugs. As most Americans know there is no end in sight to the rising costs associated with these two things. Acupuncture may treat some of these problems with a much lower cost. Also, a lot of health insurance plans will now cover acupuncture as a treatment so you may not have to pay out of pocket for this. Side effects from prescription drugs vary from patient to patient, but with acupuncture, there are no known adverse side effects. That is another big reason to take into consideration when exploring this option.
So if you are having some sort of recurring illness and are looking for a healthier and more economical option to treat your problems, acupuncture may be something you want to consider. I would not worry much about contributing to the profits of pharmaceutical companies; they will be just fine without your money.