Informative Essay On Acupuncture

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Over the years, Western medicine has progressed significantly and proven effective in treating numerous illnesses such as cancer. In Western medicine, conventional cancer treatments generally include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapy and surgery. However, conventional cancer treatments can induce side effects such as chronic pain, vomiting, nausea, fatigue, dry mouth and many others, which are often manageable by medications. But when these side effects fail to respond to drug treatments, acupuncture can be an attractive option as a complementary therapy to improve the quality of life of cancer patients. Acupuncture is a branch of traditional Chinese medicine that has been practiced and evolved over thousands of years. Originating from the Taoism philosophy more than 2500 years ago, acupuncture is based on the theory of “qi”, a vital energy that flows through the body to maintain health.8 When qi is blocked or unbalanced, illness occurs. Acupuncturists believe that acupuncture can …show more content…

40 years ago;10 In 1971, New York Times reporter James Reston had an emergency appendectomy in Beijing, China under acupuncture anaesthesia. After his surgery, he received acupuncture and it significantly reduced his post surgical abdominal pain.11 Upon his return to the U.S., he published his experience of acupuncture and it sparked interests amongst U.S. physicians on acupuncture's analgesia properties. Since then, continued research has been conducted to learn more about the benefits of acupuncture in pain management and various conditions. In 1972, Major General Walter R. Tkach, former President Nixon's physician, observed the practice of acupuncture while on a trip in China with Nixon. When he returned to the U.S., he published the article “I watched Acupuncture Work” in the July 1972 issue of Readers Digest.12 It was not until then that acupuncture had begun to gain

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