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A Few Words About Energetic Medicine
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A Few Words About Energetic Medicine

When looking for a practitioner and at different healing modalities, people have lots of questions and need to know appropriate information. Though there are many things to choose from, one really good approach is Traditional Chinese Medicine. What is it and what are the basic principles of Chinese acupuncture?

Some Alternative Medicine practices use the manipulation of natural energy fields to affect and bring about health. These electrical fields may sometimes be measurable or ways may still have to be found to measure them.

Acupuncture, which is probably the most popular or at least the most well known, is one of many types of procedures that involves stimulating different points of the body through different means, such as by lightly puncturing the body's skin with small needles manipulated by hand or through electrical stimulation.

This is done to manipulate and balance our chi or inherent bio energy. Acupuncture is one of the main components of TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine, and is recognized among the world's oldest healing practices.

Other such practices based on manipulating types of energy include those therapies involving similar electromagnetic fields (like magnet or light therapy) that may affect the body. These different practices involving energy or bio fields generally are based on the concept that human beings are infused with subtle forms of energy; Chi Gong, Reiki, and healing touch are also examples of such practices.

As well, things such as Acupressure / Shiatsu, Tuina, Jin SHin Jyutsu and even Reflexology or certain other forms of eastern or Oriental Massage, though they may be considered more body work types of therapy, also tend to address the body's chi / bio energy by manipulating the same or similar energetic pathways and points as in Acupuncture.

Mostly though, they use hands or touch as opposed to needles. The theories even if not exactly the same are usually very very similar in nature and the goal of the treatment as well.

I have received treatments with TCM / Acupuncture for over 12 years. It has helped me and many others for lower back pain, breathing, upper respiratory infection, bronchitis, chest pain, somewhat for eczema / ringworm, stress, constipation, and digestive issues. Just to name a few things on the list.

During a crisis I go for treatments of one hour sessions, once per week. Effects are immediate with marked improvement as sessions continue. For maintenance, I try to go once per month.

Treating as an Osteopath I sometimes send my patients for Acupuncture as an adjunct or to address levels that I feel I am not reaching alone with my treatments. The best results have been achieved with a one week separation between Osteopathy and Acupuncture and reverse.

Usually they are cases of either lower back pain sometimes with sciatica, or upper back / neck / shoulder pain sometimes with thoracic outlet syndrome or carpal tunnel syndrome. Usually after about a month and a half total, symptoms are gone and patients back to normal and pain free. Though reduction in pain can often be immediate, it is only after about three sessions that significant results are felt.

Get references from people. See who they go to and what the feedback is like. It's often best to go to someone who has years of experience and is a seasoned practitioner, but don't be quick to judge or do away with the newer and younger people on the block.

After all, even those older and more experienced had to start somewhere, and by treating people like you and I, is how they became great and experienced.

Attitude and personality says a lot and can influence the outcome of a treatment and how you feel. Often as in most cases, it's really the practitioner that makes the most difference as opposed to the actual discipline.

This is important with any practitioner and patient in any field or discipline. There's so much out there and usually by making smart choices and based on experience and trial and error we can come to an understanding of who we best work with and through which means.

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