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In reality, acupuncture has been a serious force in the West since the Republic of China reopened its doors in 1970. While in 1997 there were 385.9 million visits to mainstream primary care physicians, there were 628.8 million visits to complementary alternative medicine practitioners. Reflecting this public demand, an estimated 70 to 80 percent of the nation's insurers covered acupuncture treatments in 1996. Furthermore, the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine estimates that nearly one out of every 10 adults in the United States has tried acupuncture.
In India , however, acupuncture has yet to make its mark as a medical option, let alone as standard practice. Long ago, acupuncture was practiced in India as part of Ayurveda medicine, the traditional healing system of India . Yet even at the height of Ayurveda medicine popularity, acupuncture was typically only used for those diseases that did not respond to Ayurvedic treatment. With the onset of British rule and their promotion of the Western system of medicine in India , the art of Ayurveda medicine and acupuncture was largely lost.
World Tai Chi and Qigong Day provides teachers, schools and Tai Chi and Qigong exercise associations with many free tools and services to educate communities about the potential benefits of these disciplines. It is also a day to promote worldwide wellbeing.
"The idea is to create a wave of health and healing throughout the planet," said Robert Nations, a faculty member and Qigong/Tai Chi specialist at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. "Within the Chinese medical community it is a time for quiet contemplation on the reason we are here in the first place."
Despite the recent importance being placed on women's health issues , the fact that many women with multiple sclerosis (MS) and other disabilities do not know how to obtain basic medical and emotional care often goes overlooked. Luckily, not by everyone.
In an effort to provide respectful, high-quality medical services for women with physical disabilities , the Initiative for Women with Disabilities ( IWD ) Elly and Steve Hammerman Health and Wellness Center is offering acupuncture and complementary therapies to its patients.
While the U.S. scientific community works to develop an agreed-upon treatment protocol for universal symptoms, practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine or Oriental medicine have long known that each woman is unique in her experience of hormonal changes.
The early signs of menopause appear when the ovaries stop producing eggs, menses cease, menstrual activity decreases and eventually ceases and the hormones estrogen and progesterone decrease. Eighty percent of women will experience symptoms, some for a short time and others for as long as six to 13 years. Western medicine often views menopause as a disease and treats patients accordingly.
The sports world was skeptical when New York Knicks shooting guard Allan Houston announced that he was receiving sports acupuncture treatments for an ankle injury (a common sports injury ).
Then he started playing better, and doubt turned into a mixture of surprise and curiosity.
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Hosts "Asthma Day 2000"
Asthma is the most common chronic condition in the United States , affecting an estimated 15 million people and costing $5.8 billion annually in treatment. In an effort to promote a safe and effective complementary natural asthma treatment , Pacific College of Oriental Medicine hosted "Breath & Relax - Asthma Day" at their New York campus on March 19 th 2000. This event, co-sponsored by the Student Government and the Professional Health Services Clinic, focused on the treatment and education of those who suffer from a type of asthma . Acupuncture and herbs for asthma have had significant success rates. "We were interested in choosing an illness that afflicted patients across the board with no discrimination in sex, race or age," said student government president Barbara Roesch. "We wanted to select an illness that had a high success rate with treatment through traditional Chinese medicine . Because of the prevalence of asthma in this region, we were interested in providing the community a service by educating the public in the benefits of being treated with TCM."
For the 4.5 million couples experiencing infertility each year, acupuncture may be just what the doctor ordered. Acupuncture can increase fertility by reducing stress, increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs and balancing the endocrine system, according to several studies and medical research.
Acupuncture consists of the gentle insertion and stimulation of thin, disposable sterile needles at strategic points near the surface of the body. Over 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body connect with 14 major pathways, called meridians. Chinese medicine practitioners believe that these meridians conduct qi , or energy, between the surface of the body and internal organs. It is qi that regulates spiritual, emotional, mental and physical balance. When the flow of qi is disrupted through poor health habits or other circumstances, pain and/or disease can result. Acupuncture helps to keep the normal flow of this energy unblocked, thereby increasing a couple's chances of conceiving.
From October 22-28, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine's San Diego campus participated in National Massage Therapy Awareness Week . This annual national event, spearheaded by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), was designed to raise public awareness of the benefits of therapeutic body massage and encourage people to take the extra time to care for their health through massage. San Diego students and practitioners participated in events, both to educate and network.
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine invited the public to receive complimentary body massage by its massage San Diego program students. One body therapy class was opened to the public each day. The participants were able to enjoy the benefits of Foot Reflexology, Tui Na, and Swedish massage. During the course of the week, over 140 individuals turned out to participate, making the first-time event a big success. In addition to receiving body massage , participants were able to speak with students and faculty about the benefits of body massage and the college's body therapy programs. Many of the events' participants expressed their gratitude and enthusiasm about the event as well as an interest in other Pacific events and programs.
Endometriosis can be associated with backache, painful defecation and/or rectal bleeding, premenstrual spotting, sciatica, urinary frequency and pain, vomiting, abdominal pain and swelling. Any single endometriosis symptom is troubling, but in combination can be excruciating. Untreated, endometriosis can become the cause of female infertility . Although traditional Chinese medicine has no disease category endometriosis , it does recognize, categorize, and treat effectively each endometriosis symptom and sign.
Menstruation should be painless and accompanied by minimal pre and postmenstrual signs and symptoms. We know the menstruate should be of sufficient volume, a rich, fresh color, and free from clots. The absence of these factors is an endometriosis symptom .