About Acupuncture

A conversation with Dr. Risley....  

Question:    What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a 5,000 year old Chinese system of natural healing (No drugs….No surgery), which is concerned with restoring proper energy flow to the various organs, glands and tissues of the body on the premise that most diseases are the result of malfunction due to disrupted energies.

Explanation:  The Chinese definition of Health is "All parts of the body functioning normally," all 400 trillion parts.  If there is an interruption in the transmission of energy flow or life force (called ch'I in Chinese), then organ malfunction, disease, pain and suffering are inevitable.

 Question:  Where does the interruption of energy flow occur?

Answer:  In either or both locations:  (1) In the channels of energy flow, which are located throughout the body, just beneath the skin surface; (2) In the spinal column where vertebrae may become misaligned, thereby compressing vital nerve trunks.

Question:   Are there other causes of disease besides those associated with the interference of the transmission of energy flow?

Answer:  Yes, of course. Psychosomatic states, hereditary factors, poisons, adverse environmental conditions, injury, germs, malnutrition, etc…., all are disease producing.

Question:    How do you detect the disturbance in energy flow within a patient?

Answer:  By many methods, including certain signs, symptoms, pain spots, organ reflex points and by pulse or instrumental findings.

Question:   Assumint I'm going to take acupuncture treatments, how are they performed?
Answer:  First, the related skin points are determined. Then they are appropriately treated by one of over thirty methods of stimulation some of which are:
1) Long needle insertion (especially done in acupuncture anesthesia for surgery)
2) Short needle penetration  
3) Non-piercing needles
Finger tip pressure (called shishin or "finger needles")
5) Metallic balls taped to the points

6) Electrical stimulation  
7) Moxabustion (the burning of herbs over the points).
Note: The non-piercing needle (teishin) is very popular because the technique is
practically painless, there is no blood, no danger of infection and results are equal to, if not better than other techniques.

Question:  What are some of the conditions commonly treated by acupuncture?

Answer:  Text book listed conditions run into the hundreds. Typical ailments usually responding to acupuncture health care includes: neuralgias, headaches,
trigeminal neuralgia, tics, spasms, muscular rheumatism, neuralgia of the shoulder and arm, tennis elbow, osteoarthritis, rheumatism, ulcers, stomach problems, diarrhea, hepatitis, asthma, bronchitis, shortness of breath, coughs, certain types of heart trouble, abnormal blood pressure, hemorrhoids, lumbago, bladder irritation, bed wetting, certain kidney problems, female disorders, impotence, glaucoma (sometimes) weak eyesight, hay fever, loss of smell, tonsillitis, loss of hearing, skin conditions and even nervous or psychiatric factors based on the fact that often mental problems arise from physical disorders.

The above list may seem long as though acupuncture were a Panacea.  The truth is that most textbooks list over two hundred diseases. Please be mindful; of the act acupuncture is not like one drug used for one condition, but on the contrary, it is a complete healing art within itself, concerned with the systems of the body such as nervous, circulatory, digestive, respiratory, eliminatory, reproductive, hormonal, musculoskeletal, etc., and seeks to correct health problems within those systems.

Question:  Out of, say 10 patients accepted for acupuncture health care, how many usually respond favorably?

Answer:  On the average, 8.  Two out of ten fail to respond favorably for a variety of reasons.  Advanced age, severity of the condition, irreversible tissue damage, etc., are deterrents to recovery.

Question:  Are spinal adjusting treatments necessary with acupuncture?

Answer:  Absolutely.  Spinal adjusting is part of the acupuncture health care.  World authorities, including Feliz Mann, M.D. of England; Paul Nogier, M.D. of France; and Kunzo Nagayama, M.D. of Japan are very emphatic on this aspect of "getting well".  Dr. Mann states that many internal diseases are cured by the spinal adjustment alone.  Leaving the adjustment (chiropractic) out of the treatment plan invites failure.  


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