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Supplementing Nutritional Healing with Acupuncture – Say’s NYC Holistic Specialists

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If you have been following our organization for some time now, you would know that we are strong believers in nutritional healing. And even more so in supplementing nutrition with holistic approaches. When you add holistic medicine such as acupuncture to your natural healing routine, you greatly increase the chances of getting better faster and enhancing all other holistic methods in the process.

Irina Logman, a board certified and licensed acupuncturist in New York City gives us insights onto the use of Acupuncture in modern medicine and a little bit of the history behind it.

Using Acupuncture in Modern Medicine by Irina Logman:

nyc acupunctureModern medicine can gain immediately from the use acupuncture to induce surgical analgesia. The workings of this technique are still an enigma, but research information accumulated from visceral learning, hypnosis and the physiology of pain perception have given some clues as to the underlying pathophysiological principles.

A more scientific approach in clinical research is necessary to define the role of acupuncture in modern medicine. Even if there is no knowledge on the mechanism of the practice of acupuncture, its efficacy on treating, specific diseases should not be ignored nor delay its incorporation into modern medical practice.

The ancient acupuncture has many approaches to its practice; however, medical acupuncture is a new term describing acupuncture that is performed by a doctor who is trained and licensed in the western medicine and also has thorough training in acupuncture. This kind of doctor can treat patients using any of the two alternatives with ease or both based on the patient’s conditions and needs. This is the best way to using acupuncture in modern medicine.

holistic medicineThis Chinese traditional medicine is fast gaining acceptance in modern day fertility treatment. Irina Logman uses it daily on her acupuncture NYC services. Assisted reproductive technology like IVF incorporates acupuncture to prepare infertile couples for the procedure. More and more doctors are referring candidates to acupuncture for their emotional wellbeing and to relax the body in readiness for the procedure of IVF. The increased pressure while undergoing fertility treatments can decrease the chances of success hence the use of acupuncture to reduce anxiety, depression, and stress. It also increases blood flow throughout the body, therefore, increasing the chances for implantation and successful pregnancy. This technique is very beneficial in promoting the emotional well-being of parents during this procedure.

There have also been new developments in acupuncture to treat clinical conditions and modifications like using laser acupuncture instead of the traditional use of needles.

The History of Acupuncture

The Origins of Acupuncture

According to old historic documents dating back to 100BCE, acupuncture originates from China and has been an alternative Chinese medicine process that has been practiced for thousands of years, and continues to stand the test of time. It is now practiced all over the world, from China to New York City.

Acupuncture in India

As a part of Ayurveda, acupuncture has been practiced in India for thousands of years. It is not uncommon to see Indian villagers place earrings at specific points in the ear aimed at treating some diseases in other parts of the body. They have also been using cauterization on the abdomen to treat abdominal pain. It’s similar to heat treatment or moxibustion practiced in Chinese medicine. Over the centuries, there has been a productive exchange of ideas and literature between India and China. Chinese pilgrims visited India to visit Buddhist shrines and universities whereas Indian scholars and travelers visited China to teach.

Long before it made it’s way in New York City, Acupuncture was used in India where Ayurveda didn’t elicit a response in the patient. This practice was mostly lost during the rule of the British colonialists. Only recently has the practice re-emerged supported by global interest and proof of its efficacy to combat numerous ailments.

Acupuncture in the far east

As years went by, this traditional Chinese medicine spread beyond the borders and into Japan and Korea where it was accepted as an effective medication alternative. It was introduced around 200 BC but became popular after the arrival of Buddhism. It remained popular in Japan till around the 16th century when western medicine overshadowed it for the next 300 years. Acupuncture survived the time and is still being practiced in Japan alongside western medicine.

Acupuncture in the West

According to Florida College of Integrative Medicine, France was the first western country ever to show interest in acupuncture. A Frenchman who had lived and studied in China wrote two books on the traditional Chinese medicine and the knowledge of the pulse early in the 18th century. The practice after that began being accepted and has been practiced for over 200 years.

German and Austrian missionaries who visited China in the 17th and 18th centuries learned the importance of acupuncture in NYC and brought it back home. They started institutes and schools of acupuncture. However, in spite of the history of acupuncture, it did not gain popularity in the west until in 1971 when President Richard Nixon visited China and those journalists who accompanied him came back and publicized the practice and effectiveness of using acupuncture for good health.