Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Guest Blog Entry - Accupuncture

Greetings everyone,

This time we will hear from a guest that contacted me regarding doing guest blog entries for me.

I've looked her article over & I think it looks pretty good. Please leave a comment with your thoughts as well.


People who suffer from chronic illness, such as Mesothelioma cancer or other forms of disease often choose to undergo extensive medical treatments to cure the disease; those whose disease was caught early enough are given a second chance at life. However, treatment for chronic illness is often difficult on the body, mind and emotions and is known to cause pain at times. There are ways that patients suffering from chronic illness can manage their pain; sometimes even make it go away completely. 

One way to manage pain from chronic illness is with the ancient remedy of acupuncture. Acupuncture is something that commonly makes patients a little nervous; the idea of placing so many needles into their body is terrifying for some, especially those with fear of needles. However, the art of acupuncture is not painful. In fact, few who have tried it were dissatisfied with the experience, according to “The Spirit Gate.” It is actually quite relaxing and rejuvenating, which is one way that it helps with pain from chronic illness. The National Institute of Health recognizes acupuncture as a complementary way to treat pain from chronic illness and even from chemotherapy. 

Acupuncture is proven to help with the management of conditions such as alcoholism, the nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy for cancer patients, sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis, irritable bowel syndrome and even stroke rehabilitation. One of the benefits of acupuncture is that it can be used by patients who are taking medication to treat disease and those that are undergoing other medical treatments. However, it is imperative your doctor knows you are receiving acupuncture. 

While it is not known exactly how and why acupuncture works, scientists suspect that the working of acupuncture is due to the needling. Tiny, solid needles are placed at points in the skin while the patient lies still. For those suffering a chronic illness or pain that is isolated to one spot, needles are placed in locations that coordinate with that location and the needles send signals to the brain and spinal cord. The brain then transmits signals that alleviate pain by increasing a person’s pain threshold, which doctors and scientists believe is the reason acupuncture works for people suffering chronic pain. In addition, it also increases blood flow and body temperature and reduces cholesterol levels, which promote overall health for any person’s body. 

Anyone suffering from chronic pain can alleviate that pain with acupuncture; anyone considering acupuncture should speak with their doctor to discuss treatment options and how to proceed in managing pain. 

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