Adverse Effects Of Acupuncture

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Alternative medicine refers to healing or treatment systems that are unincluded in the traditional medical field of the United States. This practice of medicine is becoming more and more popular in Western culture in the recent years. Acupuncture originated from the Chinese culture around 200 BCE, and it is a form of alternative medicine that came into the Western culture around 1970 (Ehrlich, 2011). Acupuncture portrays a key role in the management of osteoarthritis. In this paper, we are going to discuss how acupuncture is performed, what type of illnesses acupuncture is proven to heal, and the overall effectiveness of this widely growing alternative medicine. The number of treatments each person needs varies person to person, and by treatment…show more content…
The adverse effects include bleeding, bruising, fainting, nausea and vomiting (Basch, 2013). As one can see, the adverse reactions are minimal. Acupuncture can be done in clinics, hospitals, individual sessions, or sometimes group sessions, all depending on the type of procedure being done. There are numerous types of acupuncture including; traditional Chinese medicine, French energetic acupuncture, Korean hand acupuncture, auricular acupuncture, myofascial based acupuncture, Japanese, and many more. Acupuncture is done by trained professionals, who get an overall view of the client's health before they start. Every acupuncturist has a different way of preparing their needles, some acupuncturist will even use…show more content…
It is not only being used to treat osteoarthritis, but it can also be used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, low back pain, cervical spondylosis, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, post-operative pain, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, angina pectoris, hypertension, insomnia, rhinitis, skin disorders, weight loss, smoking cessation, and a considerable amount of many more healthcare problems (Basch, 2013). The purpose of acupuncture depends on the reason it is being sought out to be used, but in general, it is used to help relieve stress, pain, improve one's mood, and re-balance one's chi energy throughout their body. Osteoarthritis is one of the most common forms of arthritis; it is sometimes referred to as wear and tear arthritis. Osteoarthritis is when the cartilage that protects one's bones from hitting one another breaks down. There has not been a cure found yet for osteoarthritis, and it is known to get worse over time. Treatments such as acupuncture consider "evidence that acupuncture may be useful to ease the pain of osteoarthritis" (Davis, 2012). Many pharmaceuticals and herbal remedies have been found to help osteoarthritis patients relieve some of their pain, along with acupuncture. Most studies done with acupuncture and osteoarthritis are done on osteoarthritis of the knee and according to E. Ernest," acupuncture should play a role in the management of osteoarthritis of the

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