AUTHOR’S CORNER: Acupuncture, MEDICINE OR MYTH

Hello campbellsworld visitors.
This afternoon I’ve been rummaging round in folders looking for something different to post.
I ran across this very interesting article written by Friend and Author Phyllis Campbell, and thought I’d share it with you.
I for one am up for anything that would stop the hot flashes associated with menopause.
I know others who would most likely stick a needle just about anywhere to get rid of the migraines that plague them.
So, what do you think? Medicine or myth?
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Oh yes, make sure to keep reading once the article’s through to learn all about Phyllis Campbell and her most magnificent books.

Acupuncture, MEDICINE OR MYTH

What do you think of when you hear the word acupuncture? There are many answers to this question
It is often associated with a dirty little back room and the smell of nasty things that might appear in one of the Potter books. Some may see it as one of the best kept secrets of the Orient, while others couldn’t care less.
Neither would be completely right. Like anything else, acupuncture has its good sides and its bad. Since it has been around, literally for centuries, there’s no question that it has been practiced by those who were less than ethical by our modern idea of ethics and sanitation. It is agreed, however, that in many instances, it works where other forms of therapy may fail.
The word comes from the Latin acus meaning needle, and punctura, meaning to puncture. It is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine, considered alternative medicine by our modern society, although there are insurance companies that recognize its value, and pay for treatment.
Acupuncture involves the use of thin needles inserted into the body at acupuncture points. It can be associated with the application of heat, pressure, or laser light to these same points.
It is commonly used for pain relief, especially for back and neck pain, osteoarthritis/knee pain, and headache. It is often quite beneficial in the treatment of tension headache, and the prevention of migraine headaches. It should be noted, however, that some researchers maintain that these benefits are short term. It should also be noted, , that others disagree.
but in general, it is considered helpful where nothing else has proven beneficial, although, as with other treatments, there are cases where it fails. Unfortunately, it is these failures that give acupuncture what might be considered a bad name.
Recently, researchers have begun to consider the value of acupuncture in the treatment of other conditions. Some of these studies supported by the National Institute Of Health are looking at the possibility that acupuncture might be used to reduce the frequency of hot flashes associated with menopause, and whether acupuncture can reduce pain and discomfort that may accompany chemotherapy.
Is acupuncture safe? As with any treatment there is always a risk. Think about that frightening list of things your surgeon presents you with before surgery. It’s enough to send you running for your life. The dangers of acupuncture are pretty much the same. They might sound frightening, but seldom happen, although the patient must be warned in the same way the patient must be warned by the surgeon. The problems faced in acupuncture are, as with most things caused by the carelessness or poor training of the therapist. Dirty needles were a serious problem in the past, but no more with a reputable therapist.
Choose your therapist carefully just as you choose any medical professional. Most states require a license, certification, or registration to practice acupuncture. however, education and training standards and requirements for obtaining these vary from one state to another. A license doesn’t ensure the quality of care, it is an indication that the practitioner meets certain standards regarding the knowledge and use of acupuncture. Most states require a diploma from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine licensing.
Some conventional practitioners such as physicians and dentists practice acupuncture. In addition, national acupuncture organizations may provide referrals. These organizations can be found in libraries and on the Internet.
When you have found a practitioner and determined his or her qualifications ask about the estimated number of treatments needed, remembering that as with any medical treatment the number could change. Although you may be one of these people who shrink at the mention of money it is a good idea to ask how much they will cost. Remember to check with your insurance provider to see if they will pay for all or any of
the cost.

MORE ON AUTHOR PHYLLIS CAMPBELL…

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Phyllis Staton Campbell, who was born blind, writes about the world she knows best. She calls on her experience as teacher of the blind, peer counselor and youth transition coordinator. She says that she lives the lives of her characters: lives of sorrow and joy; triumph and failure; hope and despair. That she and her characters sometimes see the world in a different way, adds depth to the story. She sees color in the warmth of the sun on her face, the smell of rain, the call of a cardinal, and God, in a rainbow of love and grace.
Although she was born in Amherst County, Virginia, she has lived most of her life in Staunton, Virginia, where she serves as organist at historic Faith Lutheran church, not far from the home she shared with her husband, Chuck, who waits beyond that door called death.

Books by Phyllis Campbell.

New Release 2017
Where Sheep May Safely Graze

Other books by Phyllis Campbell…

COME HOME MY HEART, 1985.
REPRINTED IN 2001

FRIENDSHIPS IN THE DARK, 1996 Reprint 1997

The Evil Men Do 2006, true crime, written under contract for the family of the victim.

Who Will hear Them Cry, April, 2012

A Place To Belong August, 2012

Out of the Night February, 2014

Customer Review
5.0 out of 5 Where Sheep May Safely Graze This book was wonderful. It held my attention from the first page …
ByAFBon February 24, 2018

This book was wonderful. It held my attention from the first page until the end and I did not want it to end. I hope a second book will be forth coming. Kudos to you Phyllis for the best book I have read in a long time.

If you would like to contact Phyllis email her at: Pcampbell16@verizon.net
Or
campbellphyllis17@gmail.com

To see more visit: http://www.amazon.com/author/psc-books-all

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One Response to AUTHOR’S CORNER: Acupuncture, MEDICINE OR MYTH

  1. Patty says:

    My apologies. This post had to be updated.

    Please accept my apologies.

    Somehow the article doubled itself.

    If you’ve any trouble reading, please let me know.

    Like

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