A holistic way to improving your health.
The Holistic Approach to wellness has been making headway into mainstream medicine for some time. The importance of balance and harmony between mind, body, and spirit, is now being recognized as a requirement on the road to wellness. Acupuncture is a holistic method of treatment which compliments the western model of medicine, and is part of the treatment in many hospitals for both children and adults. Cancer patients are now being treated to mitigate the effects of chemotherapy and radiation. Young women seeking assistance for fertility issues, are using acupuncture, both independently, and as a complimentary treatment in conjunction with IVF.
Many university medical teaching hospitals are engaged in a student exchange program with China, in an effort to broaden the knowledge of newly trained physicians in the United States. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are also being studied in research facilities here in this country, and are of particular interest in cardiac research labs studying heart disease. Physicians are referring patients to acupuncturists for pain management. Traditional Chinese Medicine can be utilized as an alternative for patients with chronic conditions, who do not respond to western methods, or cannot use drug therapies due to sensitivities. It is particularly beneficial to those elderly patients with pain, who cannot undergo surgery or anesthesia due to a weak heart.
Acupuncturists use a diagnostic method called pattern differentiation to determine relationships between signs, symptoms, lifestyle behaviors, diet, workplace habits, personal or unique issues, and any other pertinent factors. The search for a contributing cause or causes is paramount in the formation of a treatment plan that will eliminate or mitigate those causative factors, as well as symptoms. The holistic approach is comprehensive, and assesses the individual patient as a “whole person”, instead of treating each complaint as a separate system. The goal is to assess all contributing issues, that may affect the patient and their state of wellness, and to create a treatment plan to bring the mind, the body, and the spirit into harmony and balance once again.
JOHN M. PORTER, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac., A.P.
NCCAOM Board Certified Acupuncturist