by Amol Malik
Nearly half of Canadians are suffering from anxiety. In a survey conducted by The National Post 41 per cent of those surveyed identified themselves as “someone who struggles with anxiety.” A third said they had been formally diagnosed with anxiety. A similar proportion had been prescribed antidepressants. Justin Lee says acupuncture could be instrumental in dealing with this stress.
Lee, a licensed acupuncturist, based in Toronto explains that acupuncture helps with pain and various range of diseases along with anxiety. He says, there is always a way to treat an illness with acupuncture except for emergencies like heart attack, a deep wound or something that involves immediate surgery.
Justin has been practicing acupuncture for last five years. He says the number of people coming for the treatment has increased and he’s happy with it just as people are satisfied with the results. Most of the people coming in for the treatment are workers on corporate environment suffering from chronic pain.
Traditional Chinese medicine explains that health is the result of a harmonious balance of the complementary extremes of “yin” and “yang” of the life force known as “qi,” pronounced “chi.” Illness is said to be the consequence of an imbalance of the forces.
Qi is said to flow through meridians, or pathways, in the human body. These meridians and energy flows are accessible through 350 acupuncture points in the body.
Inserting needles into these points with appropriate combinations is said to bring the energy flow back into proper balance.
Lee explains how acupuncture will promote healing if there is something wrong with your heart.
There is no scientific proof that the meridians or acupuncture points exist, and it is hard to prove that they either do or do not, but numerous studies suggest that acupuncture works for some conditions.
Some experts have used neuroscience to explain acupuncture. Acupuncture points are seen as places where nerves, muscles, and connective tissue can be stimulated. The stimulation increases blood flow, while at the same time triggering the activity of the body’s natural painkillers.
It is difficult to set up investigations using proper scientific controls, because of the invasive nature of acupuncture. In a clinical study, a control group would have to undergo sham treatment, or a placebo, for results to be compared with those of genuine acupuncture.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of medicine and healing in the world. It has been around for thousands of years, and originated in China.
Chinese medicine, and more specifically acupuncture, made its way to Japan through Korea in the 6th century, and has been practiced there for over 14 centuries. For the most part, when the average modern American thinks of acupuncture, they automatically associate it with Chinese medicine.
However, Japan has practiced it for 14 centuries, and over time a difference in practices and techniques was developed, making for a very different art and philosophy towards acupuncture.
Lee practices a more Japanese style of Chinese acupuncture. He claims it to be beneficial in terms of less use of energy of the patient. He says every needle inserted in body corresponds to and uses up the patient’s energy. Hence, the use of more needles for longer time takes up more energy and the patient may end up feeling more exhausted and drained rather than relaxed.
Lee explains that this procedure involves affecting the mind over body and enhancing the healing ability of body on its own.