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You have probably heard acupuncture referred to at some point as “alternative medicine.”

The term itself consists of two very off­base implications.

First, it implies that acupuncture is a runner­up or a contingency plan to turn to when

medicine inevitably falls short, or should one choose not to utilize medicine in the first


Second, it implies that acupuncture is a type of medicine, albeit an alternative type.

To set the record straight, acupuncture stands alone in the detection and correction of the

body’s innate healing energies to bring about balance within the body and to maximize its

full expression of life. Acupuncturists are the only healthcare professionals specifically

trained to detect and correct the imbalances in the meridian systems.

Acupuncture is not a specialty of medicine, nor is it an alternative to anything other than

pain and suffering.

The focus of medicine is and always has been primarily on the treatment of symptoms

and disease. Think about it. Most of us were raised to essentially ignore our bodies until

they begin screaming out at us in the form of pain, numbness, indigestion, insomnia,

weakness, fatigue, or any other number of unbearable symptoms. It’s the classic knee-
jerk reaction.

When we can no longer stand it anymore, we simply take a drug ­ an artificial chemical

substance ­ and swallow it, inject it, rub it on, or drop it in, and hope that the symptom

magically goes away. With that magic comes plenty of side effects and the same

underlying state of ill health that you started with.

Acupuncture, on the other hand, is not concerned with the treatment of symptoms or

disease, but with determining the underlying cause of a particular problem, and restoring

the normal balance with the body’s meridian system, which is often the underlying cause

of outward expressions of sickness.

Life is expressed in the body through the meridian system, and healing is orchestrated

from removing energetic blockages within the body. When meridian system pathways

become kinked or out of balance, they dampen down the quality and quantity of energy

flowing throughout the body. Less flow equals less life.

The logical course of action when confronted with a health challenge should be to support

and enhance the body’s internal balance and let true health and healing run its natural


When you have acupuncture working for you, who needs an alternative?

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