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Accupoucture Essay

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Acupuncture and Anxiety

Acupuncture and Anxiety
Acupuncture and anxiety are two words that go hand and hand. Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on the body by inserting needles to cause a change in the physical functions of the body. Anxiety is a disorder that causes fear, apprehension and worrying. Acupuncture is one that relieves stress and anxiety is a form of stress. When these two are put together, it calls for total body healing and restoration.
Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles into the skin at specific points, in order to influence the functioning of the body. The person requiring the treatment must have a careful observation of the body, which ...view middle of the document...

In 1929, acupuncture had taken a drastic decline in the Chinese society. It was being talked about with superstitions and it was being called irrational at times. Times had gotten so tough concerning acupuncture that it was outlawed in China. In 1949, the communist party took power and gained control during the guerilla war. No medical service was available troops, ad communist encouraged Chinese remedies because they were cheap, acceptable and available. This was the turnaround for acupuncture, and it was then introduced into hospitals and clinic began to study the practice, allowing for new developments of acupuncture to be discovered. In 1971, a member of the US Press Corps was treated with acupuncture after an emergency appendectomy while in China. When he returned to the states, he published a piece in the New York Times describing his ordeal and treatment, this article sparked an interest in acupuncture within the states. At a NIH consensus conference, there was a report of a positive outcome of the practice of acupuncture. This report in return, caused acupuncture to be accepted in the USA.
The chronic disease that is well treated with acupuncture is anxiety. Anxiety is characterized as a psychiatric disorder caused by multiple or nonspecific factors. These factors can cause worrying, anger, panic, obsessions and a host of other emotions that may interfere with a person’s ability to function. There are different types of anxieties that must be diagnosed, such as panic disorder, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress just to name a few.
Even though acupuncture is accepted in the United States, there are many cultural challenges faced by the afflicted anxiety population. For example; Hispanic patients are private and deem that mental health problems should be kept within the family. This challenge makes it hard on the patient because often there condition goes left untreated, because of this way of living. Secondly, African Americans with anxiety believe that one condition is the result of another condition, and they also do not trust the practitioner diagnosing them mentally. With this being the case, it makes it hard for African Americans to get treatment, accept the diagnosis, and trust the medical care that is needed. The third cultural group is Asian Americans; they face cultural challenges with anxiety, because their anxiety is brought on socially. Therefore, it makes it very difficult to treat, because after treatment they will reside with the factors that caused the treatment; themselves. The practitioner, the one whom has to deal with all of these cultural issues while diagnosing and treating, faces the stigma of what comes along with each. Simply because, with these challenges comes new challenges that plague the patient daily. This makes the treatment process lengthier and tedious. For example, if an African American comes to a CAM practitioner for anxiety, because all conventional medicines...

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