By Diane Chen
Acupuncture practically means to puncture with a needle. Yet, the use of needles is often accompanied by moxibustion (the burning above the skin of selected herbs) and can also involve the use of other kinds of stimulation to some points. In this publication the term acupuncture is used in a way to include traditional body needling, moxibustion, electric acupuncture, laser acupuncture, microsystem acupuncture such as hand and scalp acupuncture, and application of pressure at selected sites.
Acupuncture originally started in China many centuries ago and later spread to Japan, the Korean peninsula and elsewhere in Asia. Acupuncture is widely used in health care systems in the countries of this part of the world. It is officially accknowledged by governments and well perceived by the general population. Although it was introduced to Europe as early as the seventeenth century, scepticism about its effectiveness continues to exist in regions where scientific medicine is the foundation of health delivery system, especially in those where acupuncture has not yet been broadly practised. Public questions whether acupuncture has a true therapeutic effect. There is therefore a need for scientific research that examine the effectiveness of acupuncture.
A lot of clinical trials have been conducted to examine the effectiveness of acupuncture. Some of these studies have provided incontrovertible evidence that acupuncture is more successful than placebo treatments in many conditions. For instance, the proportion of chronic pain relieved by acupuncture is generally in the range 55-85%, which compares favourably with that of potent drugs such as morphine and far outweighs the placebo effect of 30-35%. In addition, the effect of acupuncture analgesia have been examined extensively since the late 1970s, revealing the role of neural elements.
The practicability of acupuncture is also an important factor to think about. The advantages of acupuncture are that it is convenient and has few contraindications. Although the success rate of acupuncture therapy in managing kidney stones, for example, is established by comparative studies with other therapies, it is by no means as high as that of surgical intervention. On the other hand, acupuncture treatment of kidney stones is still worth recommending because of its simplicity, which makes it more acceptable to patients. There are also cases when acupuncture is not as practicable as regular treatment. For example, the usefulness of acupuncture therapy of acute bacillary dysentery has been shown to be comparable with that of furazolidone, however oral administration of furazolidone or other antidysenteric drugs is more convenient.
The conditions of the health service in a given country should also be considered in evaluating acupuncture practice. In developing countries, where medicines are still lacking, the need for acupuncture may be substantial; proper use of acupuncture therapy could benefit many patients. However, in developed countries, where the health care system is well established, with sophisticated technology and adequate personnel, acupuncture might be of great value in only a limited number of conditions. It can still serve as a valuable alternative treatment for many diseases or conditions. It is particularly of value in situations where the patient is frightened of the potential adverse effects of conventional therapies. As a matter of fact, in certain developed countries, the disorders for which patients seek help from acupuncturists tend to be beyond the scope of conventional medicine.
The website of Britannia Acupuncture Clinic will provide you with more information on this topic.
Dogs adoption-many peoples desire
By usman akhtar
Many people want to keep animals as pet in their homes. It is really a lovely way to express our emotions and love for animals. The best animals that many people like to adopt as their pet are dogs, kittens and goats. Dogs are the most famous among all other animals in this regards. Many people have dogs as their pet in their home. They like to adopt dogs of good breed. Dog is such a faithful animal that is why it has become the first choice regarding pet.
There starts a new wave of dogs adoption in west again. No matter how big or small the homes of people but they like to keep dogs in their home and if they have a single room even then they like to keep their pet dog with them. According to them they feel great affection with their pet dogs that is why they want to keep them wherever they are.
Though, it is not so much easy to adopt a dog. There may be many complications in this regard. If you want adopt a dog as your pet then you must take full knowledge regarding health and adoption. If you are intending to adopt a dog then it is your duty to make your dog happy and you can only do this by giving it a happy and healthy environment. Keep it in a clean kennel. Give it a healthy dogs food. Train it by sending it a training center and take it to the vet for monthly checkup. In this way you can keep a healthy pet dog in your home and can make it an active member of your family.
Welcoming A New Pet
By Ronnie Hutson
A lot of thought should go into the decision to bring home a new pet. Some of the things to consider are the ages of your children, your family’s lifestyle and your experience with raising a dog or cat. If you have been influenced by your children, you need to determine their ability to assume some of the responsibility for the care of the pet.
A cute puppy or kitten may not be the right choice for a very young child. Puppies are fragile and not ready for rowdy play. A visit to your local animal shelter may yield the perfect older dog that is ready to play and will appreciate you for the rest of its life. A dog or cat with a little age has probably gotten over the puppy habits of chewing and may even be housebroken.
Dog proof your home. When your new arrival gets there, you will have to teach them what is okay to chew and what is not. As soon as you get them home, you must establish yourself as the leader of the pack. If you don’t, they will assume that responsibility and you will have a lot of trouble on your hands.
A visit to the veterinarian is necessity. You can be sure that your new family member is healthy and up to date on vaccinations. It will also be the perfect opportunity to have them spayed or neutered. Puppies should be at least six months old before being neutered or spayed. This will give your pet the benefit of long life without the unwanted pregnancy, no risk of uterine or testicular cancer and a happy pet all of the time.
Obedience training is next. If you are experienced in teaching a dog the right way to behave, good for you. If not, find a local basic obedience class and enroll. It will give you the opportunity to bond with your pet and to truly establish yourself as the leader of the pack. It will give the dog the opportunity to become socialized with other dogs and people. Simple commands such as stay, sit and come are vital to a good relationship with your dog.
Choosing the right food is also important. If you adopt an older pet, you should know if there are any food sensitivities or allergies. Then you will know what to look for on the ingredient labels at the pet store. If you are new to pet ownership, you can find a lot of available information on the Internet. Your veterinarian is also a prime source of proper nutrition for your pet.
Cats are not very excited about baths. Fortunately, they also do a fairly good job at grooming themselves. Dogs on the other hand, need baths. Choose a hypoallergenic shampoo at your bet store or discount store and plan to bathe your dog on a regular basis.
Bedding is a fun item to choose for your dog. Providing the perfect bed for your new friend to use will keep it happy and provide a sense of security. The best way to introduce your dog to its own place is to place a soft, comfortable pillow in their crate.