Insurance rates are skyrocketing. There’s a crisis in access to healthcare for the economically disadvantaged. Advances in medical technology and preventive healthcare are advancing at an impressive rate. These are the headlines. Some are very positives while others scream of doom and gloom. When too much information is available, our brains often shut down and process it as simply white noise. More money is spent on healthcare in the last three years of life than ever before. We’ve placed a huge priority on life sustaining medical technology.
All too often, preventive care and non-invasive medical care is seen as inadequate when compared to the plethora of prescriptive medicines and surgical procedures now available. It begs to question why other cultures, Far Eastern and European, having been practicing homeopathic medicine with success for centuries. We have become a culture of preferring and believing in bigger and better.
Acupuncture has long been underrated as a pain management therapy in the United States. Just the notion conjures the fear of needles. The size of needles used in acupuncture is about the size of a strand of hair. There is literally no physical pain to be endured, only fear of anticipation. Acupuncture serves to eliminate or reduce pain caused from fibromyalgia, chemotherapy induced nausea, muscle pain and stress. In lieu of rushing to have opioid addictive prescriptions filled, patients are slowly starting to understand, and embrace, the benefits of acupuncture. With little to no negative side effects, undergoing acupuncture can be a first course of action in pain management.
Knowledge is power. Could the benefits of acupuncture be attributed to the placebo effect? Quite possibly. Is that so bad? Changing mindsets to embrace preventive medicine, alternative procedures and forgoing the rush to the latest medical advances will most likely take yet another generation. It is clear that new courses of medical treatment need to be explored to reduce our dependency on invasive procedures, toxic drugs with devastating side effects and rein in explosive medical expenses. Arm yourself with information and knowledge when making decisions about the most effective medical treatments available.