CT Scans Reveal That Acupuncture is Based Upon Sound Knowledge

CT Scans Reveal That Acupuncture is Based  Upon Sound Knowledge Blog  Acupuncture

All across the United States, millions of people suffer from chronic and sometimes debilitating illnesses. While modern medicine can control the symptoms of many diseases, most sufferers still experience life-altering symptoms that can greatly detract from their quality of life. Sometimes, the medicines prescribed for certain ailments have terrible side effects of their own, making many medications a bitter pill to swallow. Some of the most commonly diagnosed illness in the country include:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic pain conditions, such as fibromyalgia
  • Cancer
  • Arthritis

As advanced as we are technologically in the field of medicine, there seems to be limited options for symptom relief and true healing from the worst of these illnesses.

Acupuncture – Providing Scientifically-Based Relief
and Healing

There is a better way to relieve the symptoms of chronic illness and give your body the opportunity to heal. Acupuncture, a field of treatment that is based upon centuries-old traditional Chinese medicine, has been gaining popularity in the U.S. over the last few decades. Erroneously regarded by some as simply folk medicine, recent scientific studies have shown that acupuncture causes real and tangible changes within the human body.

During a treatment session, specific points are stimulated with small, thin needles. Called acupoints, these areas are located near large concentrations of nerves and blood vessels. Acupoints are located along meridians, which are the primary pathways through which major nerve and circulatory processes are carried out. These pathways channel the flow of nerve and blood energy that is released from acupoints during a treatment. This energy is known in traditional Chinese medicine as qi.

Computerized Tomography Reveals the Healing Power
of Acupuncture

During a recent clinical study, computerized tomography (CT) scans were performed to reveal how this medical treatment works. CT scans provide a detailed and three-dimensional view of tissues and blood vessels. During this study, areas of the body that are non-specific to traditional Chinese medicine were compared to known acupoints and meridians. The areas of the body that are specific to this medical practice were empirically proven to contain higher densities of thick blood vessels as well as micro-vascular structures.

While the millions of people who find relief and healing in this traditional form of treatment don’t need proof to know it works, science continues to validate this ancient and holistic medical art.

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In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
to proper diagnostic workup

Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)

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Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)

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Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
on dynamic sonography examination

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