Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day is October 24, 2005

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Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day occurs on Monday October 24, 2005, as part of an effort to increase public awareness of the benefits of Acupuncture and Oriental medicine. It is estimated that as many as 43% of Americans have used or are currently using some form of complementary or alternative therapy such as Acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day occurs on Monday October 24, 2005, as part of an effort to increase public awareness of the benefits of Acupuncture and Oriental medicine. It is estimated that as many as 43% of Americans have used or are currently using some form of complementary or alternative therapy such as Acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

In celebration of this special day Ian Wahl, a board certified Acupuncturist, licensed to practice in three states, and owner of The Wahls of Wellness in Arlington Heights, IL, is pleased to announce that his clinic is offering free Acupuncture and Oriental medicine consultations and evaluations for the community.

Wahl says, “There are many people in our community who suffer from chronic conditions that are not responding well to conventional Western medicine interventions. Our free service will give people an opportunity to learn about acupuncture and Oriental medicine; and to find out if it may help them.”

A typical trip to the family physician usually involves forty-five minutes in the waiting room, five minutes with the doctor and leaving with a prescription. Often ailments are not investigated in depth, as they should be. Countless patients are left thinking there is no hope for relief. However, rather than simply treating symptoms, many health concerns can be traced back to the source and be dealt with at the root of the problem.

Wahl explains, “Whether you have a chronic illness or just vague symptoms, it is a sign that one or more of your body’s systems is failing. From an Oriental medicine perspective, health problems are caused by blockages in the flow of blood and energy within the body.”

Acupuncture is the 3,500 year old healing science based on finding blockages in the flow of blood and energy in the body, and using specific techniques to remove those blockages. Specific points on the body are stimulated to increase blood and energy flow in order to improve organ function, and thus relieve pain and illness. Acupuncture is based on the fact that there is a measurable energy that travels through the body, which is called Qi (pronounced “Chee”). The energy moves through specific pathways called meridians. This energy, or Qi, moves blood and is vital to normal organ and tissue function. Good health is dependent upon the flow of energy and blood through the body. The blockage of energy and blood can cause pain and illness.

Wahl uses the analogy of a garden to explain this. “Just as a garden needs water to stay healthy, the body also needs the proper flow of energy and blood to vital organs. If you tried to water a garden with a water hose that had a kink or blockage that prevented water from getting through, then the plants in that garden would die. That vital flow of water could not reach the plants. It is very much the same with your body. If blood and energy cannot flow freely to all of the areas of your body, you would experience disease, illness and pain. Health is restored by finding and correcting the areas of blocked blood and energy flow and thus strengthening the immune system.” Wahl states, “Symptoms are the last phase of body dysfunction, not the first. Like the red signal light in your car that flashes when your engine is failing, a physical symptom is a signal that an underlying health problem needs to be corrected. Treating a symptom without uncovering its root cause is like replacing the warning light in your car rather than fixing your car’s engine. A person who wants to be healthy and stay healthy should see a healthcare professional who can remove the cause of lowered resistance before symptoms develop.” Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine treat the cause of health problems by finding the blocks to normal blood and energy flows and releasing these blocks.

What can cause a blockage to occur? According to Wahl, “Stress of any kind. Dietary stress, physical stress, or emotional stress causes the negative effects we experience as “symptoms.”

For thousands of years the goal of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine has been to help people achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. As Wahl puts it, “Acupuncture’s holistic approach gives you a complete overview of your personal health. With this information, an acupuncturist develops a treatment program that can relieve the underlying causes of your symptoms and improve all of your body’s systems.”

Ian Wahl, a member of the numerous state and national acupuncture and Oriental medicine associations, as well as a professional member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and an active member of the Doctors Speakers Bureau™ and the International Speakers Bureau™, provides seminars, workshops, and consultations to clients ranging from non-profit organizations to large corporations. Mr. Wahl also maintains a private practice at The Wahls of Wellness, Arlington Heights, IL, (847) 392-7901. For more information, see their website http://www.wahlsofwellness.com.

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