More than 1 million people are living with HIV in the United States. Can ancient Eastern Medical practices, like acupuncture and herbs, have the potential to enrich their health and quality of life? Can these ancient practices combat this modern epidemic?
The answer is yes. Acupuncture may be thousands of years old, yet is uniquely effective in the treatment of HIV/AIDS. Acupuncture can boost the immune system, keeping the body resilient and capable of fighting infection. Acupuncture also relieves the symptoms of the disease, such as fatigue, chest tightness, digestion issues, flu-like symptoms, and viral rash. It can also reduce the side effects of antiretroviral medications like AZT, which may include chills, rash, confusion, dizziness, headache, diarrhea, nausea, weight loss, muscle pain, liver enlargement and a decrease in blood cells.
Regular Acupuncture can be a great ally in alleviating the stress, anxiety and depression that can follow a positive HIV/AIDS diagnosis. Eastern Medicine emphasizes treating the whole person, including emotional stress, which can adversely affect the overall health of a person. *
People who receive a positive diagnosis are often advised to start drug therapy as soon as possible; however, the side effects of these drugs can be toxic. Some patients do not develop symptoms of HIV right away. In fact, several years sometimes pass before symptoms appear and T-cell counts begin to plummet. For these reasons, some patients hesitate to start taking medicine right away. Some of those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS prefer to look for alternate treatment options to combat the disease and slow its progression into full development. Eastern Medicine is one of these alternatives. Many public healthcare models using Eastern Medicine have gained a wide acceptance in the local HIV/AIDS community. Further research is currently underway.
For local screening, treatment, counseling services please contact:
NO/AIDS Task Force (504) 821-2601 2601 Tulane Ave, Ste 500, New Orleans 70119 Fax: 504-821-2040 www.noaidstaskforce.org
For the latest research, go to: www.aids.org
If you are considering Acupuncture as a treatment for AIDS, or any other illness or discomforts, consider our Acu-therapy package, which is currently at reduced pricing for the holiday season.