Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine – Health Care For a New Millennium Part 2

In part one of this article we discussed some of the problems with our current health care system and the differences in point of view between acupuncture and Chinese medicine and our current western medicine views. Part 2 discusses exactly how acupuncturists and practitioners of Chinese medicine treat the body and disease, as well as the future of health care.


Once a diagnosis is made, treatments are designed to help the body restore its balance. The treatments in Chinese medicine are particularly different from what we’re accustomed to in the West. Chinese medicine primarily uses acupuncture, Chinese herbs and other traditional physical therapies to heal the body.

Acupuncture is a hands-on treatment method designed to adjust the circulation in the body. The acupuncturist may be adjusting circulation to or from an organ, joint, painful area, etc. To adjust circulation, the acupuncturist properly chooses a series of five to ten acupuncture points, out of the several hundred points all over the body. The acupuncturist then stimulates the point using pressure, heat, or a fine, hair-like needle. Much like tuning an instrument, this gentle and precise method fine-tunes the body’s systems to make it operate smoothly. And, unlike drugs, acupuncture is free of harmful side effects.

Acupuncturists also often use natural herbal substances to aid in the healing of imbalances; however, we prescribe herbs differently from Western herbalists. Most naturopaths and Western herbalists prescribe herbs in the same way that doctors prescribe drugs (Herb X cures Symptom X, etc.). A Chinese herbalist will instead create a complex, customized formula involving approximately five to twenty herbs, uniquely balanced for that specific patient and problem. Because no two people are alike, no two people with the same problem will take the same formula! This prescription method is very powerful in helping each individual heal and restore balance.

Herbs are not used as a palliative measure to gloss over problems or merely relieve symptoms, and once the patient has restored his/her health, he/she discontinues taking the herbs. The goal is to heal the patient, then maximize health through prevention.


The last way that a Chinese medicine practitioner differs than a modern Western medical practitioner is our focus on prevention. We feel that once the patient has healed from the problem and restored a healthy balance, both the patient and practitioner must focus on prevention to make sure that the problem does not recur. Through education, the practitioner helps the patient understand how the imbalances occurred in the first place, and how to prevent them in the future.

Maintaining health is similar to driving a car. The driver can’t hold the steering wheel in one position and expect to stay safely on the road! He/she must constantly make minor adjustments with the steering wheel to stay on course. Our bodies are the same; even when healthy, we must make periodic, minor adjustments to stay perfectly healthy.

Prevention can consist of activities such as the proper exercise for that individual, the proper diet for that individual, relaxation techniques and home health remedies. The practitioner may also recommend periodic “tune-ups” to help the patient maintain optimum health. Prevention and maintenance is always cheaper than waiting until you get sick.

Other Considerations

One more thing to consider: acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine is much less expensive than Western medicine. An average office visit to a Chinese medical practitioner costs approximately $65, plus about $10 for herbs. The average visit to a Western medical doctor can cost hundreds of dollars, and prescription medications can cost nearly as much (sometimes more). And let’s just hope you don’t need tests, the sum total of which occasionally runs in the thousands of dollars. The meager cost of a natural, preventative approach pays for itself in cash, happiness and well-being.

Remember, you can always increase the strength of a treatment, but you can never undo a surgery. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine may not be the solution for every problem, but isn’t it worth giving yourself the chance to heal naturally? If you or someone you know is dealing with a health problem, you have nothing to lose by trying this time-proven medicine – the health care system for the new millennium.

Wheel of Fortune Game to Attract New Business

With the economy struggling to bounce back from a severe recession, most find the price of gasoline prohibitive. Not surprisingly, the dependence on a vehicle to earn a living drives many to grudgingly pay the inflated prices. Though many gas stations believe they have their customers over a barrel, giving customers a positive experience with every visit will encourage loyalty and increase revenue.

A wheel of fortune game can be a great way to give customers a little dose of fun in a long, hard day while attracting business. Simply offering a twenty-five dollar gas card as the grand prize could bring in dozens of customers, seeking the thrill of spinning the wheel as much as the free gasoline they could potentially win. If a free give-away seems contraindicated in a tough economy, one should consider the financial impact just a few more regular customers could have on any particular day.

So, how can a wheel of fortune game be used to attract new business?


Making it fun should always be a priority when developing a marketing campaign in today’s economy. With a multitude of worries plaguing the average consumer, a little fun can go a long way in staving on depression and improving productivity. With a customizable prize wheel, one can proudly display key services a gas station offers or offer free products and services to each customer with a flick of the wrist. With a chance to win free fuel or a deep discount on an oil change, many customers find themselves compelled to keep that wheel spinning.

Aside from the financial benefits of winning a prize, a gas station with a heart could improve the cardiovascular health of each of its customers by simply offering a chance to spin the wheel. How? Researchers have found that laughter is a strong medicine that can relax the smooth muscles in blood vessels, lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.


Few managers would recognize the significant impact a free tank of gas could make on the average individual’s finances. With an extra forty to a hundred dollars, an individual who previously struggled to make ends meet now has a cushion against sudden emergencies. In the very least, that saved money could be deposited into the bank and used to help put a child through college. Imagine, by using a wheel of fortune game, the average gas station can make a small investment in the future success and stability of the nation. After all, an educated population will likely invest more time and money into creating a better political, legal, and financial environment for the next generation.