by Thu Trang
Acupuncture has recently attracted mass following with a harmonious combination of traditional and modern medicine, giving people significant, believable results.
Many people found their health had improved after acupuncture, so they put their belief in the needles' miraculous effectiveness.
Nguyen Van Minh, 65, lives in Ha Noi's Cau Giay District. He had a cardiovascular accident several years ago and has been partially paralysed since. His family took him to the National Hospital of Acupuncture for treatment to regain the ability to move. After receiving acupuncture along with massages, point injections and therapy for more than two months, he could walk again with crutches. Now he only needs to receive acupuncture once a week and practise walking at home.
"I cannot walk briskly like before, but I'm happy, as I can walk by myself," Minh said. "I do not expect any more."
Acupuncture isn't just good for the elderly – it can help children, too.
Three-year-old Phan Trong Hieu from the central province of Nghe An, is under treatment at the National Hospital of Acupuncture. Her growth is stunted and her bones are extremely weak, making it difficult to walk. But after a year at the hospital, she can walk a bit.
Nguyen Quoc Van, a doctor at the hospital, said that every year hundreds of children with cerebral palsy, epilepsy, meningitis, autism, asthma and other issues received treatment at the hospital.
"To help them return to a normal life, aside from taking medicine many families bring their children here to have acupuncture, which can help them improve," Van said.
The hospital has treated more than 100 autistic children over the last five years. The number of children who were solitary and refused to play with others decreased from 89 per cent in 2009 to 53 per cent last year, while the number of young patients who couldn't identify parts of their body dropped from 89 per cent in 2009 to 40 per cent last year.
Although the patients needed to be treated for a long time, each treatment only lasted from 30 minutes to one hour, Van said, adding that acupuncture was a safe, simple and cheap way to heal.
People used to think acupuncture could only treat everyday aches and pains, but now a growing body of evidence is showing that it helps with many types of diseases.
A good news which was declared yesterday was that Vietnamese acupuncture technology sector has worked with nearly 50 countries, according to data from the Conference on Acupuncture Vocational Training held in Ha Noi. Professor Nguyen Tai Thu, a famous acupuncture professor, was selected as deputy chairman of the World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies.
Acupuncture has proved itself in the international arena, as well as in Viet Nam. Acupuncture is now practised in 32 provinces and cities across the country, which means that more and more people can benefit from it.
Luckily I have been in good health and I rarely need medicine or treatment. But when I think about a day I'm weaker and need healing, I'm sure I'll choose acupuncture as one of my treatment methods. — VNS