What is acupuncture? What does it do for pain? Is it for you?
Do you enjoy having injections? Not, likely, you say. Well, how about voluntarily subjecting yourself to, not one, but multiple needle pricks, all in an attempt to relieve pain. If you think that only a masochist would allow such torture to his body, then you need to get up to scratch on acupuncture.
Acupuncture originated in China some 250 years before the birth of Christ. The Chinese found that the insertion of fine needles stimulated or calmed certain parts of the body. Specifically, acupuncture was discovered to have the following effects: (1) Sedation: Prior to a tooth extraction, childbirth by Caesarean section or any number of medical procedures, acupuncture can sedate the patient without causing the none too pleasant side effects of vomiting and dizziness. (2) Relaxation: After treatment the patient feels as if a weight has been taken off his shoulders. His muscles feel loose and relaxed, as if he has just had a fantastic deep tissue massage. (3) Functional Modification: Muscular pain can be eased, if not eliminated, and functionally unhealthy conditions can be corrected.
Sound pretty good, so far? Want to give it a try? Or, are you still not able to get over the needle thing? Well, calm down ? it's not that bad. Really. The acupuncture needles are, in fact, pleasantly unobtrusive. Although they vary in length from 5 to 7 centimetres, they are very fine. Made of silver or stainless steel, they have a thickness of just 0.1 millimetres. With a set of these tools and a metal guide tube the acupuncturist sets to work. Here's the routine he'll usually follow: (a) As an aid to diagnosis he will take the patient's pulse. He will also feel to determine the hardness of the muscles. He will then ascertain where the origin of a patient's pain is. (b) A needle will be inserted about an inch from the pain center. This will cause the nerves in that area to vibrate. Several smaller needles will be inserted around the same area. (c) The acupuncturist will now use reflexology techniques to insert a needle in the foot such that the area affecting the pained muscle is affected. (d) After treatment, the patient should rest for about 30 minutes before resuming with his day.
The actual insertion of the needles is a matter of precision. The needle is placed in a guide tube held in the acupuncturist's left hand. The guide tube is slightly shorter than the needle itself. The acupuncturist will now give a light tap with his right index finger and the needle is painlessly inserted into the skin at exactly the right spot. So, just how does acupuncture work? Well, that is a secret that its Oriental practitioners are not ready to divulge. The closest to an explanation came from a life-long acupuncturist who said, "Acupuncture is simply our way of treating illness. The patient likes the personal touch that is sometimes regrettably missing in Western medical treatment. Through acupuncture we can ease pain and correct an unhealthy condition ? in other words, help one who is sick to regain reasonable health." If you want to do just that, perhaps it's time you went under the needle.
1. Traditional style rugs replicate the classic patterns, colors, and styles of antique rugs. Below we outline some of the most popular rugs in the traditional style category.
Oriental or Persian: 'Oriental' is an out-of-date term meaning 'of the East', with 'the East' being defined as a vast region reached by early European explorers when they travelled east over the Mediterranean Sea or by circling the southern tip of Africa. Oriental rugs loosely classify any rug in one of the original styles characteristic of these regions' rug weavers. Rug weaving began due to funcitonal necessity, and evolved into an art. Rugs were originally created by travelling tribes of shepherds who made themselves blankets and floor mats for comfortable sleeping. The craft was developed to include hand-woven flat weave rugs as well as dense, cushiony, cut-pile hand-knotted rugs, and a variety of other interpretations that developed into unique design and manufacturing traditions. Persian and oriental rugs feature intricate patterns, including many that specific to particular tribes of weavers. The motifs and patterns used can identify where an ancient rug was made, and who made it. Western explorers who found these beautifully handmade rugs recognized their exotic aesthetic appeal and purchased them for consumers back home. As demand for the beautiful 'oriental' rugs developed, so did the trade. The oriental rugs were originally made, from start to finish, completely by hand. Wool was sheared from sheep or goats and spun into yarns that were woven or knotted together on ancient loom structures. For hundreds of years this trade progressed, and while the traditional hand-made techniques for rug weaving are being replaced with more efficient machines as well as synthetic dyes and materials, the traditional patterns of the original oriental and persian rugs are still being manufactured today. Handmade imported rugs are usually more expensive than the machine-manufactured alternatives. CSN Rugs offers a wonderful selection of both.
Tribal Flat-Weaves:Many tribal flat-weave rugs are also examples of oriental or Persian styles. Styles like kilims and dhurries were woven originally by nomadic peoples to be used as blankets. However, similar weaving styles are also characteristic of Native American and Central American rugs, including rugs that fall under the often misused classification of Navajo rugs. Flat-weave rugs are made on looms. Warps are stretched vertically from the bottom to the top of the loom. The wefts are then woven through the warps to create a flat textile surface. Patterns in flat-weave rugs must be simple, due to the weaving technique. Therefore, geometric and simple pastoral designs are typical of the tribal flat-weave rug styles. CSN Rugs carries a large selection of rugs made in the traditional flat-weaving techniques and patterns of both the nomadic tribes of Southern and Western Asia and the Native American tribes of the Southwestern United States and Mexico.
Aubusson and Savonnerie:Aubusson and Savonnerie rugs are related styles that originated in France in the 15th century. Elegant, floral, and extremely popular with modern designers, Aubusson rugs are making a resurgence in modern homes. Typically featuring floral medallions in open fields, Aubusson rugs were originally flat-weave rugs. Today the Aubusson patterns have been adapted into more foot-friendly pile rugs. The Aubusson is the model for many contemporary Indian and Persian rug styles. Savonnerie rugs have always been pile carpets, and look similar to Persian rugs from Kerman. Savonnerie rugs have an impressionist quality that many people find to be very appealing. Aubusson and Savonnerie styles have evolved into several main styles over the course of the following centuries, right up until the turn of the 20th century. Other style names for the Aubusson and Savonnerie designs include Antoinette, Josephine and Maison.
2. Transitional style is easy to approach for the do-it-yourself designer. Transitional rugs combine both contemporary and traditional design styles into one, creating a look that is both classic and modern. Transitional rugs join contemporary elements like animal prints with traditional borders, simplify antique patterns into clean lines and shapes, and add bright colors to the antique look of traditional rugs. The versatility of transitional rugs makes them a good choice if you're not sure which of the less flexible styles suits your taste or your home ? transitional carpets work in pretty much any setting.
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