What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture primarily involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific acupoints on the body.This promotes healing by rebalancing the body’s natural Qi or energy flow through channels called meridians. According to Chinese medicine theory the imbalance of a person’s Qi (pronounced chee) causes disease.
Your practitioner may also use Chinese herbs, Gua Sha and cupping, depending on what you are receiving treatment for. An individual treatment plan will be tailored to suit your personal needs.
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How does Acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is just one part of the broader system of treatment known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which is based on the concept of an energy flow through the body called Qi or Chi. This energy is circulated through the body via 14 main energy pathways called meridians. Each one of these pathways or channels is thought to be linked to an internal organ. It is believed that if this flow of energy is blocked, imbalances occur which in turn lead to health problems.
This block in the energy flow can be cleared away with the insertion of acupuncture needles at special acupuncture points along the meridians. When the needles are applied to the points the organ function is stimulated. There are 1,000 acupuncture points within the meridian system.
Acupuncture and acupressure (the stimulation of the points with the fingers and hands) treatments are aimed at unblocking the meridians, easing muscle tension, and stimulating the energy and blood flow so the natural healing mechanisms of the body are adjusted, striking a balance in the body.
When the patient is seen for the first time, the practitioner will take a complete history and then may take a strictly Chinese approach to medical examination or they may use a combination of Eastern and Western techniques. Palpation or testing of the meridians is often done prior to needle insertion.
When the acupuncture needle is inserted, a slight, dull pain, tingling or electrical-like sensation may be felt which is called the ‘De Qi’ sensation and this indicates the Qi has been accessed. Once the needle is in place, no further discomfort should be felt. In actual fact, often there will be an occasional agreeable, tingling or warm feeling experienced along the meridians.
Some common conditions that can successfully be treated or relieved by acupuncture include:
- Headaches & Migraines
- anxiety, depression, nervous tension, stress
- addictions such as smoking and alcoholism
- digestive problems such as indigestion, flatulence, diarrhoea, constipation
- skin blemishes, lines and wrinkles
- bowel problems such as colitis and haemorrhoids
- liver and gallbladder problems
- kidney and bladder problems
- respiratory problems such as asthmatic conditions, bronchitis, tonsillitis, sinusitis, sore throat, earache, cold and influenza;
- skin conditions such as acne, eczema or psoriasis
- muscle problems including athletic injuries, cramps, strains and sprains
- arthritic conditions including the general pain of arthritis, sciatica, bursitis, tendonitis, gout and
- toothache, gum problems and mouth ulcers.
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