What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It dates back over 3000 years and it remains as simple today as it was then. TCM recognizes everything that affects us in our daily lives; food, work, weather, emotions, etc. influences our well-being.
Acupuncture is an elaborate map of the body. A system of meridians that act like conduits carrying the Qi and Blood throughout the body to nourish it. Qi is our vital energy force. It flows smoothly from one meridian to another, in a pattern. It is this easy and free flow of Qi that protects our body from disease and keeps our body moving without pain.
Qi is also responsible for carrying our blood throughout our body, nourishing all internal organs and providing them with the energy they need to function at their optimum levels. When the flow of Qi and blood are disrupted, disease, poor health and pain develop.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is concerned with flow of vital energy through the meridians … similar to an electrical circuit. Acupuncture taps into the flow of energy ( Qi or Chi) to all major organs of the body, helping remove blockages and creating the energy balance associated with good health.
Very fine acupuncture needles are placed in specific points (acupoints) on the body for up to 45 minutes. The Acupuncturist may stimulate specific points by tapping on, or rotating the needles. The procedure is virtually painless.
Acupuncture can help the body release endorphins, which is helpful in stimulating the proper functioning of the body’s hormonal systems and in alleviating pain. Endorphins are also are responsible for regulating serotonin in the human brain. Serotonin creates a feeling of well-being, helps relieve stress and depression.
Acupuncture is not a magic cure. It takes time to restore and balance energy systems that may have been imbalanced for years. Some symptoms may be alleviated with the first application, while remaining symptoms can take a number of treatments before the body’s systems return to good health. The number of treatments depends on the type of problem, length of illness, and response of your body to the therapy.
Does acupuncture hurt?
There is a sensation associated with the insertion of an acupuncture needle, but very few people would call it painful. Most people feel a mild pinch or prick when the needle is first inserted. Once the needle is in, there may be a mild dull ache or tingling sensation around the point or extending to other parts of the body along the energy pathways. This sensation is the Qi in the body and is a desired response. Because everyone has a different level of sensitivity, I use a wide variety of different gauges and styles of needles. I work with each patient to find the needle that is most comfortable and suitable for their level of sensitivity and their individual condition. Even the most needle-phobic clients can enjoy the benefits of acupuncture.
What are the risks of acupuncture?
Acupuncture is extremely safe. The needles used are single-use, sterile needles and the risk of contamination if virtually nil.
In some cases, the needle will leave a tiny bruise, which will fade as a normal bruise would fade.
Please be aware that there is absolutely no risk that acupuncture will interfere with any medications that you may be taking.
What can acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture has the potential to enhance the healing of any illness or injury as it stimulates the body’s innate ability to heal itself.
In a recent report, “Acupuncture: Review and analysis of reports on controlled clinical trials”, the following conditions have been shown in scientific trials to be treated effectively by acupuncture:
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Knee pain
- Elbow pain
- Period Pain
- Post-operative pain
- Harmful side-effects of chemotherapy or radiation therapy
- Correction of breech presentation of fetous
- Peptic ulcer
The World Health Organisation recognise that acupuncture can be a helpful part of a treatment plan for many illnesses.
A partial list includes:
- pain relief
- post surgery
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- facial tics
- spastic colon
- stroke rehab
- sports injuries
- neck pain
- sore throat
- high blood pressure
- bladder and kidney infections
- memory problems
- multiple sclerosis
- sensory disturbances
- pain during birth
What should I wear?
Please wear loose comfortable clothing.
I have private health cover, can I claim the treatments?
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