What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a part of an integrated system of primary health care, known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that has an uninterrupted history of development dating back thousands of years in china and other parts of East Asia.
Acupuncture takes a holistic approach to understanding normal functions and disease processes and focuses as much on the prevention of illness as on the treatment of illness.
How does it work?
Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific sites (acupuncture points) along the bodies meridians to clear energy blockages and encourage the normal flow of Qi (chi) through the individual. From a western point of view, needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord and brain. These chemical changes will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other hormones that influence the bodies own internal regulating system.
Is Acupuncture safe?
In my clinics I have always used disposable single use sterile needles that are not reused and properly disposed of after each treatment.
All equipment is sterilized after use.
What to expect from Acupuncture
After a session of acupuncture you will normally feel relaxed and refreshed, but specific responses depend on each person. For instance, some people feel energized, while others feel sleepy. Occasionally, the symptoms get a little worse before they improve.
The number of treatments you need depends on your condition. In most cases, people experience a reduction in symptoms within a few sessions. The idea of acupuncture is to restore the natural balance of energy inside your body. Once the balance is restored, the body can take care of itself and no further treatments are necessary.
Acupuncture can assist in the treatment of:
- Muscular-skeletal Disorders: sciatica, lower back pain, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel, tennis elbow.
- Digestive Disorders: diarrhea, constipation, flatulence, heart burn.
- Respiratory Disorders: asthma, rhinitis, sinusitis, hay fever, tonsillitis, bronchitis, common cold.
- Gynecological and obstetric Disorders: infertility, PMT, painful, heavy, irregular periods, abnormal uterine bleeding or discharge, morning sickness, disorders associated with menopause.
- Neurological Disorders: headache, migraines, stroke, tinnitus.
(World Health Organization, WHO, 2004, Review & Analysis of reports on controlled clinical trials)