The World Health Organisation recognises Acupuncture as an effective treatment for over 100 medical conditions. Acupuncture therapy is one of the safest, most effective and cost-efficient methods of health care. Acupuncture therapy has no side effects; is completely drug free and is covered by many insurance companies and employee benefit programmes.
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How can acupuncture help you?
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a system of healing which has been practised in China and other eastern countries for thousands of years. Although often described as a method of pain relief, it is in fact used to treat people with a wide range of illnesses. Its focus is on improving the overall well being of the patient, rather than the isolated treatment of specific symptoms. That's why Oriental medicine has been the first choice for countless millions of people over thousands of years.
traditional Chinese philosophy, our health is dependent on the body's
motivating energy known as Qi. This Qi should move in a smooth and
balanced way through a series of channels beneath the skin. Qi consists
of equal and opposite qualities, Yin and Yang. When these become
imbalanced, illness may result. By inserting needles into the channels
of energy, an acupuncturist can stimulate the body's own healing
response and help restore its natural balance. The flow of Qi can be
disturbed by a number of causes. These include emotional states such as
anxiety, stress, anger, fear, grief and factors such as poor nutrition,
weather conditions, hereditary factors, infections, poisons and trauma.
Who has acupuncture?
A wide variety of people come for acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or conditions. This can include anxiety states, arthritis, asthma, back pain, circulatory problems, depression, Fibromyalgia (fibrositis), high blood pressure, indeterminate aches and pain, infertility, menstrual problems, migraines, rheumatism, sciatica, skin conditions, ulcers and many more ailments.
Acupuncture is a safe treatment for all. It has proved to be effective in pregnancy management and for the relief of pain in childbirth. Acupuncture is also helpful for people trying to overcome addictions such as those related to smoking, alcohol, food and drugs.
Some people have acupuncture as a preventative measure to strengthen their constitution, or because they feel unwell in themselves without being 'ill' in the western medicine sense. It is commonly used alongside conventional medicine in the treatment of both acute and chronic diseases. As with any therapy, the response to acupuncture can vary from one person to another.
What does it feel like?
Most people's experience of needles is of those used in injections and blood tests. Acupuncture needles bear little resemblance to these. They are much finer and are solid rather than hollow so Acupuncture is often refered to as dry needling. When a needle is inserted, the sensation is often described as a tingling or dull ache.
Needles are inserted either for a second or two, or left in place for up to 20 minutes, depending on the effect required.
The benefits of acupuncture frequently include more than just relief from a particular condition. Many people find that it can also lead to increased energy level, better appetite and sleep as well as an enhanced sense of overall well being.
What will happen on my first visit?
Your first consultation may be longer than subsequent sessions. The acupuncturist needs to assess your general state of health, in order to identify the underlying pattern of disharmony and give you the most effective treatment.
You will be asked about your current symptoms and what treatment you have received so far, your medical history and that of your close family, your diet, digestion, sleep patterns and emotional state. The acupuncturist will feel your pulse on both wrists as this will help in the diagnosis and understanding of underlying weakness and strengths. The structure, colour and coating of your tongue also give a good guide to your physical health.
When the information has been gathered to determine the cause of your problems, the acupuncturist will select the most appropriate treatment. The aim is to discover which energy channels need adjusting for your specific complaint and which require treatment to boost your overall energy and vitality
There are around 500 recognised acupuncture points on the body, of which about 100 are most commonly used. Stimulation of specific areas on the skin affects the functioning of certain organs in the body. However those areas may not be close to the part of the body where the problem is experienced. For example, although you may suffer from headache, needles may be inserted in your hand or foot
The acupuncturist may supplement the needle treatment with moxa, a smouldering herb that is used to warm acupuncture points to enable the body's energy to flow smoothly. Other methods of stimulating acupuncture points include using lasers or electro-acupuncture. Massage or tapping with a rounded probe are techniques particularly suitable for small children or for people with a fear of needles.
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