WHAT IS IT?
Acupuncture involves inserting fine needles into specific points on the skin – or applying various other techniques to the acupuncture points – to respote balance and encourage the body to heal itself. Scientific studies have shown the potential for Acupuncture to be effective in treating many disorders. Acupuncture has been part of traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The foundation of Chinese acupuncture is the belief in an energy force called Qi (pronounced ‘chee’). This energy, or life force, circulates around the body through invisible channels called meridians. If the flow of Qi in the meridians is disrupted, then disease may follow. By inserting fine needles into particular acupuncture points, the disruption can be corrected and the flow of Qi restored.
Consultations’ involve discussion of your medical history and life style, then physical palpation of your pulses and abdomen. Once a diagnosis has been reached a treatment plan can be discussed.
Research has found that acupuncture may be effective in treating a range of disorders in areas including:
- Digestive – colitis, constipation, diarrhoea, gastritis, ulcers
- Emotional – anxiety, depression
- Gynaecological – heavy menstrual bleeding, painful periods, menopausal symptoms, pre-menstrual syndrome
- Musculoskeletal – back pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, tennis elbow and whiplash
- Neurological – Bell’s palsy, carpal tunnel syndrome, headache, Meniere’s disease, migraine, pain, paralysis, shingles
- Respiratory – asthma, bronchitis, common cold, hay fever
- Vascular – haemorrhoids, high blood pressure, varicose veins
- General – chronic fatigue syndrome, giving up smoking, muscle injuries, obesity, stress management, tiredness, travel sickness.
1.) What is Qi?
Qi often described as ‘vital force’, as it is said to animate all phenomena in the universe. In the body Qi can be described as bioelectricity, which provides the power to accomplish everyday activities, including growth, development, repair and protection from illness and disease.
2.) Is acupuncture the stimulation of nerves?
No, acupuncture uses the meridian system and is not related to the nervous system.
3.) Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture is the insertion of super fine needles and is nothing
like getting an injection. Many people describe the sensation as warm, buzzy or tingly.