It is used extensively for a variety of medical purposes ranging from the prevention and treatment of disease, to relieving pain and anesthetizing patients for surgery. Acupuncture literally means 'needle piercing,’ the practice of inserting very fine needles into the skin to stimulate specific anatomic points in the body (called acupoints). The acupoints are stimulated to correct imbalance in the movement of Qi in the body and to restore health and vitality. The therapeutic effects of Acupuncture are based on the Chinese concept of “Qi” - life’s energy or vital force. When you’re healthy, Qi energy circulates within the body through specific channels or meridians and is made up of two components, yin and yang, which are opposite but complementary forces. Disruption of the balance of yin and yang is thought to produce illness through the energy imbalance and affects the functioning of internal organs and body systems.
The successful use of Acupuncture has been documented extensively in China and modern science has established that the insertion of these needles elicits the production of various chemicals, which in turn contribute to a healing process. Acupuncture is a widely accepted form of treatment by orthodox and non-orthodox health practitioners. It has been recognised and endorsed by the World Health Organisation as a valid and useful treatment for over 100 conditions. Very fine needles are inserted from just below the skin to varying depths. Because they are so fine, pain is not usually experienced. However, different sensations may be felt; most commonly a slight burning or stinging. Even young children usually tolerate Acupuncture very well. Along with the usual method of puncturing the skin with the fine needles, therapists also use heat, pressure, friction, suction, or impulses of electromagnetic energy to stimulate the points (such as Cupping Therapy, Fine Infrared Therapy, Electrical Stimulating Therapy, Tui Na, and Moxibustion...). Taking a multi-disciplinary approach, a session in Acupuncture will often include other complimentary therapies such as Herbal or Nutritional Medicine to support the healing process. You don’t have to be ill to benefit from Acupuncture; many people use it as part of an overall program to help maintain their energy levels and optimal health.
In the consultation, I will discuss the main problem in detail and then ask other relevant questions about aspects of your health to help build up a complete picture and to put your illness into holistic context. After the discussion I will take your pulse and examine your tongue. Taking the pulse is Chinese Medicine differs enormously from Western medicine as it is an important pillar of diagnosis which helps give information about the state of your Qi and the status quo of your internal organs. A physical examination will be performed for any muscular-skeletal problems and it is common practice to palpate along acupuncture channels for a wide range of ailments.
The length of treatment
On the whole, acute problems such as a recently strained back will only require a few treatments and problems of a more chronic nature require more treatment. We suggest 1 or 2 appointments per week for the first few weeks in order to achieve the quickest response from your body. As your condition improves, treatment is reduced to 1 appointment per week or per fortnight. Then you need to get maintenance treatment once a month in order the energy build up again. The duration between treatments becomes longer until your condition is resolved and you no longer require treatment. The aim of Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment is to set up your organ and circulation function so that your body works properly by itself without treatment. Certain conditions may require treatment to be arranged around the stages and phases of the body (menstrual cycle, fertility & IVF).