Acupuncture is one aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It involves the insertion of very fine needles (sterile, single use) into certain locations in the body (acupuncture points) which are selected based on the presenting symptoms and the patterns or diagnosis deduced from them by the practitioner. It can be used alone or combined with other aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

It has been widely used by Chinese people for thousands of years and has been successfully merged with modern Western medicine in the hospitals and clinics throughout China. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognises Acupuncture as a viable means of treatment for a wide range of conditions, and in the hands of a qualified practitioner it is an entirely safe treatment, free from any harmful side-effects.

Acupuncture is based on the concept that our bodies contain “Qi” (pronounced “chi”) or “vital energy”. This circulates throughout the body using invisible pathways known as meridians / channels / Jing Luo, and illness occurs when the Qi becomes blocked or is out of balance. Acupuncture points are a series of locations known to cause certain behaviours or changes to the Qi, and the insertion of needles into these locations will aid the body’s ability to heal itself and restore balance from within.

What can Acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture has a very wide range of both physiological and psychological benefits. Treatments can be used for, but not limited to, the following:

  • Acute & chronic musculoskeletal disorders
  • Neurological disorders –  headache, migraine, post stroke symptoms, Trigeminal neuralgia, Carpal tunnel syndrome and neuropathy
  • Gastrointestinal disorders – constipation/diarrhea, indigestion, IBS, hemorrhoids
  • Respiratory disorders – common cold, sinusitis, seasonal allergies, bronchitis, asthma, rhinitis
  • Gynecological disorders – PMS, irregular menstruation, fertility enhancement, menopause syndrome
  • Cardiovascular disorders – circulatory problems; hypertension
  • Emotional disorders – stress, anxiety, insomnia, depression
  • Skin disorders
  • Fatigue
  • Cancer treatment support
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Preventive medicine & wellness maintenance

 What can I expect from an Acupuncture session?

Acupuncture points are situated in all areas of the body, often not near the area of pain. Loose clothing should be worn, particularly so your legs and arms can be exposed if necessary. The treatment will take place whilst lying on a padded bench. Needles are very thin, so insertion causes little to no discomfort, and your treatment may involve anything up to 20 needles. You may feel tired, relaxed or energised after a treatment.

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