What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a complementary medical practice, that forms part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which involves stimulating certain points on the body with a fine needle, to alleviate pain or to aid in the treatment of various health conditions.
Developed millennia ago in China, Acupuncture and indeed TCM, works on the principles of the free flow of Qi and the balance of Yin and Yang in the body. When there is a blockage in the free flow of Qi, or an imbalance occurs in the Yin and Yang of the body, in may result in the build-up of pain or the manifestation of various ailments. Today, Acupuncture is one of the most popular TCM techniques that are used to treat these imbalances. Other techniques and treatments offered here include Cupping, Tui Na, and Chinese Herbal Medicine.
`Energy flows where intension goes’
Is Acupuncture safe?
When treated by a competent, certified Acupuncture practitioner, the risks of using Acupuncture are very low. Single-use, disposable ultra-thin needles are now the practice standard, so there is the least possible risk of infection. Practitioners are also trained to a very high standard. This training would include a 3 year degree, which includes detailed study of human anatomy and a thorough overview of Western pathology and medicine. All practitioners need to have insurance and need to participate in annual CPD’s to keep in line with the latest developments.
Any minor side effects that may occur, such as tiredness, soreness, minor bruising or bleeding where the needles are inserted are minimal and self-correcting.
Examples of what Acupuncture might help with:
- Anxiety, Stress, insomnia, irritability, depression, dementia
- Breathing disorders; such as asthma, allergic rhinitis, COPD, sinusitis
- Dermatological disorders; such as acne, eczema, psoriasis
- Digestive disorders; such as gastrointestinal tract disorders, nausea/vomiting, constipation
- Immune support; such as cancer care, chronic fatigue syndrome, colds and flu, cystitis, coronary heart disease, hypertension, Raynaud’s, Rheumatoid arthritis
- Menstrual and reproductive; such as period pain, endometriosis, dysmenorrhoea, labour, conception/IVF support
- Pain relief; such as headaches, back pain, chronic pain, injuries, arthritis, sciatica
‘Your body’s ability to heal is greater than anyone has permitted you to believe’.