Acupuncture applies needles, heat, pressure, and other treatments to certain places on the skin to cause a change in the physical functions of the body.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
The use of acupuncture is part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). TCM is a medical system that has been used for thousands of years to prevent, diagnose, and treat ill health.
Acupuncture is based on the belief that Qi (vital energy) flows through the body along a network of paths, called meridians. Qi is believed to affect a person’s spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical condition.
According to TCM, Qi has two forces, yin and yang. Yin and yang are opposite forces that work together to form a whole. The forces of yin and yang depend on each other and are made from each other in an unending cycle, such as hot and cold, day and night, and health and disease.
When a person’s yin and yang are not in balance, Qi can become blocked. Blocked Qi causes pain, illnesses, or other health problems. TCM uses acupuncture, healthy diet, herbal therapy, physical exercise and massage to restore health by unblocking Qi and correcting the balance of yin and yang within person.
Traditional acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles into acupoints, stimulates and enhances the free flow of Qi, therefore regulating the harmonious energetic balance of the body.
The oldest known medical book in China is in the second century BC. It describes the use of needles to treat medical problems. The use of the treatment spread to other Asian countries and to other regions of the world, including to Europe by the 1700s.
According to TCM, Qi can be unblocked by using acupuncture at certain places on the skin, called acupoint. Acupoints are places where the meridians come to the surface of the body.
More and more evidence of Western medicine acupuncture have shown that acupuncture needles stimulate the body’s natural healing response. This includes:
- A release of your natural local painkillers and endorphins in the area
- An increase in local blood circulation
- A change in muscle activity to relax active tight ‘tension point’
- A cortical response in the brain to block incoming pain signals
This consequently relieves pain, speed healing and restore the balance of well being.
The acupuncture method most well-known uses needles. Disposable, stainless steel needles that are slightly thicker than a human hair are inserted into the skin at acupoints.
The acupuncture practitioner determines the correct acupoints to use for the problem being treated.
Acupuncture is a form of therapy in which fine needles are inserted into specific points on the body.Generally speaking, acupunture is very safe. It is estimated that over 100 millions people in the world choose to have acupuncture treatment each year. Serious side effects are very rare.
Acupuncture is a natural way of healing. It is effective to rebalance various external as well as internal imbalances.We use sterilised, single-used, disoposable neendles in our clinic.
Acupuncture is a very safe treatment. We use single, sterile, disposable needles in our clinic.
Rare side effects may include:
- Drowsiness on the day after the treatment.
- A small bump or bruise from the needle site. This will resolve in a few days.
- Feeling slightly sweaty or faint. This will resolve quickly after treatment.
Belows are some of the conditions commonly treated by acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine:
Muscular: Back Pain, Sprain, Frozen Shoulder, Sciatica, Arthritis, Soft Tissue Rheumatism, Stiffed neck, Sport Injury, Tennis Elbow, Capel Tunnel Syndrome, etc.
Neurological: Headaches, Migraine, Sciatica, Facial Nerve Pain, etc.
Internal Health: Anaemia, Asthma, Bronchitis, Colitis, Common Cold, Consitipation, Indigestion, Stomach Pain, Headaches, IBS, Diarrhoea.
Dermatological: Acne, Hair Loss, Eczema, Athlete’s foot, Psoriasis,etc
Women’s Health: Fertility, Irregular Periods, Cystic Fibroids, Menopausal Symptoms, Premenstrual Tension, etc.
Men’s Health: Erectile Dysfunction, Impotence, Premature Ejaculation.
A number of sessions are recommended depending on the various conditions and the treatment.
Electro-acupuncture: A procedure in which pulses of weak electrical current are sent through acupuncture needles into acupoints in the skin.
Acupressure: A type of massage therapy in which the fingers are used to press on an acupoint.
Moxibustion: A type of heat therapy in which an herb is burned above the body to warm a meridian at an acupoint and increase the flow of blood and qi.
Cupping: A procedure in which a rounded glass cup is warmed and placed upside down over an area of the body, making a vacuum that holds the cup to the skin. Cupping is used to increase the flow of blood and Qi. It is believed to open up the skin’s pores and allow toxins to leave the body.
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