Acupuncture is an effective method of rebalancing and healing the body. It is part of the traditional medicine of china and has over the last 3000 years developed a unique understanding of the workings of the body.
Over recent years, acupuncture has established itself as a significant and major alternative to orthodox medicine. Its recognition has come increasingly from medical practitioners as well as from the public at large.
Because acupuncture originates from a culture whose philosophy, logic, habits and life style are different to ours, it is an approach to healing which may seem far removed from western ideas.
Acupuncture is the natural treatment without any side effects. Alternative treatment is also available – Chinese herbal medicine, acupressure, moxibustion and electronic acupuncture.
How does Acupuncture work?
Chinese medicine concentrates upon an individual’s “qi”. Qi is simply the vital energy of the body. Although orthodox medicine science has yet to understand this energy, it can be imagined as a sort of electricity that flows through the body, distinguishing living creatures from inanimate objects.
When a person is healthy, the qi flows smoothly and strongly. If the flow is blocked or interrupted as for example in arthritis or a sports injury then pain will occur; if however, the flow is too weak and a person ‘lacks qi’, then illnesses such as flu or anaemia may develop.
Acupuncture corrects the flow of qi by inserting miniature sterilized( disposable)needles into particular ‘points’ on the body effecting positive changes in the way the body functions to restore health and well-being.
What happens when you consult an acupuncturist?
The first time you see an acupuncturist, she/he will question you to gain an all-round picture of your situation which will take into account lifestyle, diet, hereditary factors and your emotional loading. By analyzing this information, a firm, clear picture of your underlying disharmony will emerge.
This is the greatest skill of the acupuncturist – who not only finds out what is wrong, but importantly what caused it. This is useful to you not only in assessing your current health status, but gives you a valuable insight into what your susceptibilities are and how you can prevent future problems.
Agreeing a plan of treatment
On the basis of the diagnosis and considering such factors as age, duration of condition etc, the practitioner will propose a plan of treatment. The plan will include an estimate of how many treatments are required & may include dietary advice, exercise and relaxation techniques to practice at home.
It is essential to remember, as with any natural medicine, that getting well also depends on your own commitment and effort between visits to the practitioner.
How many treatments are needed?
An average course of treatments involves 2-5 sessions. For a severe illness of long duration, more treatments will be necessary; for short & acute conditions may be as few as two or three sessions.
The treatment. Some of us are put off by the idea of needles. This fear is usually based upon bad experiences with hypodermic needles as children. An acupuncturist’s needles, however, are very fine, so insertion is painless. The sensation felt is usually a mild ache, numbness or tingling. Some people feel no sensation at all. The needles stay in for a short time while you rest and afterwards you will feel very relaxed and comfortable.
What about infection? The acupuncture clinic uses only miniature, sterilized & disposable needles; the needles are used once and once only before being disposed of.
Is acupuncture for you? Treating a wide range of health problems from simple acute sprains to long term debilitating illnesses. Acupuncture is a powerful form of medicine, even where there is no clear diagnosis from an orthodox medical perspective. People of all ages can benefit from treatment.
Acupuncture has been effectively used for the treatment of back pain, headache, migraine, and sports injuries. However, acupuncture provides more than just pain relief. It is helpful in treating anxiety, insomnia, digestive problems, abdominal, menstrual cramps, weight control, infertility and much, much more.