Restoring your bodies wellbeing through ancient medicine
What is Acupuncture?
Traditional acupuncture is a healthcare system based on ancient principles which go back nearly two thousand years. It has a very positive model of good health and function, and looks at pain and illness as signs that the body is out of balance.
The overall aim of an acupuncture treatment is to restore the body’s equilibrium.
Often just four to six acupuncture treatments are needed but sometimes with longer standing conditions more are necessary. Many patients receive treatments on a regular basis, just as they would a massage, to help keep their body balanced and healthy.
Traditional acupunctureTraditional acupuncturists are trained to use subtle diagnostic techniques that have been developed and refined for centuries. The focus is on the individual, not their illness, and all the symptoms are seen in relation to each other. Each patient is unique; two people with the same western diagnosis may well receive different acupuncture treatments.
The principles of acupuncture
The underlying principle of treatment is that illness and pain occur when the body’s qi, or vital energy, cannot flow freely. There can be many reasons for this; emotional and physical stress, poor nutrition, infection or injury are among the most common. By inserting ultra-fine sterile needles into specific acupuncture points, a traditional acupuncturist seeks to re-establish the free flow of qi to restore balance and trigger the body’s natural healing response.
In addition to needling acupuncture points, an acupuncture treatment may include other Chinese medicine techniques such as:
MoxibustionApplication of indirect heat using moxa (therapeutic herbs) and/or heat lamps to warm and relax muscles and energy meridians.
Tuina ( Massage )
Relieve muscle tension, stimulate acupressure points, open energy meridians and stimulate the flow of qi.
Electro-acupunctureA very low frequency electrical current (1Hz) is applied to the needle to increase blood flow, relax muscle tissue and clear stagnant qi.
Vigorous rubbing of the skin to increase blood flow and clear stagnant qi.
Acupuncture points located on the ear. Often used with other styles of acupuncture or on its own to treat pain or addiction.
Glass cups with a vacuum seal are placed on the skin to stimulate blood flow and clear stagnant qi.