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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine which adjusts the body's energy (knowns as qi), through the insertion of fine needles into carefully selected acupuncture points along the meridians of the body.

The needles are inserted into points in the body and are then manipulated with a gentle pumping action, by twirling or leaving in place for a few minutes. These motions stimulate the flow of energy and remove blockages so that the qi can be dispersed and regulated. When the qi is flowing properly throughout the body, the balance is restored and improved health results.

When should I use Acupuncture?

The most common uses for acupuncture in include:

  • Chronic pain, pain management
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Stress, anxiety, depression
  • Asthma, chronic cough, hayfever, poor immune system
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Low energy, fatigue, chronic fatigue syndrome
  • IBS, Bloating, digestive concerns, gastrointestinal disorders
  • Migraine, headaches, dizziness, vertigo

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine is a holistic system of primary health care that includes acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Chinese massage (Tuina), exercise and breathing therapy, and diet and lifestyle advice.

Developed in China and other parts of East Asia thousands of years ago, its primary feature is the premise that good health relies on the restoration and maintenance of harmony and balance to maintain good health within the individual. Traditional Chinese Medicine looks at the physical, mental and emotional aspects of your life, while taking the external environment including seasonal and climatic changes into account, to help you stay healthy.

Chinese medicine is holistic in that it not only attacks the illness and treats symptoms. It also restores balance to fundamental body functions as well as repairing the body after the illness has been eradicated. Chinese Medicine puts emphasis on the prevention of medical conditions through constant care of the body.

Acupuncture Frequently Asked Questions

What is Qi & how does it affect the body?

Qi is the ‘life energy’ which flows through the body when healthy. When this qi is blocked, our body loses its harmony, balance and order, leading to illness and disease. Looking at lifestyle factors, signs of dysfunction in the body, medical history and the pulse and tongue, acupuncturists seek to restore the body’s qi flow and restore you back to health.

What should I expect on my first visit?

Upon your first visit, the practitioner will record basic medical history and will proceed with the diagnosis of observation, listening and smelling, questioning and touching. Once the diagnosis is complete, the practitioner will discuss the treatment and answer any of your questions. The practitioner will then continue with an explanation what to expect from the application of the acupuncture points while insuring your utmost comfort. With your permission they will then apply acupuncture needles to a combination of specific acu points tailored to your needs. Once the acupuncture is complete and you have entered a peaceful state you will be left to relax for a period of around 20 minutes. The practitioner may incorporate other techniques such and cupping or massage during this time depending on whether it is necessary. At the end of the treatment the practitioner will discuss ongoing care where necessary.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture is generally not painful but rather gives a sensation of tingling or pressure. It is common to even feel relaxed and exhilarated.

Is acupuncture safe?

Making sure that your practitioner is licensed and trained properly, acupuncture is extremely safe and there is no danger! All needles used are sterilised disposable needles which are discarded following the treatment of each patient. The only side effect from acupuncture may be nausea, light headedness and fainting, but this is very rare. Acupuncture is even safe for children as long as your child is not frightened by needles.

Who is NOT advised to use acupuncture?

The only situations where acupuncture is not advised is if you have a hemophilic condition, if you are pregnant (some acupuncture points and needle manipulations should not be used during pregnancy), or if you have a severe psychotic condition or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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