Acupuncture is one of the longest established forms of healthcare in the world. It originated in China approximately 2,500 years ago is now practised across the globe.
Acupuncture promotes the body’s innate healing abilities and helps to reestablish the body’s natural state of balance, make it a safe, chemical-free alternative for relief from many of today’s most common health complaints.
Though today we know this list to be more extensive, in 1979 the World Health Organization (WHO) published the following list of common conditions proven to respond to TCM Acupuncture:
Upper Respiratory Tract:
Bronchial asthma (most effective in children and in patients without complicating diseases)
Disorders of the eye:
Myopia (in children)
Cataract (without complications)
Disorders of the mouth:
Toothache, post extraction pain
Acute and chronic pharyngitis
Spasms of the esophagus and cardia
Acute and chronic gastritis
Chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief)
Acute duodenal ulcer (without complications)
Acute and chronic colitis
Acute bacillary dysentery
Neurological and Musculo-skeletal Disorders:
Headache and migraine
Trigeminal neuralgia (TMJ)
Facial palsy (early stage, i.e. within six months)
Pareses following a stroke
Sequelae of poliomyelitis (early sage i.e. within six months)
Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
Nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting)
“Frozen shoulder”, “Tennis elbow”
Today’s science shows Acupuncture can also be used effectively in:
Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and chemotherapy
Blood pressure problems
Sexual dysfunction (low libido, erectile dysfunction)
Breech position in pregnancy
Induction of labor
Rather than only treating your symptoms, acupuncture addresses the root cause of your health issues to help you find lasting relief. This holistic perspective makes acupuncture great for preventative care as well.
What happens in a treatment?
Each person who performs acupuncture has a unique style, often blending aspects of Eastern and Western approaches to medicine. To determine the type of acupuncture treatment that will help you the most, I may ask you about your symptoms, behaviors and lifestyle as part of your consultation. A prescription treatment plan will be created for you and multiple treatments will probably be required, usually once a week to begin with becoming further apart after.
Acupuncture points are situated in all areas of the body. Sometimes the appropriate points are far removed from the area of your pain. You may be asked to undress so that I can access the necessary areas but you will be covered or given a gown too. You will lie on a padded comfortable therapy couch and will be able to relax for the duration of your treatment.
Needle insertion. Acupuncture needles are inserted to various depths at strategic points on your body. The needles are very thin, so insertion usually causes little discomfort. People often don’t feel them inserted at all. Between five and 20 needles are used in a typical treatment. You may feel a mild aching or tingling sensation as the point is activated.
Needle removal. In most cases, the needles remain in place for 10 to 20 minutes while you lie still and relax. There is usually no discomfort when the needles are removed.
You may also be able to enjoy the warming wonderful effects of moxa lamp therapy included as part of your treatment where appropriate.
After your treatment Some you may feel completely relaxed or energized. Everyone responds differently to acupuncture.
If you would like more information please feel free to call and book a 15 minute free telephone/zoom consulatation with me.