Acupuncture & TCM
Acupuncture is an ancient system of healing originating in China over 2,000 years ago and now used
all over the world. The practice of acupuncture utilises the acupuncture channels or meridians and
acupuncture points on the body which are stimulated in a variety of ways to restore the natural flow of
Qi or vital energy within the body. As well as needling, your treatment may involve massage,
acupressure, cupping, moxibustion (warming the acupuncture point with mugwort herb) and gua sha,
gentle stimulation of the skin surface with a round edged tool. Most acupuncture treatments will
involve the insertion of fine, sterile needles to acupuncture points, to be retained for some time,
usually around 20-40mins. Acupuncture bolsters your body’s ability to return to its natural healthful
state when it has been driven off track by factors such as stress, diet, lifestyle, injury, long term
chronic disease and contagious diseases.
Acupuncture has been scientifically shown to decrease inflammation, promote immunity and increase
cellular function. It promotes the healthy circulation of blood, decreases acidity and improves the
body’s ability to effectively eliminate carbon dioxide providing increased levels of nutrition and
oxygenation to the cells, and relaxes the muscles.
Due to these and many other beneficial effects acupuncture is useful in the treatment of a very wide
range of conditions in areas of digestive health, women’s health, fertility, pregnancy support,
menopause preparation and support, immunological conditions such as hay fever, respiratory
conditions such as asthma, chronic fatigue, musculoskeletal conditions, circulatory conditions, pain
conditions, neurological conditions, ears, eyes, nose and throat conditions, genitourinary disorders
and psycho-emotional conditions such as depression and anxiety. Acupuncture affects the whole
body and mind complex and you may also find relief from symptoms other than your main reason for
receiving acupuncture as your body’s natural rhythms fall back into place.
In a typical acupuncture session you can expect your health condition will be assessed through
interview, pulse and tongue diagnosis, the channels on your legs and arms may be palpated (felt), as
well as your abdomen and back. Once your diagnosis is made you will receive your treatment. What
is given will depend on your condition on the day. You may receive the same treatment at consecutive
sessions if that is what is needed, often, adjustments will be made based on your progress between
sessions, and your treatment will change.
If you are struggling with a health challenge and wondering if acupuncture may be able to help you
please do not hesitate to get in touch
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