Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese Medicine technique that was researched and refined for over 2000 years. Nowadays this practice has more spread out across the world and sought for its beneficial effects on the health and enhances the sensation of general well-being.
It is commonly used as a stand-alone treatment or in combination with other form of medicine like Chinese herbs, which in far east those are already used as a mainstream healthcare.
Acupuncture regulates the flow of ‘qi’ along pathways in the body known as ‘meridians’. Treatment involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points along the meridians.
The idea behind it is to create a stimulus to the nervous system to trigger a desired effect, like release of endorphins or oxytocin for pain relief, or other hormones for a stress relief, regulating body metabolism, and many more.
People of all ages can benefit from having acupuncture, including pregnant women and children, and acupuncture can be used effectively alongside conventional medicine.
Acupuncture is frequently chosen to deal with:
alleviate musculoskeletal aches and pains like lower back pain, any forms of arthritis, headaches and migraines, frozen shoulder,
fertility of males and females, morning sickness, various gynaecological issues, menopausal symptoms,
emotional imbalances, stress, anxiety, low mood,
seasonal hayfever, allergic reactions,
common colds, asthma, boosting immune system,
insomnia, difficulties in falling asleep or frequent disturbing dreams,
gastrointestinal issues including IBS, tiredness.
Acupuncture is considered to be beneficial for a wide range of conditions. The treatment itself is uniquely tailored for each individual depending on their presentation of the symptoms or condition. Overall, the aim of the treatment is to find the root cause of any issue and find the best measurement to alleviate it, while at the same time treating the manifestation of the causing problem.
Therefore, the end goal is to resolve the root cause of the problem, rather than suppressing it indefinitely. However, there are some serious conditions that only addressing the aggravating symptoms and stopping them from further progression is the next best option. Those details will be discussed during the initial consultation sessions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does acupuncture treat conditions not listed above?
Acupuncture is quite versatile in terms of what it can help with. There are many people who are only interested in improving their general health and relaxation. However, there are many sub-health issues that it can be dealt with acupuncture. Please feel free to contact me to find out more any particular issues.
What do acupuncture needles feel like?
Acupuncture needles are so fine that most people don't feel them being inserted. It is normal to feel a mild tingle or dull ache, when the needle is adjusted to activate its properties. However, many people feel deeply relaxed during the treatment.
Is acupuncture safe?
Yes, it is safe if it is done by the properly qualified traditional acupuncturist. The risk of serious adverse events is extremely low and only occasionally there may appear a minor bruise when the needle is removed. Some people might feel a bit dizzy or tired after the session, but it subsides in short amount of time.
How many acupuncture sessions would I need?
This generally depends on the severity and nature of the treated condition, as well as how fast each individual's body respond to the treatment. It is common to strat session once a week, usually up to 5 to 10 sessions, while reducing the frequency as your body responds. However, some conditions would need a longer plan, which will be discussed during initial consultation.