Acupuncture is an insertion of fine needles to a specific places called acupoints that trigger healing properties and effects on the body. This practice has roots up to 3000 years ago and was constantly evolving and refining since ancient times. 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 energetic channels in the body known as ‘meridians’. Treatment involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific places called acupoints.
The idea behind it is to create a stimulus to the nervous system which in response triggers 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 hay fever, 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 just relaxation and improving their general health. However, there are many health issues that acupuncture can be helpful in treating. Please feel free to contact me to find out more about any particular issues.
How does it feel to be needled?
Acupuncture needles are so fine that most people don't even feel them being inserted. It is normal to feel a mild tingle or an ache, when the needle is adjusted to enhance its effects, but usually many people feel very relaxed during the treatment that some even fall asleep.
Is acupuncture safe?
Yes, it is safe if it is done by a properly trained and qualified acupuncturist. The risk of serious adverse events is extremely low and on some occasions 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 lasts only a 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 over the course of treatment. However, some conditions might need stricter and longer sessions, which will be discussed during initial consultation.