What is Acupuncture?
It is a system of healing which has been practised in China and other Eastern countries for thousands of years. People often think it is just a means of pain relief, but acupuncture is used to treat people with a wide range of illnesses. In acupuncture the focus is on improving the overall wellbeing of the patient, rather than the isolated treatment of specific symptoms.
The Role of Qi (pronounced Chi) Our health, according to traditional Chinese philosophy, is dependent on the body’s motivating energy – known as Qi – moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of channels beneath the skin. Qi consists of equal and opposite qualities – Yin and Yang. When these become unbalanced, illness may result. By inserting fine needles into the channels of energy, an acupuncturist can stimulate the body’s own healing response and help restore its natural balance.
A number of factors can disturb the flow of Qi such as: anxiety, stress, anger, fear, grief, poor nutrition, weather conditions, hereditary factors, infections, poisons and trauma.
The principal aim of acupuncture in treating the whole person is to recover the equilibrium between the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual.
Acupuncture is thought to trigger the release of endorphins in the brain and release corticosteroids into the bloodstream. These chemicals affect various body systems, reduce pain and make you feel good.
Who Can Benefit From Acupuncture? The treatment is safe for everyone. Acupuncture may help with specific symptoms or conditions including anxiety, arthritis, asthma, back pain, circulatory problems, depression, facial paralysis, fibrositis, high blood pressure, indeterminate aches and pains, infertility, menstrual problems, migraine, morning sickness, rheumatism, sciatica, skin conditions and ulcers.
The important thing to bear in mind is that the aim is to treat you, the person with these problems, not just the signs and symptoms alone.
How Can Acupuncture Help You?
I use acupuncture to deal with specific conditions or as a preventative measure to strengthen a patient’s constitution. Perhaps you feel unwell without being ill in the Western sense? Acupuncture may help you.
Acupuncture can be used alongside conventional medicine to treat both acute and chronic disease. It can bring about more than just relief from a particular condition. It can also lead to increased energy levels, better appetite and sleep, as well as an enhanced overall sense of well being.
As a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), I observe a Code of Safe Practice, which lays down stringent standards of hygiene and requires the use of sterile disposable needles.
What Does a Consultation Involve?
I will get to know you. The overall general impression is very important to establish the nature of the problem. I will check your pulse and certain acupuncture points for tenderness or pain. I will consider the colour, shape and coating of the tongue – and check your face and skin for signs indicating whether any internal organs have problems.
When I have chosen the correct acupuncture points, I will insert small, very fine needles into them. This should be quick and painless.
(The disposable needles come in sealed packs already sterilised to prevent any risk of infection.)
Do Contact me if you have any further questions by using the comments section below