What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a way of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve how we function. This is done by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points.How does Acupuncture work?
The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body which irrigate and nourish the tissues. These meridians lines can become obstructed by emotional or physical trauma much like a landslide that obstructs the flow of a river.
The meridians are influenced by needling acupuncture points; the acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions at the dams, and re-establish the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments therefore circulate energy through the meridians and help the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities.
The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system.
The improved energy and biochemical balance produced in an acupuncture treatments stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities, and promotes physical and emotional well-being.
What is the scope of Acupuncture?
Acupuncture can influence health care by:
- promoting health and well-being,
- preventing illness,
- treatment and relief of various diagnosed conditions.
While acupuncture is often associated with pain control, in also has a much broader scope. Acupuncture can be effective as a support to western medical treatments and also as a stand alone treatment. The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems, including:
- Digestive disorders: gastritis and hyper-acidity, spastic colon, constipation, diarrhoea.
- Respiratory disorders: sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, recurrent chest infections.
- Neurological and muscular disorders: headaches, facial tics, neck pain, rib neuritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, various forms of tendinitis, low back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis.
- Urinary, menstrual, and reproductive problems.
Acupuncture is particularly useful in resolving physical problems related to tension, stress and emotional conditions.
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Can I have acupuncture if there is nothing wrong with me?
Yes. Acupuncture encourages and maintains a healthy immune system, and is really effective as a preventative treatment. Even one treatment can help your body to relax and begin self healing.
Can Acupuncture help with emotional issues?
Yes! Acupuncture can be very effective in resolving emotional issues, and as acupuncture treats the whole person, it treats imbalances in the emotions that show up in physical form and physical disorders that cause imbalances in your mental outlook or spirit. Often clients resolve long standing issues.
How many treatments will I need?
Acupuncture treatments are not a one treatment treats all so your number and frequency of treatment will be tailored to your unique needs, depending on the severity of illness, lifestyle and other contributing factors. Generally patients come once a week for four to six weeks. Then the time between visits is reduced typically to twice a month and then once a month to maintain health.
Because acupuncture is preventative as well as curative, patients are encouraged to come in regularly to maintain balance and connection.
Even one acupuncture treatment can have a profound effect and help free up Chi energy.
Are there any side effects to the treatment?
Usually not. As energy is redirected in the body, internal chemicals and hormones are stimulated and Wholistic Healing begins to take place. Occasionally the original symptoms worsen for a few days, or other general changes in appetite, sleep, bowel or urination patterns, or emotional state may be triggered. These should not cause concern, as they are simply indications that the acupuncture is starting to work.
It is quite common with the first one or two treatments to have a sensation of deep relaxation or even mild disorientation immediately following the treatment. These pass within a short time, and never require anything more than a bit of rest to overcome.
What are the needles like? Do they hurt?
Most patients feel only a minimal sensation as the needles are inserted; some feel no sensation at all. Acupuncture needles are very thin and solid and are made from stainless steel. The point is smooth (not hollow with cutting edges like a hypodermic needle)
Only disposable needles are used.
Does Acupuncture really work?
Yes. In the past 2,000 years, more people have been successfully treated with acupuncture than with all other health modalities combined. Today acupuncture is practised widely in Asia, the Soviet Union, and in Europe. It is now being used more and more in America by patients and physicians. Acupuncture treatments can be given at the same time other techniques are being used, such as conventional Western medicine, IVF, osteopathic or chiropractic adjustments, and homoeopathic or naturopathic prescriptions. It is important that your acupuncturist know everything that you are doing, so he or she can help you get the most benefit from all your treatments.
Do I have to believe in Acupuncture for it to work?
No. Acupuncture is used successfully on cats, dogs, horses and other animals. These animal patients do not understand or believe in the process that helps them get better. A positive attitude toward wellness will always reinforce the effects of your treatment. just as a negative attitude may hinder the effects of acupuncture or any other treatment. A neutral attitude (“I don’t know if I really believe in this.”) will not block the treatment results.
Are there any “Do’s and Dont’s” for me on the day of a treatment?
Yes. Follow these guidelines to get the most out of your treatment:
- Don’t eat an unusually large meal immediately before or after your treatment.
- Don’t over-exercise, or drink alcoholic within 6 hours before or after the treatment.
- Be open and honest and let your practitioner know of any medical or emotional issues
- Allow time after your treatment to rest, this will allow your system to assimilate the treatment.
- Continue to take any prescription medicines as directed by your regular doctor. .
- Keep a note of how you felt after your treatment this will help with your follow up treatment.
- Take on board any advise or lifestyle changes suggested by your practitioner.
Is Acupuncture covered by Health Insurance?
Acupuncture is one of the few Holistic Treatments covered by Health Insurance, you should check your individual health policy to see if you are covered.
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