What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a way of encouraging your body to promote natural healing and to improve how you function. This is done by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points.
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 your body which irrigate and nourish your tissues. These meridians lines can become obstructed by emotional or physical trauma much like a landslide that obstructs the flow of a river.
Your meridians are influenced by needling precise acupuncture points; these acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions at the dams, and re-establish the regular flow through your meridians.
So your Acupuncture treatment therefore circulate energy through your meridians and help your body’s internal organs to correct imbalances in your organs digestion, absorption, and energy production activities.
The modern scientific explanation is that needling acupuncture points stimulates your nervous system to release chemicals in your muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change your experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence your body’s own internal regulating system.
In summary the improved energy and biochemical balance produced in your acupuncture treatments stimulates your body’s natural healing abilities, and promotes your physical and emotional well-being.
What is the scope of Acupuncture?
Acupuncture can influence your health care by:
- promoting your health and well-being,
- preventing illness,
- treatment and relief of symptoms of your 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.
Scheduling an acupunture treatment for relaxation and rebalancing, can go a long way in helping you cope with the curve balls life throws at you.
Can Acupuncture help with emotional issues?
Yes! Acupuncture can be very effective in resolving emotional issues, and as acupuncture treats the whole person, it works both ways
If you consider that your emotional state can cause illness in your body and that illness can effect your emotional state, then eventually your mental outlook on life will take a dive and your sense of self or your spirit will eventually break.
This means that a long term illness, trauma to your body, giving birth, grief can result in feelings of anger, resentment, entrapment, hurt, anxiety and many other detrimental feelings.
Think about your Mind, Body and Spirit as the magic triangle that holds you together and just as any structure needs three walls or three legs if any one of our mind, body or spirit is out of sorts the other two cannot support us for long.
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 making you feel more relaxed and energised
Are there any side effects to my Acupunture Treatment?
Usually not. As energy is redirected in your body, internal chemicals and hormones are stimulated and Wholistic Healing begins to take place. Occasionally your 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 your acupuncture treatments are 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.
Clients generally report a very deep sleep after thier treatments and sometimes this is the first time in a long time that they have slept all the way through the night.
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 and are single disposable needles. The point is smooth (not hollow with cutting edges like a hypodermic needle)
I belive that in order for your body to enter homeostasis you must feel relaxed and therefore my Acupuncture Treatments are gentle and non agressive.
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.
Maintaining 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 your treatment results.
Are there any “Do’s and Dont’s” for me on the day of a treatment?
To get the most out of your treatments, Here are a few guidelines a few dies or don;t’s
- 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 your treatment.
- Wear loose comfortable clothing to allow access to your legs, tummy back and arms.
- 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 your 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?
Yes! 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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