Acupuncture is a form of Chinese therapy that has been used for thousands of years and is becoming one of the most popular alternative treatments today.
It involves the insertion of very fine needles at specific points and depths around the body. The points are located at meridians that release the free flow of positive Qi energy therefore alleviating pain for various physical and mental conditions. Acupuncture is popular as a safe, natural and drug-free alternative to traditional medicines.
How it works
According to TCM Theory & Diagnostics, good health is dependent on the correct balance of Qi energy that flows through the meridians (pathways or channels). Pain and illness are the result of blocked meridians and an unbalanced body. Acupuncture is used to unblock these channels and restore natural balance to the body.
Western science concurs that Acupuncture is an effective therapy as the needles stimulate nerves and muscles, increasing blood flow and triggering the body’s natural painkillers, improving body function and promoting self-healing.
Does it hurt?
Acupuncture, performed by a qualified practitioner should be painless and completely safe. Sometimes a slight pressure is felt as the needles are inserted and make contact with the meridian channels in order to balance the Qi. Some patients experience a tingling sensation throughout their body but, overall, the experience is one of pleasurable relaxation.
What conditions does it help?
Acupuncture is used to help a wide range of conditions. It is particularly effective for the following ailments:
- Pain relief for recurring headaches and migraines, back problems, and pain and nausea associated with chemotherapy
- Smoking cessation
- Sleep disorders
- Anxiety and depression.
Acupuncture should only be carried out by a qualified practitioner who is a regulated member of a recognised acupuncture organisation.