What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture originated in China and can be traced back to about 2000 years. Traditionally, it is used to promote health and wellbeing by restoring the body’s natural balance.
According to Traditional Natural Medicine, the aim of acupuncture is to restore the body’s equilibrium – mind, body and spirit matrix. This is based on the premise that bodily functions are regulated by Qi – an ‘energy’ or ‘vital force’ which flows through the body known as meridian channels.
When Qi cannot flow freely, this causes an imbalance in the body which results in pain and disease. As the ‘vital force’ of the body, Qi corresponds to the electromagnetic fields which appear to develop and organise body function. Qi also corresponds to blood flow, nervous tone, oxygen movement and muscle tone and capability.
In traditional medicine terms, acupuncture triggers the process of healing and corrects imbalances in the flow of Qi, restoring the body’s natural balance.
How it works
The acupuncture process involves inserting the use of fine, single use, sterilised and disposable needles under the skin at specific points in the body’s network of energy channels. The technique is simple, highly effective and efficient and most people feel significant improvement after their first session of acupuncture.
Moxibustion uses various forms of gentle heat to stimulate acupuncture points. We may also use cupping which involves placing heated cups over the skin to encourage blood flow.
Should my doctor know?
Acupuncture can be used alongside conventional medicine. If you have been prescribed medication you may wish to tell your doctor that you are planning to have acupuncture.
You should always tell your acupuncturist about any medications you may be taking. It is helpful to bring along medical test results and any medications, in their original containers.
What does acupuncture feel like?
Acupuncture needles are finer than needles used for injections and blood tests. Most clients find acupuncture to be extremely relaxing and with no discomfort. Some clients do not feel the insertion of the acupuncture needle, but you may feel a dull ache at the insertion or a tingling which soon after disappears.