Chinese Medicine Acupuncture is a natural and comprehensive health care system that can treat a wide variety of conditions.
By using very fine needles, different areas of the body are stimulated to reduce pain, increase circulation and decrease inflammation.
Research has shown the mechanisms involved include numerous mediators such as serotonin, norepinephrine, dopamine, endorphins, enkephalins and serotonin amongst others.
Anti-inflammatory effects have also been identified which of are particular importance in inflammatory conditions such as migraine, osteoarthritis, a range of musculoskeletal conditions and for conditions such as hay fever.
Chinese Herbs are often a crucial aspect of treatment, along with relevant diet and lifestyle advice.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
Acupuncture involves the stimulation of certain acupoints on the body with very fine, sterile, once-only use needles.
Inserted painlessly with the utmost care, the needles are then left in for a period of time ranging from 15-40 minutes whilst you simply relax and unwind.
This is a very relaxing and rejuvenating experience.
Your treatment may also include physical therapies such as massage, cupping or gua sha and Chinese Herbal Medicine.
In a little more detail … from a Chinese Perspective
Acupuncture works by balancing your body’s bio-energetic system via the meridians or ‘channels’.
There are 12 major meridians that traverse the surface of the body (i.e limbs and trunk) that then connect in deeper with the internal organs and 8 extra, deeper meridians.
Very fine, sterile needles area gently inserted into carefully selected acupuncture points along these meridians.
Even more detail … if you’re really keen
WHAT IS A MERIDIAN?
Anyone who has received acupuncture will know that fine needles are carefully inserted into specific places called acupuncture points along a meridian or “energy channel”. But what exactly is a meridian or “energy channel”?
A meridian is a pathway or channel through which the “qi” or functional energy flows in the body. In Chinese Medicine there are 12 main meridians and 8 extra meridians, with many other “connecting” meridians that link everything all together (In Ayuvedic medicine, they recognize 72,000 channels or nadis!).
The meridians travel together all along the body in an upward and downward direction and pass internally linking with the Internal Organs. They form a dense and complex network carrying vital energy to all parts of the body. Each meridian has a superficial pathway, where the acupuncture points are located, and a deep pathway into the abdominal and chest cavity amongst the internal organs. And it is through this connection that we can affect the functioning of an internal organ with acupuncture needles, that is, by affecting the flow of energy in its related meridian.
One way of explaining the meridians is to liken them to a network of waterways such as rivers, canals and seas. It’s almost as if the qi in the channels travels through the meridians like water does down a river. There are places were the water flows more shallow and quickly, or more deeply. There may be other places where the water level is low and hardly flows at all, creating stagnation. This is similar with the flow of “qi” or vital energy through a meridian. It is the goal of an acupuncturist to ensure a healthy flow of qi through the meridians in the same way we like to see full, healthy flowing rivers making their journey out to the sea.