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What is acupuncture?

what_is_acupunctureIt is the practice of inserting needles into acupuncture points of your body to achieve pain relief and healing.

For thousands of years, the Chinese have developed this unique system of medicine. No one knows exactly how acupuncture came about. Some say that it began when the ancient medicine men of China observed that when sharp objects pierced the flesh the ailments suffered by individuals were relieved or cured. Over the centuries, the Chinese have mapped the channels of energy (Qi), which cover the body. Points along these channels were found to have specific health benefits when pierced by fine needles. There are in excess of 360 points on the 12 channels. During a treatment session, anywhere between 2 and 20 points may be punctured. In the main, acupuncture treatment is painless, although some patients do experience various sensations associated with the stimulation of the Qi energy.

Your acupuncturist is able to influence your health and sickness by stimulating certain areas along these acupoints by using fine and slender needles to stimulate those points.

Working of acupuncture:

Acupuncture works by balancing the flow of energy levels also called as qi levels in your body. Qi consists of positive and negative energies. If you are a healthy person, the qi is balanced and flows well.

If you have any pain or illness, it results in the blockage hence preventing the qi from flowing along the correct paths to maintain that balance. Acupuncture treats illness and diseases by unblocking the qi.

Acupuncture is a holistic system that treats your body as a whole and it observes the illness as a disturbance somewhere in that whole. The actual working of acupuncture involves understanding the acupoints of your body and where the points that control various organs and bodily systems are.

It involves the use of pressure points often applied by inserting needles into your body at the acupoints and controlling those needles to achieve positive effects. During the acupuncture treatment, several types of opioids may be released into the central nervous system there by reducing the pain.

Acupuncture may alter the brain chemistry by changing the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones. It regulates your body's blood pressure, blood flow and your body's temperature

Types of conditions treatable with acupuncture

Acupuncture and herbal medicine have been shown to be beneficial for many conditions; below are just a few:

Eczema, Acne, Psoriasis, Shingles, Urticaria, Asthma, ME, IBS, Common Cold, Constipation, Diarrhoea, Abdominal pain, Haemorrhoids, Chronic Indigestion, Candida, High/Low Blood pressure, PMT, Menopause, Loss of Libido, Infertility, Leucorrhoea, Irregular Periods, Period Pain, Endometriosis, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Stress, Depression, Insomnia, Nightmares, Night Sweats, Arthritis, Rheumatism, Stiff Neck, Back Pain, Sciatica, Tendonitis, Frozen Shoulder, Sports Injuries, MS, Stroke, Bell's Palsy, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Migraine, Hay Fever, Sinusitis, Tinnitus, Hearing Problems.

Acupuncture can also help overcome addiction to smoking, drugs, alcohol and food. Acupuncture is not a cure for addictions. Patients need to be committed to giving up the addictive substance. Acupuncture will make the withdrawal more bearable.

Do I need to do anything before I attend for treatment?

It is important that you keep your G.P. informed of any treatment that you are receiving. Equally, it is important that you inform your acupuncturist of any other treatment you are having. On the day of your treatment, it is important that the bladder and stomach are not full. Clothing should be loose so that each area of the body to be treated is easily accessible.

Is acupuncture dangerous?

There are no dangers associated with acupuncture when administered by a qualified and experienced practitioner. The needles used are disposable and are used only once. There is no danger of cross infection. Needles are sealed in sterile blister packs and are only opened just before use. The treatment you will receive will be fully explained to you prior to needling. Acupuncture is often described as a pleasant relaxing experience; some people may feel tired after treatment while others feel energised.

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