Acupuncture is one the most ancient healing practices in the world, dating back at least 2000 years. A major component of Traditional Chinese and Japanese Medicine, it works by stimulating specific points on the body, usually by inserting very fine sterilised metallic needles into the skin.
Today acupuncture continues to be safe, applicable and effective in our modern world and increasingly popular as an alternative health therapy in the West.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine takes a holistic approach to understanding normal health and disease processes. It focuses as much on the prevention of sickness and preservation of health, as on treatment.
Utilising thousands of years of observation of the human body, this approach takes into account emotional wellbeing, diet and environmental factors to identify the root cause of disharmony in the individual.
In 1997 the World Health Organisation recognised acupuncture as beneficial in the treatment of digestive disorders, neurological conditions (neuralgia, headaches, migraines), respiratory conditions (asthma, bronchitis, tonsillitis, sinusitis, influenza) hormonal or fertility issues, chronic or acute pain (arthritis, sciatica, spinal pain, tennis elbow) , and emotional conditions related to stress and anxiety.
Benefits of Acupuncture
Concerned with restoring the flow of Qi (pronounced Chi) through all the pathways and channels (Meridians) in the body, acupuncture has many benefits:
- Effective relief for both chronic and acute pain, especially from musculoskeletal origins such as spinal pain, tendonitis and arthritis.
- Encourages healing of injuries by restoring Meridian pathways and increasing circulation to the injured region.
- Calms and stabilizes emotions such as irritation, anger, anxiety and grief, supporting our health through difficult phases in our lives.
- Harmonising effects of acupuncture help the digestive, respiratory, urinary and hormonal systems.
- Acute viral conditions, the common cold, sinusitis or lingering post viral conditions respond well to acupuncture and Chinese herbs.
Acupuncture can be very relaxing, calming the mind and the spirit. It is a treatment that assists us to remain ‘in balance’ within ourselves and is a pathway to maintaining health and happiness.
Frequency of Acupuncture Treatments
Many clients will experience immediate benefit after acupuncture, whereas others note a positive result 2-3 days later. Acupuncture has an accumulatory effect where the treatments build on each other.
Acute conditions such as a cold, the flu or chronic illness will require more frequent treatments initially, whereas others respond individually within 1-8 treatments. It is wise to note every ‘body’ responds at its own healing pace.
As a preventative health measure, acupuncture once every 4-6 weeks is effective.