A is for Acupuncture

The procedure of acupuncture involves insertion of fine, sterilised needles (filliforms) into specific meridian points on the human body to both encourage the flow of qi or chi (an all-encompassing energy pronounced chee) and to clear energy blockages.

History

Authorities believe that acupuncture has been practised in China for around 4000 years beginning in the Stone Age when sharp-edged tools and stone knives were used to puncture the skin to drain cysts and abscesses. Along with herbs, massage and specific diet, the Chinese believe that the fine and surprisingly benign needles stimulate nerve endings and alter a person’s brain function, particularly where underlying pain is concerned. But it’s not just the Chinese who favour acupuncture as an efficient, beneficial remedy. The popularity of acupuncture has seen it become a widespread and accepted treatment in both Asian and Western countries. To some degree, when conventional medicine is not entirely effective, acupuncture can ‘fill the gaps’ and also offer harmony and balance to one’s mind and body as based on traditional philosophy.

Benefits of Acupuncture

  • Acupuncture treatment addresses both underlying cause of illness or disease and its symptoms
  • Acupuncture can be used with other therapies such as massage, laser therapy and cupping to re-establish the flow of qi
  • Acupuncture procedures are not painful and can provide drug-free pain relief
  • Acupuncture treats a wide range of chronic and acute illness
  • Acupuncture’s holistic approach links mind, body and emotions
  • Acupuncture treatments help to maintain general well-being and supports prevention against illness and disease

Common Disorders that Acupuncture can treat:

  • Neurological conditions such as migraines and headaches, stroke, dizziness and nervous tension
  • Respiratory conditions including tonsillitis, bronchitis, hay fever, laryngitis, sinusitis and even the common cold
  • Digestive disorders such as constipation, diarrhoea, liver and gall bladder problems, weight problems, gastric ulcers and haemorrhoids
  • Cardiovascular disorders including angina, muscle cramping, poor circulation and low or high blood pressure
  • Muscular skeletal disorders such as back and neck pain, arthritis, gout and sciatica
  • Psychological circumstances including anxiety and depression, nervousness, emotional unrest, smoking habits and a variety of phobias
  • Gynaecological issues such as hormonal imbalance, abnormal bleeding, amenorrhea, prolapsed uterus or bladder, problems conceiving and morning sickness
  • Skin problems such as acne, dermatitis, hair loss, eczema, psoriasis and shingles (herpes zoster)