Acupuncture is a complex medical system that is used to diagnose and treat illness, prevent disease and improve well being. It originated in China more than 3,000 years ago and due to it's proven effectiveness has been embraced throughout the world. It involves the insertion of extremely fine pre-sterilised needles at predetermined points on the body's surface to restore health.
Acupuncture can be used alone or combined with Western Medicine or with other forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) such as Herbal Medicine, Moxibustion (Heat Treatment), Qigong, (Theraputic Exercise) and Tui-na (Chinese massage)Commonly Treated Conditions:
The World Health Organization recognizes Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine as a viable means of treatment for a wide range of conditions. Some of the most commonly seen complaints in the acupuncture clinic are as follows:Infections
: Colds, Flu, Viral Infections. Ear, Nose and Throat Conditions
: Sinusitis, Hay fever, Rhinitis, Catarrh. Dermatology
: Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne. Psychological
: Depression, Stress, Insomnia, Anxiety Musculoskeletal
: Arthritis, Sciatica, Pain Relief, Sports Injury, Bells Palsy. Internal Disease
: Asthma, Bronchitis, Blood Pressure, Indigestion, Bowel Problems, Diabetes, M.E., Headaches/ Migraine, M.S, Trigeminal Neuralgia. Genitourinary/ Gynaecology
: Infertility, Impotence, Premenstrual Syndrome, Menstrual Problems, Menopause, Cystitis.
A typical Acupuncture Session
The practitioner will spend some time discussing your condition and a detailed case history is taken. Your tongue and pulse may also be examined. Total confidentiality is assured at all times.
Number of Treatments
Since each person is unique the number of treatments needed, will vary.
Chronic long term conditions will take longer to treat than acute conditions that have just occurred. If the patient is in good health recovery may be quicker.
Also the frequency of treatment prescribed will have an impact. Initially treatments may be administered close together and then become less frequent as the condition improves.
The adherence of the patient to the instructions provided can also influence the speed of recovery.
The Practitioner will usually discuss the treatment plan with the patient.Patient Safety
Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment when performed by a well trained, conscientious practitioner. All our therapists use pre-sterilized, disposable needles.
If you are pregnant or trying for a baby it is important you let your practitioner know as the treatment will need to be modified as Acupuncture is used extensively for fertility and pregnancy issues.
Today, acupuncture is an effective, natural and popular form of health care that is being used by people from a wide range of ages and backgrounds, for a range of disorders, in many areas of the world.
The theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine state that when healthy, our Qi or life force runs through our body in a network of channels or meridians. Perfect health is a free flow of Qi (pronounced chee). An interruption of blockage can create imbalance, blockage or stagnation, which itself can result in illness. Our professional practitioners are trained to assess an individual, looking at all aspects of the person, to identify imbalances, and carry out a professional treatment in a holistic manner.
Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific acupuncture points along the body's meridians to clear energy blockages and encourage the normal flow of qi . The practitioner may also stimulate the acupuncture points using other methods, including moxibustion, cupping, laser therapy, electro-stimulation and massage, in order to re-establish the flow of qi.